Chocolate-covered strawberries are a staple Valentine’s Day dessert, but they’re also actually a relatively healthy one! With two simple ingredients, chocolate and strawberries, this dessert provides fruit-forward nutrition while still satisfying an older adult’s sweet tooth.
For seniors with diabetes, cardiovascular issues or obesity struggles, this dessert is perfect—allowing them to still enjoy a treat while maintaining a relatively low sugar and carbohydrate intake.
Time: 50 minutes
- 1 dozen strawberries, washed and dried
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup white chocolate chips
- Line a large cutting board with parchment paper.
- Pour chocolate chips into separate microwave-safe bowls (one for the white chocolate and one for the semi-sweet chips).
- Separately, microwave each chocolate bowl for 2 minutes on medium (50%) power. Stir and then microwave again in 15-second increments until melted, stirring in between. Don’t overheat or burn the chocolate.
- Once both chocolates are melted, dip strawberries into chocolate and lay on parchment paper to dry.
- If adding sprinkles, add while the chocolate is still wet. If adding other chocolate embellishments, wait until the chocolate is dry.
- Place strawberries in the fridge for about 10 minutes to fully dry.
FOOD WASTE TIP: If you have leftover melted chocolate, pour it into a container, zipper bag or dry ice cube trays, and put it into the freezer until solid. You can then reuse this chocolate!