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Chocolate covered strawberries are an American favorite and milk chocolate covered strawberries are considered the best by many. While the histories of chocolate and strawberries are ancient, the first chocolate covered strawberry was sold commercially in the 1960s. They were simply fresh strawberries dipped in melted chocolate. Today the choices are endless and not only do these delightful treats taste good, they are healthy.
Chocolate has been traced back to the ancient Mayan and Aztec societies. The cocoa was served as a chilled beverage with spices added. The beverage was bitter as sweetener was not added until centuries later in Europe. Whether served bitter or sweet, everyone knows that chocolate is a healthy food containing antioxidants.
Strawberries were named 'strew berries' or 'strewn berries' because the berries were strewn across the plant. It is believed they were later called strawberries because farmers used straw to mulch the berries with. Strawberries grow on every continent on the planet except for in Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Strawberries are a beloved berry worldwide. The strawberry stems are edible. Strawberries are in the rosaceae family, along with roses, and contain vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, fiber and Vitamin B6. Chocolate covered strawberries are the perfect dessert for any occasion from a simple get together with friends to a big holiday celebration to a formal black-tie event.
Milk chocolate covered strawberries are made several different ways; with the simplest being to dip the strawberries in melted milk chocolate. No matter how they are prepared, milk chocolate strawberries are the smoothest, sweetest and creamiest of all chocolate covered strawberries.
Today there are many choices for chocolate covered strawberries. There are dark chocolate covered strawberries; there are white chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate strawberries covered with nuts, sprinkles or coconut. Chocolate covered strawberries decorated like bride and grooms, footballs and holly berries are available. Chocolate covered berries have been used to decorate cakes and cupcakes and have been used as groom's cake for weddings. There are even white chocolate covered strawberries for Easter. Heart-shaped candies or Gummy Bears may be placed in the chocolate while it is still warm and will stay in place after the chocolate cools and hardens. Flavored chocolate can be made by adding coffee, brandy or other flavoring to melted chocolate.
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