Looking for a healthy dessert that is also decadent? You can’t go wrong with Chocolate Covered Wine Infused Strawberries. The best part about these Wine Infused Chocolate Covered Strawberries is that they’re easy to make!
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Chocolate Covered Wine Infused Strawberries
We all know that strawberries are a delicious snack, but did you know they can also be turned into a dessert? Chocolate covered wine infused strawberries have many benefits. They are high in antioxidants, which reduce inflammation and fight cancer cells. And with the addition of chocolate, this dish is not only healthy and tasty – it’s decadent!
Best Way to Clean Strawberries for Chocolate Covered Wine Infused Strawberries
You can just soak and wash your strawberries in a large bowl of water with a splash of vinegar for about 20 minutes. Once the strawberries are clean, remove them from the water and rinse them well. You also want yo dry them. The excess water can make the strawberries mold quickly. You can use a salad spinner to do this quickly, or just let them sit on a paper town for a while.
Why do strawberries mold so fast?
The high water content of the strawberry is perfect for growing mold. If you are going to be using your strawberries within a few days, I’d personally just go ahead and wash them and dry them off and refrigerate or freeze them. Remember that once you freeze the strawberries, the texture will change. For many recipes this doesn’t matter but when eating the fruit alone, this can be a problem for some.
Should you refrigerate strawberries?
The general rule of thumb for strawberries is this: If you plan on eating them within the next day or two then don’t refrigerate them. If you are going to be storing your strawberries longer than that, store them in a cool spot and if possible keep them separate from each other so they don’t all touch. The warm air around the berries will cause them to ripen and this riper berries are prime areas for mold growth.
If you’re eating them within a day or two then there is no need to worry about the overripening of the fruit. It’s really not something that will just happen overnight – it takes a few days to even happen. Frozen berries can last for up to 8 months.
How long do wine infused chocolate covered strawberries last?
Just like everything else, freshness is the key to making sure your strawberries taste great. Store your chocolate covered berries in the refrigerator for up to a week. If you live in a warmer climate, keep them in the refrigerator but just as with other fresh produce, they will only last a few days until they start to get mushy. The same goes if you freeze the strawberries – store them in an airtight container and they can last for about 8 months. Just remember, the frozen ones will have some freezer burn when you remove them from the container and this won’t affect their taste or texture but just make sure to plan ahead of time.
Should strawberries be cold before dipping in chocolate?
I like to dip them in the chocolate when they are cold. It gives me more control over the fruit and it ensures that they don’t get too hot and start melting the chocolate. When the strawberries are cold, it helps the chocolate to harden faster.
Do Strawberries absorb alcohol?
Yes, the wine infused chocolate covered strawberries will absorb the wine and make them a bit boozy. They’re not going to get you drunk but they do have that slight alcoholic taste that people associate with chocolate covered fruit that has been soaked in alcohol.
How much alcohol will be absorbed by your strawberries?
You might be surprised to know this, but it really depends on how long you soak your berries for. It also depends on what kind of wine you use because some kinds of wines are stronger than others.
How do you inject fruit with alcohol?
You want to infuse the strawberry using the pipettes. By adding the alcohol into the pipette and then inserted it into the strawberries. The alcohol will absorb slowly. This is the best way to inject fruit with alcohol.
What is the Best Wine for Wine Infused Chocolate Covered Strawberries
I personally prefer to use a cheap box red wine. You can also use white wine or champagne, but the reds tend to give the best flavor. The color of the chocolate will also affect the overall flavor. Darker chocolates are going to pair better with fruity wines while milk and white chocolates work great with sweeter wines and champagnes.
I tend to use Moscato when I am making these. It is what I usually have on hand and it is the wine I like the flavor of best. You can truly use whatever kind of wine you like best and it is sure to taste fantastic.
How Many Weight Watchers Points in Chocolate Covered Strawberries
In chocolate covered strawberries, without the wine, they come in at about 7 points for 3 strawberries. For this recipe, you are using 1 cup of wine. The average wine for 8 ounces comes in at 7 points, so when you spread this across 2 pints, it doesn’t really change the points. Since these are not exact measurements, like how much chocolate is on each berry or how much wine goes in each berry, you will have to estimate the best you can but 7 points for 3 berries is pretty accurate. And believe me, you will think it is worth every. single. point!
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How to Make Chocolate Covered Wine Infused Strawberries
Wash and dry your strawberries. Pat them dry. Put the berries on a baking pan with parchment paper. Insert one pipette filled with wine into each strawberry, so they can absorb it. Wait until the wine has been absorbed into the berry before you eat it.
You will need 2 pots. This is to make a double broiler. Fill the first pot with water and put it on the stove to boil. Put the second pot on top of the first one and turn off the stove. Add chocolate to this pot and stir until it melts.
Dip each strawberry into the chocolate and then put it back on the baking sheet. Melt some pink and red wafers and drizzle it over the top for a decorated look.
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Wine Infused Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- 2 pints of large ripe strawberries
- 1 cup Ghiradellhi chocolate
- 1 cup of your favorite wine
- 20 plastic pipette tubes
- Red and pink chocolate melting wafers
- Wash and dry your strawberries and pat dry let sit.
- Place your strawberries on a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
- Take your pipettes and add your wine of choice and insert one into each strawberry.
- Let sit until all the wine has been absorbed into the berry.
- Begin to melt your chocolate.
- Using double boiler fill the bottom pot 2/3 of the way with water bring to a boil on medium heat.
- Place the second pot onto of the first one.
- Reduce heat to low.
- Add your chocolate to the second boiler.
- Stir to melt.
- Dip each strawberry into the chocolate covering 3/4 of the berry.
- Place the berry back on the baking sheet to allow to dry.
- Begin to melt the pink and red wafers.
- Drizzle the various chocolate colors on your berries for a decorated look.