When you pick out your chocolate, get the best quality you can find. This does not necessarily mean the most expensive - there are many great options available in the candy aisle or the baking section of your grocery store (I like Dove or Ghirardeli). When you’re shopping for white chocolate, make sure that the words “cocoa butter” appear in the list of ingredients. Many brands contain absolutely no cocoa butter, using instead sugar, hydrogenated oil, and artificial flavorings. A higher quality chocolate will make your treats taste truly "gourmet".
You don't have to limit yourself to plain chocolate, either. Add some flair to your treats by experimenting with different flavored baking chips or candy, such as butterscotch or mint chocolate.
The easiest goodies you can make are items that are simply dipped in melted chocolate. You can add color and texture by then rolling the dipped treats in an assortment of coconut, nuts or sprinkles (this is also a great way to color coordinate your goodies for a themed gift or party). Here's how you do it:
And that's all there is to making chocolate covered goodies that look like they came straight from the gourmet chocolatier! There are so many wonderful foods that can be dipped in chocolate that I could hardly list them all, but here are a few ideas that you can experiment with:
Make one or make them all! Put together an assortment of goodies for a gift basket, or to set out at your next party - They're sure to be a hit!
If you need something spectacular for a formal event, check out this tutorial for making Chocolate Covered Tuxedo and Wedding Dress Strawberries. They'll be sure to impress everyone on the guest list!
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