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This recipe is for lovers of chocolate, strawberries, and all things spicy! When you feel the heat of the chocolate, you’ll have a mouthful of refreshing strawberry juice to wash it down, only to repeat the cycle again and again. These Chipotle Spiced Chocolate Covered Strawberries are addicting. Consider yourself warned. 😉
Inspired by my recipe for Mexican Inspired Chocolate Truffles, using dark chocolate and spices, I decided to up the heat and pair it with refreshingly juicy strawberries picked fresh from a local farm. The combination was stellar, easy, and has the “wow factor,” making it a perfect homemade gift for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, anniversaries, birthdays, and special occasions.
Chipotle Spiced Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- 4 oz dark chocolate bar 70% cacao
- 24 room temperature strawberries rinsed and dried If strawberries are refrigerated, remove them from the fridge half an hour beforehand to reach room temperature and dry off any condensation using a paper towel.
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 1 tbs salted butter
- 2 tsp honey
- 1½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground chipotle chili pepper
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Prepare the double boiler by filling it with water, and over medium heat, set it to simmer.
- In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, mix in the heavy cream, butter, and vanilla and bring to a boil.
- Once the cream mixture has reached a boil, remove the pan from the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes.
- Using a chef's knife, roughly chop the dark chocolate bar.
- Place the chocolate into the double boiler above simmering water, occasionally stirring with a spatula until completely melted.
- Place parchment paper on the half sheet pan and set it aside.
- Once the chocolate has melted, remove it from the stove and, using a spatula, mix in the cream mixture from the small saucepan you set aside earlier.
- Add in the cinnamon and chipotle chili pepper and mix to combine.
- Holding the strawberries by the greens at the top, dip the strawberries into the chocolate, swirling them around to coat the strawberry thoroughly. Lay the chocolate-covered strawberries on the parchment paper covered sheet pan.
- Place the sheet pan with the chocolate-covered strawberries into the refrigerator for 30 minutes to set.Keep the chocolate-covered strawberries refrigerated to keep fresh. Consume within two days.
- Sensitive to heat? Add only ¼ tsp of the chipotle chili pepper at a time and taste the chocolate after each ¼ tsp until you reach your desired heat level. Alternatively, if you like things spicier, you can add in more heat.
- If you do not have a double boiler, you can make one by using a pot with a couple of inches of water and placing a medium-sized mixing bowl (like a pyrex) on top. The mixing bowl shouldn't be touching the water below, so adjust the water level accordingly.
- Don't want to mess with a double boiler? You can slowly microwave the chocolate at 50% power for 15-20 seconds at a time, removing the bowl of chocolate to mix and repeat until the chocolate has melted.
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