Decadent Carob Covered Strawberries look super fancy! They are the classic way to deliver romance. They’re stunning, inviting, delicious and heart-melting to stare at. It is tough to beat that perfect fusion of fresh strawberries and naturally sweet carob chip. Each bite just melts in your mouth. As if we need more reasons to love them, these carob desserts are one of the simplest Valentine’s Day treats you could possibly make. Amazingly easy that it’s just dip and done! So if you want to learn how to make carob covered strawberries that are nutritious, you’ve come to the right place! We’re talking about two ingredients–homemade carob chips and fresh strawberries.
It is worth mentioning that in the health department, these desserts could qualify as one of the best carob covered strawberries. We are talking about indulging desserts that are guilt-free. It is naturally sweet and not sugary. There is no refined sugar or artificial sweetener involved in this recipe. There is no dairy, no palm oil and no soy lecithin. No preservatives or additives involved. So it is safe to say that these carob strawberry delights are gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian.
How To Make Carob Covered Strawberries
It is all about quality ingredients. When you only have two ingredients involved to work with, it is recommended to make sure that they are top-notch. First, we are using only gourmet-level carob chips. Meaning, carob chips made by following our recipe. That one only calls for organic carob powder and organic cacao butter. This combination ensures that you’re getting a higher quality chip for a world of applications. So make sure that you’ve made your carob chips days before you make these strawberry treats. A day before works, too.
Equally important is the type of strawberry. They have to be fresh, unblemished and feature a nice even form. Either they’re for gifting or enjoying, you deserve the best. After all, they have to look romantic. You don’t necessarily have to be a berry snob but look for strawberries with a lot of leaves attached. Aesthetically, the leaves offer a rich contrast of color. Additionally, they work as great handles for when you’re eating them.
Prepare the Strawberries
To begin, carefully rinse or wash the berries then pat them dry with a paper towel. They have to be completely dry and in room temperature before dipping. If they’re slightly damp, melted carob chip will not stick and will just slide right off the strawberry.
Melting Carob Chips
We recommend using a double boiler for this. Melting carob chips sounds like a simple concept but can be challenging in practice. Please train yourself to remember LOW HEAT ONLY. Stirring frequently with a rubber spatula until the chips are melted and smooth is highly recommended. The key thing that you need to keep in mind is that the carob chips cannot get wet. If water gets in your carob melting process, it will not melt properly and you’ll start over with a new batch of carob chips.
Before Dipping The Strawberries
We recommend optimizing your workspace by lining a baking sheet or pan with parchment paper. Position the completely dry berries right next to your parchment-lined pan. Moreover, place a hot pad next to the pan for when the carob chip is melted. If you want to take this experience further, prepare small bowls for your desired decorative toppings.
Before you go for a dip, make sure that some fruit skewers are within reach. Resist the urge to use the leaves as a handle for dipping. Gently insert the skewer into the top part of the strawberry, then dip it into the melted carob chip. Place the berry on the parchment-lined pan and let it rest at room temperature. One thing that we highly suggest is to go back and double dip the strawberries once they’ve set. This step packs more carob chip richness and makes the surface appear smoother.
Jazzing Them Up
Carob-covered strawberries look gorgeous on their own but pushing the beauty meter notches higher is incredibly simple. While they’re still wet, you may sprinkle the strawberries with finely-chopped pistachios or other types of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, or coconut flakes. Once the carob chip has hardened, you may add decorative stripes to the smooth surface. Dip a fork into melted carob chip and drizzle it over the berries. For extra flavor and precision, you may fill a piping bag with Carob Hazelnut Spread, snip the tip and start drizzling.
You’ll find that dressing up these carob-covered strawberries is limitless. Anything is possible. Store them in an airtight container inside the refrigerator before gifting them.
You’d ask, we know. How long do carob dipped strawberries last? They can be stored in the fridge for 1-2 days maximum but are best served the same day that are made. The carob chip coating will cause them to sweat and release moisture. Nobody enjoys soggy carob covered strawberries.
RECIPE. Carob Covered Strawberries
- 1 Double Boilder
- Wash and dry the strawberries. Ensuring that the strawberries are dry is crucial because if there is moisture on the surface of the fruit, the melted carob chip will not stick. Make sure that strawberries are at room temperature before you begin.
- If you're planning to have a variety of carob covered strawberries, prepare your toppings such as crushed pistachios, as we've shown above in photos. Make sure the toppings are in their own small bowls or plates.
- Set a parchment lined baking tray to place the dipped strawberries.
- Prepare your double boiler and as soon as it reaches low gentle boil, reduce the heat to the lowest setting. Set a large, heat-proof glass bowl on top and make sure that the bowl tightly covers the pot. Additionally, ensure that there are a few inches of space between the bottom of the bowl and the water.
- Add homemade carob chips to the bowl and stir constantly until melted and smooth.
- Remove the bowl from heat. Let it sit for a few minutes, stirring occassionally, until it cools into a thick consistency that is great for coating.
- Dip the strawberries in melted carob chips.
- Lay the dipped strawberries on prepared baking sheet and allow them to rest until the carob chip coating has completely set.
- Once they've set, dip the strawberries one more time. You may do a third time, if preferred.
- Coat in desired toppings (optional).
- Let them set on your counter until they harden.
- Make sure the strawberries are completely dry before dipping.
- We recommend using fruit skewers. If unavailable, grab the strawberry by the stem and dip both sides in melted carob chips. Let excess carob come off the strawberry and wipe the bottom on the edge of the bowl to prevent the carob from pooling when placed on parchment.
- Double-dipping is recommended to make the surface smooth.
- Carob covered strawberries are best enjoyed the same day they are made. The carob chip coating will cause them to sweat and release moisture.