People often ask me what I eat instead of chocolate since I'm vegan (and since I'm allergic to milk people have been asking me a lot longer). The good news is that there are lots of vegan chocolate options. The bad news is that it's not like you can just grab the grocery store chocolate covered strawberries and go. It takes a bit more planning. It's pretty simple to melt down some Enjoy Life allergen free chocolate chips and dip strawberries in it, so I wanted to do something a bit different. I have some white chocolate chips I ordered online (since I've never seen vegan white chocolate chips in a store), so I was excited to involve them. I also love a good chocolate peanut butter combo- so why wouldn't I bring in strawberries on that action?! Strawberries and peanut butter are best friends, and who am I to keep them apart.
And so was born the white chocolate and peanut butter double dipped chocolate coated strawberries (with sprinkles no less!). I must really really love my Valentines- and you, dear readers.
Like I said, the white chocolate is a bit tricky to find, but everything else is easy to get ahold of and it comes together really quickly and easily.
1 cup white chocolate chips (I used Pascha, which you can order from their website)
1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy, always creamy)
15-20 strawberries (if you are concerned about farmer ethics, here's an article about why you may want to boycott Driscoll's brand berries. In my area, I was able to find locally grown Louisiana berries. My plants are dormant now, but I also grow my own strawberries)
1 cup chocolate chips (I always choose Enjoy Life brand chips, they are my favorite and melt beautifully)
SPRINKLES (optional, but definitely encouraged. I like these India Tree ones made with natural colors).
Step 1: Wash and dry your strawberries. If they don't have nice stems, you might want to insert toothpicks in the top so you will have a handle for dipping. Prepare a sheet pan/tray with a layer or parchment paper for setting/cooling your strawberries.
Step 2: In a double boiler (a pot of boiling water with a glass or metal bowl on top), melt down your white chocolate chips and peanut butter, stirring to blend completely. The white chips melt so fast that you can turn off your boiling water and just let the carryover heat melt the chips. Once it's smooth, take bowl off top and set on a trivet or pot holder while you dip.
Step 3: Dip your strawberries into the peanut butter and white chocolate mixture and then set on parchment paper. You'll have dip leftover, even if you do 20, so don't worry about that.
Step 4: Place peanut butter coated strawberries in freezer to firm up. Meanwhile, return your bowl of dip to double boiler and add chocolate chips. Stir in until smooth and remove from heat.
Step 5: Redip the chilled strawberries in the chocolate mixture, and set back on pan. Coat with sprinkles and chill in refrigerator until you are ready to eat.
You should have leftover chocolate sauce- this is not a problem! You can either pour it into cupcake liners and chill to harden, or pour over ice cream and it will get hard like magic shell! Either way, it's a win win.
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