What do you get when you put four (single) female writers in one room with a few bottles of wine and an oversized batch of chocolate-covered strawberries? Answer: lots of estrogen, endorphins and laughs about problems of the pen to problems with men. Carrie Bradshaw couldn’t write our stories if she tried.
A few nights ago, the fabulous Lisa Divirgilio, otherwise known as Dating Diva, hosted a Sex and the City wine night at her apartment. Two of my lovely grad school friends and I sat in her living room, where we sipped chianti, dished about our relationship sagas and feasted on the berries I brought over. I’ll keep our stories a secret, but I will share my hit chocolate-covered strawberry recipe. After the first bite, Dating Diva asked me, “How are you not married with children?”
Dark and decadent chocolate-covered strawberries
- 2-3 packages of fresh strawberries (anywhere from 24-36 medium-sized strawberries)
- 1 12 oz. bag of dark chocolate chips
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 tbsp. rice milk, coconut milk or almond milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Wash your strawberries and set them aside.
- Slowly melt the chocolate chips, cinnamon, vanilla and rice milk together over a double boiler (a.k.a. an oven-safe bowl over a small pot of boiling water), lowering or turning off the heat so that the chocolate doesn’t scorch. Stir the chocolate until it’s smooth and rich.
- Using either your fingers or a toothpick, dip each strawberry into the chocolate mixture. Lay the berries one by one on a sheet of wax paper. Let them dry completely before serving them.
The cinnamon and vanilla give the chocolate a unique, heavenly twist while the rice milk adds silkiness. People will ask you what makes these cocoa-dipped babies so delish. Do yourself a favor; don’t tell ‘em. Keep ‘em wondering.