Strawberry moon chocolate-dipped strawberries

The next strawberry moon will happen in 2062 but you don’t have to wait that long to enjoy these summer beauties. In fact, you shouldn’t wait a moment longer. This is the height of strawberry season and local farm markets are the best places to get the tastiest, most fragrant specimens. Check out Birdhouse Farmers Market every Tuesday from 3:00 until 6:30 pm, May through November.

Chocolate-dipped strawberries are easy to make. I like to use Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips with local heavy cream. Just heat the chips and cream in a microwave, dip berries (make sure they are completely dry or the chocolate will not stick) in the warm chocolate ganache, and cool on parchment or waxed paper. In the unlikely event that you have any leftovers, cover the chocolate-dipped strawberries with waxed paper and store in the fridge.

Fresh strawberries from the Birdhouse Farmer's Market in Richmond, VA.

Fresh strawberries from the Birdhouse Farmer’s Market in Richmond, VA.

 

Strawberries dipped in chocolate ganache with a splash of purely medicinal Cointreau Noir.

Strawberries dipped in chocolate ganache with a splash of purely medicinal Cointreau Noir.

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