Chocolate Covered Fruit Skewers
Healthy and Beautiful

Easy to make and easier to love!

This chocolate covered fruit skewers recipe has it all – natural beauty, healthfulness, easy to make, easy to eat – it’s that simple elegance that makes something just plain good.

Choose the colorful fruit that’s in season where you are, making sure to splash the cut fruit into a lemon juice solution so your last guests will enjoy this as much as your first.



Being in the Northeast, we would use 100% maple syrup, however that’s just us. A simple substitution and a little trick for “maple syrup” is to use normal table syrup and add a bit of maple extract – this might not work so well on your favorite waffles, but it will get you through a recipe or two if necessary.



Portions/Servings

This recipe will feed 50 people, if you are you are serving other desserts, and/or appetizers, dinners, etc. Read about Party Food Quantities and how to plan for the right amounts.


Chocolate Fruit Skewers Recipe Shopping List for 50 People:

___ 9 lbs. of assorted fruits. We mean the “net” weight, after peeling and prepping. We like to use strawberries, plums, peaches, pineapple, bananas, grapes, and anything else that’s colorful and in season.

___ six fresh lemons

___ 8 oz. of maple syrup, or use extract and water.

___ regular duty aluminum foil

___ 22 oz. total of semi-sweet chocolate. This can be a variety of different kinds, however the higher amount of chocolate "solids", the firmer the skewers will be.

___ Frilled, 4” toothpicks, a box of 100

___ Mint leaves, or chocolates for a nice garnish.





Procedure:

On the Day of the Party:

In a large bowl, squeeze out the juice of the six lemons. Add a few quarts of water, enough to cover each of the fruits after they’re cut and prepared.

Here is the perfect knife for this job - small, comfortable, quality and sharp.





Clean, peel and cut the fruit into decorative, bite size pieces.





Work with one of fruit at the time.





Put some of the cut fruit into a strainer and dip the strainer into the bowl of lemon and water.





Trim the fruit nice and clean.





We like to cut thin pieces, a true bite-size piece....





...easy for your guests to to slide off the toothpick.





The bananas should only soak in the lemon juice for 30 seconds.





Swirl the strainer around so that the lemon water comes in contact with each of the fruit pieces. Lift and shake the lemon water off the fruit and store in zip-lock bags, in the refrigerator, until ready to assemble.







Now for the fun part! Skewer up those pretty fruits, taking time to put just the right colors next to each other. Be creative and have some fun. Remember, these are the paints and your party is the canvas!

In a bowl, combine 8oz. of maple syrup with 4oz. of water. Stir till blended.

Begin the assembly process by constructing the aluminum foil drying rack. First spread some film on your work area, then arrange the foil "rope" to form a rack. Make the rope around 1" around, so that the fruit won't touch anything qwhile it's drying. Use an empty toothpick to accurately measure the distance between the two sides of the rack.




As you complete each skewer, dip the fruit the maple syrup mix.







Quickly shake off the access and place the skewer on the rack to dry off.


When all the skewers are assembled, break up the pieces of chocolate into chunks and place and into a bowl. Make sure that the bowl will sit nicely on a saucepan half filled with water. Over a low flame, bring the water to a simmering a boil and heat the chocolate until melted.




Carefully placed the bowl of hot, melted chocolate next to your sheet pan/rack of skewered fruit.





Like an artist with brush in hand, artfully drizzle the chocolate over the fruit.





Arrange the skewers on a platter and serve.





Leftovers:

Refrigerate any leftovers and enjoy them all you can.








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