(Gluten-Free) Chocolate-Covered Fruit

This became a favorite appetizer of mine after a Christmas party I served this at several years ago.  They’re always a hit, and a decadent way to meet your daily requirement of fruit!


1 pound fresh strawberries washed
8 ounces dried Turkish apricots
8 ounced medjool dates
8 ounces E. Guittard 72% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate, chopped
8 ounces E. Guittard 38% Cacao Milk Chocolate, chopped
2 Tablespoons shortening


1. In a double boiler, gently melt the chocolate and shortening over simmering, not boiling water. Be sure to stir well to fully incorporate the shortening.

2. Keep the chocolate at a low heat and gently dip the fruit in the mixture.

3. Place each piece on a piece of wax paper and transfer to the fridge for 30-60 minutes to set. You may have to re-warm the chocolate a few times as it starts to set.

Note: Taking a cue from my experiment with fondue, I mixed two types of chocolate, but if you only have one it will work just fine. Also, I don’t have a double boiler so I set up a large pyrex bowl over a saucepot with simmering water.

If you want to get more creative, try chopping up nuts or melting white chocolate for an extra bit of color and flavor. Substitute cherries, apples or other dried fruit. Though really, what more do you need than chocolate and strawberries?

Tina Turbin


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5 thoughts on “(Gluten-Free) Chocolate-Covered Fruit

  1. Yummy! I love chocolate covered fruit, especially strawberries and pineapple. It almost feels as if I’m eating something that’s healthy for me! Isn’t that funny? I’m sure it’s better than eating like a cupcake or a bowl of ice cream or something, but it can’t actually be GOOD for you.

  2. This is so much easier than I thought it would be. I don’t know why I thought it would be hard but I pictured it that way because I haven’t had much lucky with fondue in the past. Anyway, I think I might just be making some chocolate covered strawberries soon!

  3. Wow this looks good and it also looks very simple, which is always a good thing! I don’t eat that many sweets, so I don’t like to make cakes and cookies and things like that but this is great because it’s mostly fruit with some chocolate on it. You could almost say it sounds healthy! Especially those people who say chocolate is good for you, this could be a great dessert when you think about it.

  4. I loooove to make chocolate covered fruit! We do it fondue-style and use banana slices and strawberries. Chocolate-covered banana is the best!

  5. So I made this over the weekend and I even used the dates too and I loved it! It was pretty easy. I used a double boiler and highly recommend others use one as well. They are just so useful and you don’t have to worry about burning the ingredients. It’s just a good thing to have around the kitchen if you like to do gf baking. Definitely worth the investment!

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