Healthy Swaps-Chocolate Coated Confections

The ultimate guide to having your cake and eating it too (continued).

Do you love Goobers and Raisinets ? Strawberries dipped in chocolate? Chocolate covered macadamia nuts? With all the latest news on the health benefits of dark chocolate (and the advent of Splenda), these delicious confections need not be relegated to the "good old days" list. Cover antioxidant-rich berries such as blueberries, blackberries or raspberries with a coating of high-quality, unsweetened chocolate – and you've nearly got a health food! (Stick to a small handful, of course, and monitor your own reaction.)

Chocolate Coated Confections Place your fruit or nuts in the freezer for 30 minutes. Melt a good-quality, unsweetened chocolate in a double boiler, whisking in a bit of cream, hot water, and Splenda to taste. Remove your fruit or nuts from the freezer, dip them in the chocolate (using a fork, slotted spoon, or tongs), and spread them out on wax paper to harden. Pour into a zip lock bag and take your homemade candy to the movies.







Reviewed by Susan Weiner, R.D., M.S., C.D.E., C.D.N. 3/08
 

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Last Modified Date: June 17, 2013

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