Chocolate Covered Pineapple With Strawberries

chocolate covered pineapple with strawberries

Back when I was a kid, I tried what was for me a very memorable treat. It wasfrozen chocolate covered pineapple on a stick. It was wonderful. I decided to recreate it, but with a twist. I added freeze dried strawberries to the chocolate covered pineapple pieces.

Better yet!

This is super easy to make. I used pineapple chunks and put them on a skewer. You could probably make it work with pineapple rings, although I think you would need to freeze them before coating in chocolate to keep them from falling apart due to the weight of the chocolate.

I bought the pineapple chunks in pineapple juice, not syrup. I started out by draining the pineapple chunks. Pour the juice into a cup and you have a nice drink for while you work. I love pineapple juice.

Arrange the chunks on paper towels so they can dry a while before you coat them in chocolate.

pineapple chunks

While the pineapple dries a little, get out the freeze dried strawberries. I get mine at the local dollar store, which is a much better price than the ones I see at Target or online. The dollar store also carries freeze dried apples, bananas and pears. You can play with the flavors if you want. I think this would be great with freeze dried raspberries too. Those aren’t from the dollar store, but you can get them at Target or online. They would be a little more tart than the freeze dried strawberries.

Pour the strawberries into a ziplock bag, squeeze all the air out and seal. Tap gently with a smooth kitchen mallet. You don’t want all of it to be dust – you just want smallish pieces of freeze dried strawberries for the coating. If you want a smooth look, go for the powder, but I like the chunks.Pour into a bowl when you’re done.

Pour into a bowl when you’re done.

freeze dried strawberries

Melt your chocolate. I usually use the microwave method. Chop the chocolate into small pieces, then melt in 30 second increments, stirring between rounds, until smoothly melted. Add some coconut oil during the last round so the chocolate goes on more smoothly.

Place the pineapple chunks on skewers. I find that about four chunks together makes a nice size. You can do individual chunks or make different sized groups, of course. As things turned out, I had exactly 40 pieces of pineapple to work with, which I spread across 5 skewers and two groups of four per skewer.

pineapple chunks on skewers

Use a spoon to pour chocolate all over the pineapple chunks. Rotate the skewer as you go so that you get all sides. When the pineapple is thoroughly coated, tap the end of the skewer to remove excess chocolate. Do this to each group of pineapple on the skewer.

pour chocolate on pineapple

Working quickly while the chocolate is still melty, spoon freeze dried strawberries all over the chocolate covered pineapples. Place on a baking sheet that has been covered by parchment paper.

sprinkle freeze dried strawberries

One all the skewers are done, place in refrigerator or freezer to solidify. If you are planning on removing the pineapple from the skewers from the pineapple chunks before serving, I would suggest using the refrigerator so that it’s not too difficult. On the other hand, having the chunks on skewers is an attractive serving option. About an hour in the fridge will be plenty to make things solid enough to remove the skewers if you want.

Keep the chocolate covered pineapple chunks in the fridge or freezer until ready to serve, especially if you’re serving them frozen. The pineapple will defrost fairly quickly, just like any other frozen food. On the other hand, these taste quite good from the refrigerator too, which may be better if they need to sit out for guests. The freezer option is best if you’re not going to eat them too quickly.

chocolate covered pineapple chunks

chocolate covered pineapple chunks on plate

Chocolate Covered Pineapple Chunks
Ingredients
  • 1 can pineapple chunks in juice
  • 10 oz chocolate dark chocolate recommended
  • 15 g freeze dried strawberries
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Drain juice from pineapple chunks and arrange chunks on paper towels to dry.

  2. Place freeze dried strawberries in ziplock bag, squeeze air out and seal. Use smooth kitchen mallet to break strawberries into smaller pieces, but not into dust.

  3. Chop and melt your chocolate. I use 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring between rounds. Add coconut oil before starting last round of melting. Stir well to mix in coconut oil.

  4. Place pineapple chunks in groups on skewers.

  5. Use a spoon to pour chocolate over pineapple chunks, rotating skewers to ensure all sides are well coated. Tap end of skewers to remove excess chocolate.

  6. While chocolate is still melty, use another spoon to sprinkle chocolate covered pineapple chunks with freeze dried strawberries.

  7. Place covered chunk on parchment paper covered baking sheet or plate. When all skewers are coated, place in refrigerator or freezer to firm up chocolate. Use refrigerator first if you want to remove the chocolate covered pineapple chunks from the skewers before serving.

  8. Serve frozen or from refrigerator. Both ways taste great.

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Crunchy Raspberry Chocolate Chunks

Crunchy Raspberry Chocolate Chunks

Raspberry and chocolate are two flavors that go very well together. They’re one of my favorite combinations. These raspberry chocolate chunks are very easy to make, even on a moment’s notice.

The key ingredient is freeze dried raspberries. I find these at Target or on Amazon. Using freeze dried raspberries means you don’t have to worry about spoilage. Melting chocolate, perhaps, but not spoiled raspberries.

freeze dried raspberries

 

Freeze dried raspberries have a wonderful taste. The freeze drying process brings out the flavor perfectly.

The first thing to do is break up the raspberries. The whole ones are a bit too much raspberry in one spot, in my opinion.

Pour the freeze dried raspberries into a ziploc bag. Seal it. Then take a smooth kitchen mallet and start tapping on them.

smash raspberries

Don’t go too wild on this. You don’t want a powder. You want small pieces and no whole raspberries. There will be some powder, and that’s fine. Keep it to a minimum.

Melt your chocolate in 30 second increments in the microwave or use a double boiler. Stir regularly. I use a semi-sweet chocolate for these because not all of my kids like their chocolate dark. They go well with just about any kind of chocolate.

Once the chocolate is completely melted, stir in the broken up raspberries. Mix well.

chocolate raspberries

You can put these into molds if you want a nice shape, or spoon into chunks. You may want a little more chocolate in the mix if you’re using detailed molds, as the raspberries won’t flow well into small details of the molds.

Refrigerate until solid.

Crunchy Raspberry Chocolate Chunks

Crunchy Raspberry Chocolate Chunks
Ingredients
  • 10 oz semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2/3 cup freeze dried raspberries
Instructions
  1. Pour freeze dried raspberries into ziplock bag. Seal.

  2. Tap lightly with smooth kitchen mallet until whole raspberries are broken up. Do not pound into a powder.

  3. Melt chocolate in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between segments, until smooth. Alternatively, melt chocolate in double boiler, stirring until smooth.

  4. Combine raspberries and chocolate. Mix thoroughly.

  5. Place parchment paper on baking sheet. Spoon small batches onto paper to make chunks.

  6. Alternatively, spoon mix into candy molds. Tap mold to fill details. You may need slightly more chocolate in the mix to fill the mold details well. If you want a smooth back, do not fill completely with raspberry chocolate mix. Use melted chocolate to top off the mold.

  7. Refrigerate until solid.

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