Frozen chocolate nibblers
With the exception of the fact it's where you house your ice cream, the freezer can be an overlooked ally in making the perfect dessert. This is too bad, though, because frozen items (especially when said frozen items are covered in chocolate) are a fun way to make desserts and they taste delicious. Plus, they're great for kids and adults alike.
If frozen chocolate nibblers sound like something you want to try, here is a recipe for a chocolate, freezable dipping sauce and some suggestions for things you can dip into it.
Yields 2 cups of chocolate for dipping
- 2 cups chocolate
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon butter
- In a saucepan over medium-high heat, mix the chocolate and the heavy cream until the chocolate is melted and the sauce is velvety.
- Keep the chocolate on low heat until everything is dipped because this chocolate will harden as it cools. This is what we want, but not before we dip.
In particular, bananas and strawberries are excellent dipped in chocolate and then frozen. Just slice the bananas into 1/4-inch pieces or remove the strawberry stems and halve the strawberries. Then dip and freeze.
Make or buy a cheesecake and put it in the freezer until it starts to harden (freezing times will vary based on how thick the cheesecake is). Once it starts to harden, put popsicle sticks into the cheese cake and let it finish freezing. Once thoroughly frozen, dip in chocolate and put back into the freezer.
Slice and serve individually.
Consider dipping and freezing both cooked bacon and cooked hot dogs after dipping them in chocolate. It's total man food. Who says that chocolate nibblers need to be dessert?
Take an ice tray, grease each one with a little cooking spray and fill the cups 1/4 of the way full with chocolate. Let the chocolate freeze, then fill the trays with juice. Let that freeze and then pop the cubes out for a fruity/chocolaty snack.