If you’re still looking for Christmas gift ideas, this Christmas you can treat your family and friends to a special and unique Christmas dessert. Christmas fruit arrangements made with fresh fruits dipped in chocolate will be a gift that will not soon be forgotten but will quickly be enjoyed. Fruit arrangements filled with strawberries, pineapples, bananas, apple wedges, and grapes, mixed with the rich taste of semi-sweet, dark chocolate, or white chocolate will be a scrumptious treat!
Purchasing an edible arrangement online or from a local vendor is a great idea, it’s very easy with just a few clicks of the mouse, in a few minutes you’ll have delicious edible arrangements on their way. However, sometimes the prices can break your budget. The other option is to make your own chocolate dipped fruit arrangements. Do it yourself chocolate covered treats can be less expensive as well as fun to make.
Begin your arrangement by determining the container that the arrangement will go in. You might opt for a box or perhaps a nice basket, platter, bowl, or vase. The size of the container will determine the amount of fruits needed.
You will want to visit your local farmers market or a grocer who carries a variety of fresh fruit. Bananas, strawberries, melon, pears, pineapple, cherries, grapes, apples and other more exotic fruits can be used in your arrangement. Chocolate strawberries are of course a favorite but don’t be afraid to use your creativity. You might choose to use pineapple and cut it into different shapes using cookie cutters. Melon with seeds and rinds removed can be cut into wedges or balled. Apples can be used in an arrangement by cutting them into wedges.
When you have your container selected and you have your fresh fruits washed and cut, it is time to melt the chocolate. If you are using more than one type of chocolate you will want to keep them separate and use different tools to keep the chocolate tastes pure. To dip just a portion of the fruit in the chocolate you may choose to hold it in your fingers but if you want to dip the entire piece of fruit in chocolate you will want to use a thin skewer or toothpick to pick up each piece of fruit and dip it. Then place the chocolate dipped fruit on a piece of wax paper to set.
When the chocolate has set on the fruit, use skewers to arrange and fill the container. A piece of foam in the bottom of the container will help the fruit and skewers to stay in place. Remember to use your creativity. More than one piece of fruit can be on one skewer and not all of the fruit has to be dipped in the chocolate. A nice mix of plain fruit along with chocolate dipped fruit is beautiful and tasty.
For more information about how to make chocolate gift ideas search online. You will find lots of recipes for chocolate creations and other fun DIY gift ideas.