Sunday, March 27, 2011

Kiwi Cuties

With the summer heat fast approaching here in the south, recipes to help keep cool are in high demand.  This nearly guilt-free recipe will satisfy the chocolate lover and fruit-aholic alike!

~Chocolate- Covered Fruit Pops

1 kiwi
2 bananas
1/2 a cup of blueberries
1 1/2 cups of dark, semi-sweet, or milk chocolate chips

Skin and cut a kiwi into 1/4 inch rounds.  Peel and cut two bananas into 1/3's.  Carefully stick the popsicle stick into the center of each piece of fruit.  The kiwi slices should look like lollipops and the bananas should look like popsicles.  Skewer two blueberries on each toothpick.  Cover a baking sheet with either wax paper or aluminum foil.  Next, melt one and a half cups of chocolate chips in a double broiler over medium-low heat while constantly stirring.  When the chocolate is completely melted, reduce the heat to a simmer and generously dunk the skewered fruit in the chocolate.  Place on the covered baking sheet.  Once all of the fruit is covered, place the pan in the freezer for 15 minutes to harden the chocolate.  If the fruit will not be eaten immediately, store in an air-tight container in the freezer.  To defrost, take the fruit from the freezer and allow to thaw on the counter for 10 minutes.