It’s that time of year again when our local grocer has 5lbs of fresh, plump blueberries at a price that cannot be beat. Sticky decided we needed 30lbs this year – sounds like a lot but considering our kids could live off blueberries and only blueberries it felt like the appropriate amount. Besides, these little buggers freeze like a dream which puts them in the “can never have too many” category. Especially since our entire crew loves to eat them frozen.
Being that we had so many frozen blueberries on hand I thought why not coat them with something. At first I was going to look up the yogurt dipped, ahem…healthier, version. But then I remembered having white and dark chocolate in the cupboard and thought better of the original plan. Of course I couldn’t simply roll my berries in chocolate and post it. “Hey, melt some chocolate, throw a berry in and voilà – a recipe!”…really impressive Brand, right?! No, there needed to be more. An ingredient that would take these guys from simple to extraordinary.
Chocolate covered blueberries – say hello to zest. Lemon and lime to be exact.
I started with white chocolate which I felt would pair better with the lemon zest. The tiny mound of yellow shred not only gives amazing flavor but looks oh so fancy. This is something you could make with your kids and then serve to your boss. Being that I am my own boss I happily shoved at least 10 of these in my mouth before they even made it to the freezer.
Next Jettie and I did the dark chocolate – both of our favorites. She wasn’t so sure about the “green stuff” we were putting on top but in the end she gave it 2 thumbs up. Me, well, I am not sure why I have not been eating dark chocolate with lime zest in all my years…but I am sure that I will now never stop. Holy YUM!
You can coat them individually like I have or do as “mounds” and have clusters of chocolate covered goodness. As for the zest feel free to play around. Orange or even grapefruit would be amazing. You could go crazy with coarse sea salt or crushed nuts as well. What you can’t do is not try these. They are the best way to quench a sweet tooth in these hot summer days. (Who I am kidding, I would totally eat my weight in these during the winter too!)
- 4 oz white or dark chocolate for melting
- 2 cups frozen blueberries
- zest of one lemon or lime
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Melt chocolate in a double broiler.
- Dip blueberries with a fork or small spoon one at a time into melted chocolate, coat completely with chocolate and set on prepared sheet. Repeat until you have coated 6 berries. Top with chosen zest while still warm. Start again with the next 6 frozen berries.
- Once all berries are coated and topped with zest pop in freezer for 1 hour. At this point you can take off sheet and store in an airtight container in freezer. Let set 5 minutes at room temperature before enjoying.