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Art of Dipping Strawberries



The Art of Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

 

 

Every morning Blanka Tubel and her staff fire up the dipping machine at the Godiva boutique in Canary Wharf. Within minutes there are faces pressed up against the window – after all who can resist the sight of swirling melted chocolate, its rich, heady aroma filling the air?

 

Godiva Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

 

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries from Godiva 

 

 

The shop soon fills with eager chocolate lovers, who wait patiently for the line-up of fruits, both fresh and crystallised, displaying their new coat of chocolate. “The strawberries dipped in milk chocolate are the most popular fruits,” confirms Tubel, who sells them in paper cones, with a choice of three different chocolates—milk, dark and white. “They love the taste, sure, but it’s the theatre of it that grabs people too,” she adds.

 

 

The fruit cups get a similar enthusiastic response. Made every morning, using the freshest fruit delivered daily, these miniature chocolate cups, in milk, dark or white chocolate, are filled with more chocolate of your choice and topped with fresh berries.

 Dipping Strawberries in Chocolate

 

 

Tubel’s favourite combination is the dark chocolate cup filled with white chocolate and topped with raspberries and blackberries. “It’s certainly a challenge on the waistline working here, but I’m a chocoholic. I love chocolate,” she shrugs, with a grin.

 

Also popular at Godiva are the brochettes—skewers of strawberries and banana, which get an artful drizzling with the melted chocolate of your choice. “It’s not as easy as it looks,” Tubel explains. “The chocolate has to be tempered just right.”

All of Tubel’s team is well-practised in the art of dipping. The chocolate is brought up to a temperature of 45 C. “This is the melting point, but to rid the chocolate of bad crystals you need to then lower the temperature to between 27-29 C, and raise it again to 30-33 C. Then you are ready to start dipping,” she explains.

 Dipping Strawberries in Chocolate at Godiva

 

 

If you want to try this at home, Tubel suggests you buy a good kitchen thermometer and be aware of a few tricks, such as making sure the fruit is completely dry before dipping. “It slips off otherwise,” she says. And keep stirring after melting to maintain the smoothness.

 

It’s also worth considering other culinary candidates for dipping in chocolate, she says, such as truffles, meringue, grapes, and even gingerbread men. Nougat works, too, reveals Tubel, who has plans for an all-day dipping session for Valentine’s Day, which is guaranteed to draw in the crowds.

 

To see which Godiva stores offer dipped strawberries, check our store locator

 

 


 

Godiva Chocolates: Regent Street

141 Regent St London W1B 4JA‎

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Godiva Chocolates: Covent Garden

The Market Covent Garden London WC2E 8RA‎

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Godiva Chocolates: Fenchurch Street

150 Fenchurch St London EC3M 6BB‎

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Godiva Chocolates: St Pancras International

St Pancras Station Euston Rd London N1C 4QL‎

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Godiva Chocolates: Westfield Centre

Westfield Shopping Centre W12 7SL‎

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Godiva Chocolates: Canary Wharf

Jubilee Place Bank St London E14 5NY‎

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Godiva Chocolates: Harrods Food Hall

Harrods: 87-135 Brompton Rd, London SW1X 7XL

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Godiva Chocolates: John Lewis, London

John Lewis: 300 Oxford, London W1A 1EX

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Godiva Chocolates: Selfridges Food Hall, London

Selfridges: 400 Oxford St London W1A 1AB

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