An Accidental Recipe
The idea came from a Google+ post. It was barely an idea, no recipe planned. And my idea was to just string a few strawberries and marshmallows on a skewer and serve. But then, it evolved into something more - tasty and beautiful that I decided to make a note of it in the blog.
I had strawberries (fruity goodness, yum yum), marshmallows(delightfully fluffy) and then I had chocolate (sinful, yet divine). Now imagine bringing all this together. How can you go wrong with that? I knew you would agree 🙂 .
It was a Sunday evening and my husband was loitering around the kitchen which was quite unlike him. He ventures into the kitchen only on two occasions - every morning to make me a morning cuppa java (to jolt me up from sleep; I don't function otherwise) and the other time is to "introduce" me to a geeky gizmo. I love the coffee-making part of his kitchen trips, but I view the gizmo "introduction" very suspiciously. And here is why - usually after a few days of introducing me to the latest gizmo, I hear "Hey, do you remember we decided to buy the "XYZ" gizmo the other day? That is out for delivery. Call me when the UPS truck comes at the door". WHAAAAATTTT?
So, I was surprised to see my husband in the kitchen - it was definitely not morning and he was not introducing any gizmo to me. Just being there. 🙂 . And I was very (multiply that a hundred times) suspicious.
Anyhow, I got the strawberries and the marshmallows ready. He saw the bowls in which I had kept the marshmallows and strawberries. Being the official photographer of the website, and because he loved the color combination, he took a picture of them.
As soon as I could rescue the strawberries and the marshmallows from the clutches of the photographer, I stringed them into the skewers.
He looked at it and said, "how about we add one more color"? I showed him the picture that inspired me. He said, "make brownies". 🙂 . Neither did I have any brownies nor store bought brownie mix at hand. And I was lazy to make brownies from scratch. So, what now? How about some chocolate chips? I had a packet of Hershey's Milk Chocolate Chips. So I got another bowl of strawberries, marshmallows and threw in some chocolate chips so that my husband could take more pictures.
Now, that looked good, but how to get the chocolate chips on the skewers? Of course, by dipping the strawberries in chocolate. So I melted chocolate chips and dipped the strawberries in it. Since I had already skewered them, I did not bother (read:lazy) to remove the marshmallow or the second strawberry from the skewer. This step was a little tricky, since my husband insisted that the marshmallow should not touch the chocolate sauce. So, when you make this, I would suggest you string only the strawberry to coat with chocolate on the skewer first and once the chocolate sets, string the marshmallow and the second strawberry.
Now let the skewer rest vertically. Easiest way to do this was to grab a cup and place the skewer in it. Then I got hold of the Styrofoam piece lying on the table and inserted the skewers into it.
Now refrigeration - in went the kebabs into the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes (till the chocolate is set).
You can serve these kebabs in individual serving cups.
or you can lay them flat on a serving tray.
Did You Know?
Apart from being a good source of Vitamin C, this
berry (strawberries are not actually berries) also packs Manganese. It also provides folate and potassium, not to mention dietary fiber. In provincial France, strawberries were considered to be an aphrodisiac. No wonder why they are so popular during Valentine's day. 🙂 [Source: WebMd, TodayIFoundOut]
- 12 Strawberries
- 6 Marshmallows, big
- ¼ cup Hershey's Milk Chocolate Chips
- 6 Skewers
- Wash and gently pat dry the strawberries. Hull the strawberries and pat dry the trimmed end.
- String one strawberry to the skewer and position it at the end of the skewer. Repeat with rest of the skewers.
- Get a double boiler ready on the stove.(See Recipe Notes)
- Add the chocolate chips. Stir until almost all the chocolate chips have melted.
- When they are almost melted, remove from the heat and mix well. This heat is sufficient to melt whatever chips are remaining. (Note: You can place your pan back on the double boiler, if the choclate chips have not melted completely)
- Transfer the melted chocolate into a small bowl. Dip the strawberry on the skewer into the chocolate. Turn the strawberry around so that chocolate is coated evenly. [Note: If you need more chocolate, melt more chocolate chips on the double boiler)]
- Insert the skewer into a Styrofoam and let it rest. Repeat with the rest of the strawberries.
- Place it in the refrigerator to set the chocolate.
- Once the chocolate is set, take it out and string the marshmallow and one more strawberry on each skewer. Repeat for rest of the skewers.
- Transfer to serving cups or to a serving tray.
Instead of using a double boiler, you can melt the chocolate chips in Microwave. Take ¼ cup chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and microwave it for 30-45 seconds. Stir to make it smooth.