Desserts: Cold Desserts: Blueberry Chocolate Clusters

Whether as a treat or a special occasion gift, these yummy fruit bites are sure to please!

Author: U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council - www.blueberrycouncil.org
Date: April 12, 2013

Suggestions: ** Silicone candy molds can be found at crafts stores or online such as: www.cakesandthings.com or www.candylandcrafts.com

Serves: 21 person(s)
Yield: 21 x clusters

Preparation Time: 45 mins
Cooking Time: 5 mins

Ingredients:

    1 cup fresh blueberries, divided *
    1 cup dark chocolate chips *

Directions:

    Rinse blueberries, spread on paper towels and pat dry. Line a baking sheet wih wax paper or parchment paper.

    In a small bowl or top of a double boiler, over barely simmering water, place chocolate. Stir until melted. Remove bowl from hot water. Gently fold in blueberries.

    Make clusters by spooning 4 or 5 warm chocolate coated blueberries onto wax paper, placing them 1 inch apart. (Or spoon mixture into silicone candy molds.**)

    Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to three days. (For gift presentation: place clusters in pleated paper candy cups and arrange in a box.)

Variations:

    * If preferred or during off-season, can replace fresh with dried blueberries. And/or, can replace dark with milk or white chocolate.

    FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS:

    VALENTINE'S AND MOTHER'S DAY: Spoon heart-shaped mounds, each made with 3 chocolate-coated blueberries onto wax paper-covered sheet pan. Chill. Makes about 30 mini-heart shapes.

    CHRISTMAS: Arrange chocolate-coated blueberries in wreath shapes or rounds. After the shapes have set, decorate with tube frosting or colored sugar.

    HANUKKAH: Spray dreidel- or star-shaped cookie cutters with non-stick spray. Place on wax paper. Using white chocolate-coated blueberries, fill each chill until firm. Remove from cookie cutters and decorate.

    HOSTESS GIFT: Make or purchase small sugar cookies. Spoon a small amount of the blueberry-dark chocolate mixture on top of each cookie allow to set.

    Serving suggestions are not included in the nutritional analysis.

Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

Calories:57 cals
Kilojoules:240 kJ
Fat:3.5 g
Carbohydrates:7.9 g
Protein:0.8 g
Cholesterol:0.9 mg
Sodium:4 mg
Saturated Fat:2.3 g
Fiber:0.9 g
Calcium:0.4 mg
Total Sugars:6.8 g

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