Okay people - first I just want to say that I only made four of these one for each of us to taste. Why? moderation and insanity- yes I knowing I could inhale a dozen of these all while making me insane of guilt and pleasure. Has your chocolate covered strawberry ever fallen into waffle batter then fried itself quickly only to be dusted with confectioner sugar? Well mine did and baby it was LOVE, yes sweet love that only The State Fair in Dallas Texas could invent. These won last year’s Big Tex Choice Award and I totally agree in one bite you get the sweetness from the strawberry the ooziness from the chocolate topped off by the outer layer of fried goodness. Try something different this year sharing with people you truly love, they will adore you!!
Chocolate Strawberry Waffle Ball on a Stick
State Fair of Texas
12 large strawberries, hulled
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
Vegetable oil, for deep frying
2 cups dry pancake and waffle mix (plus additional ingredients as directed on package)
Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
1. Thread each strawberry onto a wooden skewer; place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for about 30 minutes.
2. Put the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high at 15 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until chocolate is almost melted; remove and stir until smooth. Dip the strawberries in the melted chocolate; return to the parchment – lined baking sheet and freeze until the chocolate hardens, about 15 minutes.
3. Heat 4 to 6 inches of vegetable oil in a deep pot until a deep fry thermometer registers 330 degrees. While the oil heats, prepare the pancake and waffle mix as the label directs.
4. Dip the chocolate – covered strawberries in the batter, turning to coat; let any excess drip off. (If the batter is to thin, add 1 to 3 more tbsp dry mix.) Carefully place the berries in the hot oil (skewers and all); fry, turning as needed, until the batter is golden and just cooked through, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Remove with tongs and drain on paper towels or a rack. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes to allow the chocolate to re-harden. dust with confectioners’ sugar.
**These brown quickly- watch them carefully.****