Chocolate has been enjoyed as a special treat as far back as 1100 BC. It has been reported that the Aztec and Mayan civilizations enjoyed chocolate as a beverage and even used cocoa beans as currency. As cocoa spread around the world different versions emerged. Candy makers added milk and sugar to create a creamy variety, others added nuts and caramel to create stick treats. Today there is a chocolate out there sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.
Just like chocolate, strawberries have a long & rich history. They were found growing wild in Italy as early as 234 BC. Even Native American tribes cultivated the aromatic fruit from as early as the 1600’s. The name itself has some myth around it as well. From the idea that people put straw around the base of the plant for both nutrients & protection, from the runners (vines) of the plant that “strew” (spread) about. Many people love strawberries because of their sweet taste and desirable smell and for centuries has been a favorite centerpiece or garnish if desserts & salads.
Although both chocolate and strawberries have been around for a long time, it was not until a woman named Lorraine Lorusso combined the two in the 1960s that the decadent chocolate covered strawberry was created. Lorraine worked at a small gourmet store called the Stop N’ Shop in Chicago. She took a tempered version of the gourmet chocolate served in the store and dipped the seasons’ freshest berries into the mixture. She allowed the chocolate to harden and then served them to paying customers. The treat was an instant success.
Since then fruit and chocolate have been seen as the perfect pair. You can now find all types of fruit, both fresh and dried, covered in chocolate.
American Dream Cakes uses only premium ingredients when creating our chocolate covered strawberries, which are available only for Valentine’s Day weekend. During that time we usually have some available in the case for walk-in pickups, or you may order larger amounts ahead of time. Remember to call & order the week before to ensure you get this magical dessert for your special someone.