I love chocolate covered strawberries! Quite a few years ago, I got a hankerin to buy Earl some for his Valentine gift. I was at the checkout and when they told me how much I owe for the precious few, I think I fainted. After picking myself up off the floor, I told myself “never again”. This is insanity! They can’t be that difficult to make at home. And so my strawberry factory was born. 021.jpg     I made these this afternoon. I have eaten approximately 8-10 today. I did one batch in milk chocolate and the other one in dark. The kids came home and the race was on. Marshall came out to the barn and had chocolate all around his mouth. His breath smelled like chocolate. I asked how many he had eaten and he thought maybe about 10 or so. Holy Moly! Then he had more after chores. I don’t even want to know. I just hope there’s some left for my coffee in the morning. 020.jpg     If you’ve never made any, it’s a snap. Grab a bag of chocolate chips and melt them in the microwave 20 seconds at a time until nice and smooth. Then start dipping away. Beats paying an arm and a leg for some. And they’re much better too. Earl started eating these before the chocolate had a chance to dry. I now dip strawberries for all holidays and anytime I get the craving. I also made some chocolate pancakes this week. Never tried that before. 002.jpg     They are actually pretty good. This is Michaels plate. Looks like “gut rot” to me. There are supposed to be 2 pancakes somewhere in that mess. Underneath all the chocolate goo and icecream. I think vanilla icecream or redi-whip would be awesome too. I’ll give you the recipe just in case anyone out there is brave enough to try them.

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder

2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

3 tablespoon brown sugar

1 cup milk

1 egg

1/4 cup canola oil

3/4 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup heavy cream

     Whisk together dry ingredients. Add the milk, egg and oil and mix well. Stir in 1/4 cup chocolate chips. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto griddle or skillet. Cook until bubbles appear around edges then flip to other side. To make the chocolate sauce, combine heavy cream and remaining half cup of chocolate chips in a pan over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly until chocolate and cream come together. Pour chocolate sauce over pancakes.

    Now, when I make these again, I will double the sauce. Plus have some redi-whip to squirt on top. Maybe some sliced strawberries too. Let’s just go all out! It’s the “madcow” kicking in. Oh dear, not again.  Well, that’s it for now. Hope you all are consuming plenty of chocolate so that I don’t feel quite so bad. Uh…… never mind. Chocolate keeps me level. How else could I survive milking cows for 22 years?!    Happy eating!     Carol