The Simple Addition For A Perfect Chocolate Coating

We sincerely believe that chocolate is one of life's greatest pleasures. And it seems most Americans agree with us. According to a 2018 report from Packaged Facts, the U.S. buys more chocolate to hand out on Halloween, stuff in Christmas stockings, hide in Easter eggs, and share on Valentine's Day than any other type of candy. And even when we're not celebrating a holiday, Food Navigator-USA reported Cargill's North American Cocoa & Chocolate team conducted a survey that found 52% of Americans use the sweet treat to help them recover from a bad day.

Keeping that in mind, it's apparent that one of the best ways to make your foodie favorites taste even better is to coat them in the widely-adored snack. From fruits paired with dark chocolate to espresso beans rolled in melted chocolate chips, a dessert dressed in this sweet candy is always a crowd-pleaser at parties. However, even if your chocolate-coated strawberries may taste great, you may find that their looks leave a lot to be desired. Or even worse, you could struggle with making sure your chocolate espresso beans' coating isn't more awkwardly chunky than elegantly smooth. However, Southern Living reports that with one extra ingredient, all of your chocolate coating problems will be solved. Here's how coconut oil will change your favorite chocolate coating recipe for the better.

Make your chocolate coating shiny and smooth with coconut oil

A baking must-have, coconut oil (via The Spruce Eats). It is often used in place of fats, like butter and vegetable oil, to make cookies and cakes fluffier. And, according to Southern Living, it will also ensure your chocolate coating comes out picture-perfect.

The outlet reports that because coconut oil hardens into a matte-like consistency, it will give your chocolate almonds a beautiful gleam. Not to mention, coconut oil will also cause your chocolate coating to come out silky smooth. In fact, Delish also vouches for using coconut oil to perfect your truffle recipe. The site reports that this ingredient will make your chocolate coating thicker. So by adding in coconut oil, your guests will be enjoying more texture whenever they bite into your chocolate-coated desserts.

In general Southern Living states that you should follow a 1 tablespoon of coconut oil for every 1 cup of chocolate ratio when adding this ingredient to your chocolate coating mix. With this tip in mind, you'll then be able to serve up beautiful, thick, and silky chocolate-covered sweets.