Ruby Chocolate Dipped Newman O’s
This isn’t exactly a recipe, but I thought I’d share anyway, because these perfectly sweet O’s are super easy and quick to make, fun to dip, and they make a great Valentine’s Day treat for that special someone, or just a fun activity for you and your kids, that requires almost no prep!
What is Ruby Chocolate, you ask? Well, it’s made from the same cocoa beans as regular milk, dark, or white chocolate. But it’s pretty pink hue and fruity flavor profile are what make it unique. The color is natural, as cocoa beans start off in a purplish pod and when unprocessed, they have a purple tint. Less processing and/or less fermenting is likely what causes the beans to retain this natural coloring. And while it doesn’t have any added colors or flavoring, citric acid is added to the short list of ingredients and is said to influence the slightly tart berry-like flavor it takes on.
Why Ruby Chocolate? I find it similar to white chocolate in terms of texture but definitely not as sweet, and it’s natural coloring makes it a perfect option for dipping or decorating, especially for Valentine’s Day!
So let’s get to dipping! All you need is a package of Newman O’s original cookies and a bag (or two) of Ruby Cacao melting chocolate – both carried at the Co-op. One bag will coat about 12 cookies, which is roughly half of a package.
In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the ruby chocolate on a normal setting in 30-second intervals, stirring in between to ensure you don’t “burn” the chocolate, until completely melted. You can also melt it on the stovetop if you prefer. Again, just be sure to stir! Then, simply take a fork and/or spoon, and toss the Newman O until it is completely covered, lay flat on a baking sheet or parchment paper. Take the fork and press it lightly against the top of the cookie to create a basic design, or feel free to get fancy and drizzle with regular chocolate, or whatever else your heart desires. When you’re all done, just pop them in the fridge to cool for 30 minutes to an hour, and enjoy!