|>Used to dip things in melted chocolate to make them chocolate-coated-things (strawberries, peanut butter balls, etc.).|
Indeed it is. The tool is a member of the chocolate dipping fork family.
|On the left are two chocolate dipping "forks," of which the fork-shaped one is used for dipping strawberries and so forth.|
These particular tools were made by Alpha , and normally come as part of a three piece set. You can sometimes find the fork or spiral tool available solo as well.
Tools of this nature do tend to be fairly specialized, and the spiral is one of the more common and useful types.
Here, we are making chocolate truffles. The spiral tool perfectly cradles the small, soft center of a truffle as we lower it into the molten bittersweet chocolate that will become its hard shell. The wide gaps between the turns of the spiral allow excess molten chocolate to drip away while still holding a perfect thin coating amount in place through capillary action. [In a dark and distant memory (my life "before" the spiral dipping tool), I used to use a plain old kitchen fork to do this job. It can slightly deform soft centers, but invariably leaves an uneven coating on the side that was against the fork.]