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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Sweet red strawberries dipped in dark, rich chocolate – simply scrumptious!

And they are perfect for Valentine’s Day! If Cupid’s holiday has snuck up on you and you find yourself in need of something delicious for the special ones in your life – this might be your answer. It’s easy and the results are delectable. So swing by the market, grab some fresh ripe strawberries and a bag of chocolate chips. Magic is within your reach!

When I was catering with my sweet friend Jane, we made hundreds of chocolate dipped strawberries and they were always a hit! I’ve read a lot about tempering chocolate but honestly most of us simply don’t have the time to become chocolatiers. (Though that would be a fabulous job!) This method of making chocolate covered strawberries is ridiculously simple and only requires a few simple steps. The ingredients are very basic – fresh strawberries and chocolate chips. Yep, that’s it. I use bittersweet chocolate but if you prefer semi-sweet or dark chocolate, by all means use your favorite.

When buying strawberries, look for berries that are ripe and really red, especially towards the top – this is the only part of the berry that will show once they’re dipped in chocolate.

Start by washing the strawberries then spread them out on a thick towel to dry. And before you start dipping them in chocolate gently dry each berry with a paper towel – you want to make certain they are really dry. This is the most tedious part of the process but it’s really important. Water is not a friend to melted chocolate. When water gets into melted chocolate it will cause it to seize and become a hot mess.

When melting chocolate go low and slow. Overheating can scorch chocolate turning it bitter and take away its smooth, glossy sheen. You can melt chocolate in the microwave, but the same rules apply – low and slow. Either way, keep an eye on it and stir it frequently. On the stovetop it only takes about 10 to 15 minutes.

Once the berries are dry and your chocolate has melted, then gently hold those red beauties by their stem or leaves and dip into the chocolate goodness.

At this point you can leave the strawberries simply draped in chocolate or grab your kids – or the kid in you- and add your favorite sprinkles.

Give the berries a quick chill to set and they’re ready eat! 

A perfect sweet treat for any special person in your life this Valentine’s Day – young or old!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

1 package bittersweet, semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips, 10-ounces

2 quarts fresh strawberries, rinsed and dried thoroughly

Pour the chocolate chips into a small saucepan.

Place the pan over low heat, stirring as the chips melt. As soon as most of the chocolate chips have melted remove the pan from the heat. Continue stirring and the remaining chips will melt in the warm chocolate.

Holding a strawberry by the leaves or stem, gently dip it into the melted chocolate covering about 2/3 of the berry.

Place the chocolate covered berries on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper. You can add sprinkles, dragées or sanding sugar to the chocolate dipped strawberries. Simply sprinkle them onto the chocolate as soon as you transfer the berries to the baking sheet, while the chocolate is still very soft.

Chill until the chocolate sets, about 30 minutes to an hour. Makes 3 to 4 dozen chocolate covered strawberries. You can keep any leftover berries wrapped and chilled.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries, courtesy of Preserving Good Stock

February 13, 2019
: Makes 3 to 4 dozen chocolate covered strawberries.

Sweet red strawberries dipped in dark, rich chocolate. Scrumptious!

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Ingredients
  • 1 package bittersweet, semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips, 10-ounces
  • 2 quarts fresh strawberries, rinsed and dried thoroughly
Directions
  • Step 1 Pour the chocolate chips into a small saucepan. Place the pan over low heat, stirring as the chips melt.
  • Step 2 As soon as most of the chocolate chips have melted remove the pan from the heat. Continue stirring and the remaining chips will melt in the warm chocolate.
  • Step 3 Holding a strawberry by the leaves or stem, gently dip it into the melted chocolate covering about ¾ of the berry.
  • Step 4 Place the chocolate covered berries on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper.
  • Step 5 You can add sprinkles, dragées or sanding sugar to the chocolate dipped strawberries. Simply sprinkle them onto the chocolate as soon as you transfer the berries to the baking sheet, while the chocolate is still very soft.
  • Step 6 Chill until the chocolate sets, about 30 minutes to an hour. You can keep any leftover berries wrapped and chilled.


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