Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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Fresh chocolate-dipped strawberries make their debut around Valentine’s Day
every year and are a timeless way to celebrate the day of love. There’s
something about those little red beauties dipped in silky melted chocolate
that just screams romance.


Delightfully indulgent and ready to satisfy any sweet tooth, it is a heartfelt
gift that is perfect for any festive occassion like birthdays, anniversaries
and Mother’s Day. Though they may look fancy, these can easily be made right
in your own kitchen with a quarter of the price and taste exactly like
store-bought ones.


The plump, juicy strawberries pair wonderfully with luscious chocolate, and
you only need two basic ingredients to pull off this recipe.
However, here are a few tricks of the trade to make sure your chocolate-covered strawberries turn out perfect every time.


Tips for making the Best Chocolate Covered Strawberries

  • Choose the best strawberries: Use the freshest possible
    strawberries that are plump and firm, without soft spots or
    discolorations.
  • Type of Chocolate: For this recipe, I have used blocks of
    semi-sweet chocolate. You could switch it up entirely and use white
    chocolate.
  • Avoid any moisture on the strawberries: Be sure the strawberries
    are well washed and completely dried before dipping them in the
    chocolate. Any moisture on the strawberries will prevent the chocolate
    from adhering to the fruit properly. Plus, with moisture captured inside
    the chocolate shell, it will cause the strawberry to lose its great
    texture and become mushy over time.
  • Avoid rapid temperature changes: Don’t freeze the strawberries
    to speed up the process of getting the chocolate to harden. Instead keep
    them at room temperature in a cool, dry place for at least 1 hour.


HOW TO MELT CHOCOLATE FOR DIPPING?

You can melt chocolate using the double-boiler method or you can just melt
it in the microwave if not using the double-boiler method.

To melt the Chocolate in the Microwave: Add the blocks of semi sweet
chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl. Start melting the chocolate by warming
it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and then microwave it again in
ten-second intervals until the chocolate is completely smooth and fully
melted.

To melt the Chocolate on the Stovetop (Double Boiler Method): Add the
blocks of semi sweet chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl. Start melting the
chocolate by warming it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and then
microwave it again in ten-second intervals until the chocolate is completely
smooth and fully melted.


If you are looking for more such Treats for Valentine’s Day, try these:


TOPPING IDEAS

I love these chocolate-covered strawberries with a drizzle of white
chocolate and dark chocolate but you can add any toppings you please!
Finely chopped nuts, cocoa nibs, sprinkles, or shredded coconut are all
great options!

For most toppings, you will have to add them before the chocolate dries
so that they stick to the chocolate.


HOW TO STORE THESE STRAWBERRIES?

Ideally, chocolate covered strawberries taste the best the day you
make them. They can be stored at room temperature for up to 24 hours.
If left longer, the strawberries might start to release moisture,
causing the chocolate to soften and the strawberries to become mushy.
However, if you want them to last for up to 48 hours, it’s best to put
them in the refrigerator.


If you made these Chocolate Covered Strawberries, I would love to
know how they turned out! Please let me know by leaving a comment
below.

Ingredients:

  • 450 g fresh strawberries
  • 225 g Semi-sweet chocolate bars
  • 50 g white chocolate bars, for drizzle (optional)
  • Sprinkles,chopped nuts, cocoa nibs( optional)

Instructions:

  1. Place the strawberries in a colander and rinse well under cold
    running water and then drain well.
  2. Dry them with a paper towel before dipping them in the
    chocolate.
  3. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Melt the chocolate either in the microwave or on the stovetop
    (read the notes above).
  5. Working with one strawberry at a time, hold the strawberry by
    the leaves and dip into melted chocolate, coating nearly to the
    top. Rotate the strawberry to make sure all sides are coated.
  6. Then, lift the strawberry and gently shake off any excess
    chocolate. Repeat until all strawberries are dipped.
  7. Once dipped, place the strawberries on the prepared baking
    sheet. Let the chocolate sit on the strawberries for at least
    one hour to set.
  8. To finish with a chocolate drizzle, transfer melted chocolate to
    a small resealable bag, seal bag and cut a tiny corner from one
    point. Drizzle over the strawberries.
  9. Alternatively, sprinkle the chocolate covered strawberries with
    chopped nuts, sprinkles or cocoa nibs right after dipping.
  10. Enjoy with your loved ones!


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