Need a last minute gift idea or treat for Valentine’s Day? Behold the festive and delicious chocolate covered strawberries. Seemingly difficult but with a few helpful tips and trick these become an easy party staple.
1 carton strawberries
6 oz. chocolate chips
toppings: white chocolate, sprinkles, chopped chocolate or nuts
Wash strawberries and make sure to pat completely dry or else the chocolate won’t stick and it will make your smooth melted chocolate grainy and chunky.
Assemble toppings. I used sprinkles, chopped pecans and chopped chocolate, but you can use other toppings such as white chocolate, caramel, nuts or just leave them plain.
Melt chocolate in a double boiler (or add 1-2 inches of water to the bottom on a sauce pan and set a heat-safe bowl on top= make shift double boiler). Stir chocolate occasionally to get rid of bumps and lumps of chocolate. For this recipe I used semi-sweet chocolate chips because it was just what I had and I like the flavor of them.
Next, insert a fork down through the top of the stem and dip into the chocolate. Using a spatula, scoop chocolate onto the back of the spatula and roll your fork speared strawberry into that chocolate to get even coverage of chocolate on the strawberry.
Sprinkle toppings onto strawberry and set to cool on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Repeat with remaining strawberries.
**Make sure to fully dry strawberries after washing them, if you don’t the chocolate won’t stick to the strawberry and your whole batch of chocolate with get chunky.
**When dipping a strawberry insert a fork down through the stem (top) of the strawberry to make it easier to dip it in chocolate. I tried dipping them by holding the stems but the stems were too fragile and kept breaking on me.
What to do with the leftovers?
Store in refrigerator.
Add on top of waffles or pancakes for garnish or into the batter for extra color and flavor. Cut off the stems and throw into the blender with your other favorite protein smoothie ingredients. And when in doubt, store them in the freeze and take them out for the next Titanic marathon.
Or best yet, make up a batch of these for your upcoming Oscar party!