First and foremost, I must tell you about the relationship my household has with these things. My daughter requested them for her birthday instead of cake. Yes, we love them that much. If I were to show you a video of the slurping and moaning that takes place when my children eat them you may have some concern that I don’t feed them. They gasp and lip smack and point to another one as they are trying to absolutely dominate the one they are currently holding. So, needless to say, we will be celebrating this Valentine’s Day with these sweet treats.
Chocolate covered strawberries always sound and look so sophisticated and high end. But what’s so funny to me is how incredibly simple they are to make at a fraction of the cost of buying them. They’re a perfect treat to package up and give to your most adored folks this Valentine’s Day!
Look how simple this is…
Get a double boiler together: Add one inch of water to a large saucepan and set the pan on the stove over medium high heat and bring to a simmer. Set a heatproof bowl inside the saucepan (I use glass); be sure that the bottom of the bowl is not touching the water; like this:
Next, add chopped dark chocolate to the bowl and melt over the double boiler, stirring frequently, about 4 minutes or until mixture is smooth (using a double boiler will ensure you have silky smooth, loose chocolate to work with).
Remove the chocolate from the heat and make your assembly line. Strawberries, chocolate, baking sheet lined with parchment or a nonstick mat.
Dip each strawberry in the chocolate by grabbing the berry by the stem and twirling it in the chocolate *my daughter thinks this is the coolest part…she calls it the “ballerina” part 😉
Lay on your prepared baking sheet to cool.
Now, if you’re feeling sassy you can drizzle some white chocolate on top. If you’re not a white chocolate kind of gal just let the berries cool on the baking sheet in the refrigerator until chocolate is firm and set. But if you are a fan of over-the-top, uber indulgent, deliciously perfect chocolate covered strawberries, I highly suggest you place your dipped berries in the freezer…and while they are in the freezer…put some chopped white chocolate over the double boiler until melted. Then take the berries out of the freezer and use a fork to drizzle the melted white chocolate on top. You can then store them in the fridge. You will not want your money back. I assure you. I’m now drooling…and having a really hard time thinking of a better way to spread the love, my friends! xo
Notes: For one pound of strawberries, I use about 7 ounces of dark chocolate and about 2 ounces of white chocolate.
Happy dipping, happy hearts 🙂