Make Your Own Gourmet Chocolate Covered Strawberries!
Who needs to wait until Valentine’s Day to make devilishly delicious chocolate covered strawberries?
According to Monica Matheny, not you! You can make them today with a few simple ingredients and a little creativity.
WARNING: Delicious looking photos. Peruse at your own risk.
People think chocolate dipped strawberries are fancy food. Honestly, I’ve never understood why. This is one of the easiest desserts I make. I’ve been making these for many years. We’ve had them for Valentine’s Day as long as I can remember. Whenever I serve them, people act so impressed. Like this is supposed to be hard. It’s not. It is so, so easy.
Like caramel apples (see my post for making those), strawberries can be dipped in chocolate and customized with an unlimited number of decorative and tasty toppings. Once you have all of your ingredients assembled, you can make these in 30 minutes. I’m not kidding.
Step-by-step photos for making
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Step 1. Assemble the ingredients: strawberries, chocolate chips (I prefer semi-sweet), white chocolate or vanilla chips, neutral tasting vegetable or grapeseed oil), oil-based food coloring (not the common water-based kind).
You can dip your strawberries in melted chocolate and stop there. They’re delicious plain. If you want to add some variety, gather some toppings that appeal to you. Here, I used Kraft Caramel Bits (melted in the microwave and drizzled on), crushed Oreos and candy canes (to crush them, put them in a plastic bag and whack them with a skillet or meat pounder), chopped toasted pecans, chopped toasted almonds, course sugar mixed with cinnamon, coarse red sugar, red/pink/white sprinkles, mini chocolate chips.
Step 2. Wash the strawberries. I fill a small bowl with water, hold the strawberry by the stem/leaves and immerse only the red part of the berry in the water. (If you immerse the leaves in water, as they dry they may curl and get a dried-out look that isn’t as pretty.) After dunking each strawberry, place it on a paper towel to dry completely. Or, blot off the water if you don’t have time to let them air dry. It’s important that they’re totally dry when you dunk them in melted chocolate.
Step 3. Melt the chocolate chips. Some people over-complicate this with a tedious, tricky tempering process. I’ve never bothered with that. I’ve always melted my chips in the microwave. For years. It’s worked every time. The only way you can mess up is by overcooking the chocolate. Heat and stir the chips in 20-30 second intervals until the last chunks melt and stir in. Then stop heating. Adding a small amount of oil, gives the melted chocolate a smoother, glazy texture and appearance. ………..
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