Saturday, February 22, 2014

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Around Valentines Day there are always places offering chocolate covered strawberries and they usually come with a pretty high price tag.  They run anywhere from $5.99 to $19.99 for 6 of the little specialty delight fruit bites.  I thought these would be a fun addition to our Sweetheart Dinner on Valentines Day so I decided to make some myself. They are pretty quick and easy to make and cost a fraction of what you can buy them for at a grocery store or specialty confectionery shop.  This is how I did it...

Chocolate Covered Strawberries
24 large fresh strawberries, washed and patted dry with a paper towel
1/2 bag of Wilton chocolate melts
1/4 bag of Wilton white chocolate melts

Directions:  Wash the strawberries and pat them dry with a paper towel to get the moisture off.  Melt chocolate in the microwave in a small bowl according to the package directions. Dip each berry 3/4 way up into the melted chocolate and place on a wax paper or foil lined pan to harden.  Place the pan in fridge for a few minutes to get them to harden faster if you would like. Melt the white chocolate wafers in a pastry bag setting in a bowl in the microwave and mush around until melted.  Snip the tip of the bag so you have a tiny hole in the end and drizzle the melted white chocolate over the chocolate dipped strawberries!

Cooks Notes - Candy melting wafers can be found in Meijers, Michael's, or cake decorating stores in the craft/baking isle.  You can also use melted chocolate chips (see the package or internet for instructions).

Wash and pat dry strawberries and get chocolate ready

Foil line a large pan or cookie sheet

Melt chocolate wafers in microwave according to package directions

Dip strawberries in melted chocolate about 3/4 of the way up

Lay them on foil lined pan to harden.  To speed it up you can 
put the pan in the fridge for a few minutes, but my strawberries 
were a little cool so the chocolate hardened pretty fast

If you are wanting to garnish with white chocolate 
then the easiest way is to melt the wafers right in a plastic pastry bag. 
 I lay the bag with the wafers in a glass bowl and microwave for 30 sec. intervals, mushing the chocolate around in the bag until melted.  
Snip off the end and drizzle the white chocolate onto the dipped strawberries. 

They are so pretty and they look just like something out of a 
specialty chocolate shop at the Mall!

These make a wonderful gift or treat for someone special.  For Jessy's birthday one year when she was away at college, John and I sent her flowers, a balloon and some chocolate dipped strawberries from Shari's Berries that I found a Groupon for. They are a little pricey but since we were mailing them and they are perishable this was a better route.  But if you have a friends birthday coming up and want to make them a special treat, these would be adorable wrapped up in a cute little birthday tin or bag! 

Happy Dipping!

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