Chocolate covered strawberries are a classic New Year's and Valentine's Day treat. But that doesn't mean they are less than delicious any other day of the year. Did you know that these are super simple and easy to make?
7oz(200g)Chocolatedark, bitter-sweet or semi-sweet
2tablespoonVegetable oilor coconut oil
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Wash strawberries under cold running water and let drain completely. Wipe them well to dry off any moisture.Pro tip - If the strawberries are not completely dry, moisture from the strawberries will cause the chocolate to seize.
Best practice - I wipe each strawberry with a paper hand towel. Then I air dry for another hour at least so any mist on the stalks will dry as well.
Melt Some Chocolate
Microwave - In a microwave-safe bowl, break the chocolate into smaller pieces. Melt in the microwave at 30-second intervals until smooth.
Double boiler - Place a pot or saucepan with an inch of water to simmer on the stove on medium heat. You will need a heat-proof bowl that can be set on the saucepan. In the bowl, add the chocolate. Place the bowl over the saucepan with simmering water. Let the chocolate melt stirring when needed. Pro tip - Stirring is important not just to melt quickly and easily but when agitated the chocolate has a nicer shine to it
Add vegetable oil to the melted chocolate - stir well. Pro tip - Oil will thin the chocolate giving you a smooth and shiny finish. Plus a thinner chocolate consistency makes it easy to dip the strawberries.
You can pick a strawberry by the stems and dip it in the chocolate mixture. Hold it above the bowl for a few seconds to let excess chocolate drip. Pro tip - be patient and let the excess drip in the bowl otherwise there will be a pool of chocolate below each strawberry.
Gently rub the back of the strawberry over the edge removing any excess. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or wax paper leaving enough room between each one of them.
Garnish the top with whatever you want while the chocolate is still melted so they stay stuck to the strawberry when they dry.
Chill Strawberries - Storage
Place the tray in the fridge for 20 minutes until the chocolate is set. These will stay well in the fridge for up to 3 days.Pro tip - As the strawberries lose their freshness the chocolate will start to crack and fall off.
Most importantly, always make sure the strawberries are fresh and bruise-free.
Also, dry the strawberries well - any drop of water or condensation on the fruit can seize the chocolate.
Melt the chocolate slowly and gently for a nice shine.
Also, stick a toothpick at the top of the strawberries to help move the berries easily.
Let the excess chocolate drip completely. And remove excess by scraping the strawberry on the edge of the bowl. This will prevent a big pool of chocolate at the base of the strawberry which does not look good.
Options for topping the strawberries with melted chocolate.
Melted chocolate drizzle
chopped nuts (my favorite are pistachios, hazelnuts, and pecans)
Peanut butter chips
Graham cracker crumbs
Crushed Oreo cookies
kids favorite sprinkles
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