Chocolate covered strawberries can be found in boutique chocolate stores, especially around Valentine's Day, but they are actually very easy to make yourself. Even novice cooks can make chocolate covered strawberries that are sure to please a crowd, and also make romantic gifts. For just a fraction of the price of store-bought chocolate covered strawberries, here's how to make your own chocolate covered strawberries at home:
Ingredients and supplies:
- 1 lb. fresh, ripe strawberries
- One 12oz. package semisweet chocolate chips
- Oil, approx. 1 tablespoon
- White chocolate (optional)
- Finely crushed nuts (optional)
- Medium saucepan or oven-safe bowl
- Nonstick foil or wax paper
- Prepare the strawberries. Rinse the strawberries under cool running water in a colander, and then gently dry them. Do not cut off the leaves or stems at the top of each strawberry. For best results, use large store-bought strawberries. Small strawberries from your garden are hard to hold on to when you're trying to dip them in the chocolate, and they won't look as impressive when finished.
- Prepare the cookie sheet. Depending on how many strawberries you are dipping, you may need more than one baking sheet. Make sure you have enough room to lay out all of the strawberries without them touching. Cover each sheet in wax paper or foil so that the strawberries don't stick. Set it on your countertop, close to the stove, in preparation for the finished strawberries. Also make some room in the fridge to set each sheet, for the chocolate to set once the strawberries are dipped.
- Heat the chocolate. This can be done in the microwave, in an oven-safe bowl. If microwaving, heat for 60 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until it melts completely. It can also be done on the stovetop. Heat the chocolate chips and about a tablespoon of oil on low heat, and stir until the chocolate melts completely and becomes smooth. Be very careful not to burn the chocolate. The oil will help the chocolate become smooth, though it's not completely necessary to add oil to the chocolate.
- Dip the strawberries. Hold the strawberries by the leafy top, and dip them one-by-one into the melted chocolate. Then lay on the baking sheet. When done, place the tray into the refrigerator for at least two hours to allow the chocolate time to set.
- Decorate the strawberries. This step is optional, but can make your strawberries look very elegant. Melt a little white chocolate, and carefully drizzle it from the end of your spoon onto each strawberry. Return to the refrigerator to give the white chocolate time to set. You can also roll them in finely crushed nuts.
- Serve. Place the strawberries in a decorative gift box or arrange them on a platter. Avoid warm weather, because the chocolate melts easily. For best results, eat within 48 hours.
This recipe is easy to make in large quantities. Work with just one package of chocolate chips at a time, or your melted chocolate will become too stiff to work with by the time you reach the end of the strawberries. Many other foods can be dipped in this manner, including cherries, small pretzels, marshmallows, cookies, and cake cubes.