This Chocolate Covered Strawberry recipe is so easy, you will be churning out a classic Valentine’s Day dessert to follow-up that romantic dinner with ease. First things first: wash those berries. Ideally, Valentine’s Day would be during the summer, like around July, so we could use strawberries from our farmer’s market. But, alas.
Try to find the prettiest, ripest berries you can find for this one. It will make a difference. Use a good quality chocolate too. Since those are the main ingredients, you want to use the best you can because those flavors are going to be obvious. I based my recipe on the one in (affiliate link–see how I use wishlists to shop local) Taste of Home: The Complete Guide to Country Cooking. It is a cookbook I have had since I was in high school. It is fabulous!
Tips for Making Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Make sure they are clean, then let them air dry so the chocolate won’t slide right off. That’s about the hardest part of this whole process. Really, the rest of it is just dipping them in the chocolate mixture and then setting them down and leaving them alone until the chocolate has set. See? This is actually really easy.
It helps to have your wax paper set out and ready to go before you begin. Plan to chill the completed chocolate covered strawberries for thirty minutes or so until the chocolate has set and no longer has that “melted” look to it. I know, it is hard not to mess with them. Whatever you do, don’t sample one yet. I can tell you from experience that eating one will lead to eating two and before you know it, your strawberry platter will look less than filled. Kidding aside, pop them on a nice serving dish or inside of a pretty serving bowl before presenting them to your family or sweetheart. Presentation is so important.
I think this makes a great change of pace from the typical heart day desserts or presents. After all, we aren’t all fortunate enough to live close to local chocolate shops so this is the next best thing. For an extra special touch, and if you have a steady hand, you could melt white chocolate, fill a pastry bag (or plastic sandwich bag with the end snipped off at an angle) with it, or just drizzle it using a spoon over the chocolate-coated berries. It would add a nice contrasting color and an extra bit of “wow!” It takes a steady hand and a “just right” consistency to achieve a free-hand drizzle.
If you have any strawberries left, they can be saved. Store the dipped berries for up to a day in a covered container to prevent them from drying out. Transfer them to your nicest serving platter and hear the compliments roll in.
If you are looking for other great Valentine’s Day recipes, I have them right here. Many of those desserts easily translate into holiday desserts too, with their festive coloring.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Recipe
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