Here is a simple but elegant treat to make that no doubt can start off a romantic Valentine’s Day. Chocolate covered strawberries are enjoyed by many and are fun for everyone to prepare. Children love to get involved and dip the fruit into the melted chocolate.
These crowd pleasers are great as a snack as well as a satisfying after dinner dessert. Prepare these and give them as gifts to friends and family members. Even though they are simple to make the responses will be well worth the time you took to light up their faces with a homemade delight.
- 20-25 strawberries with stems still on
- 8 ounces chocolate
- (Milk, semi-sweet or white)
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- Wash the strawberries in cold water.
- Set aside on paper towels drain the excess water from them.
- Pat them dry if they are still quite damp.
- Use waxed paper or parchment paper to line a large cookie sheet.
- Using a low heat melt half the chocolate and oil in a small saucepan stirring constantly until the chocolate is smooth.
- Remove saucepan from stove and place the pan in a larger pot or bowl with hot water in it. This will keep the chocolate consistency warm and smooth.
- Dip the strawberries individually into the melted chocolate about 2/3 the way up.
- Hold each berry till the excess coating drips off and won’t leave a trail of chocolate on your counter top.
- Place the coated berries onto the paper lined cookie sheet.
- When all the strawberries are on the cookie sheet, place the tray in the refrigerator for 30-40 minutes. This will allow the chocolate to set properly.
- Repeat the above steps again and dip each chocolate covered berry a second time. When dipping this time make sure the berry is dipped slightly more than the first time. This will not only put a little more chocolate on the berry but also form a smooth line and adhere to the berry and not just the coating.
- Return tray to refrigerator to set.
- Place on a serving tray or fancy platter and serve to your family.
- Line the platter or dish with a paper lace doily for a fancy effect.
- If using white chocolate you may want to add a little red food coloring to give the chocolate a pink coloring before dipping.
- If you have children you may want to shake out some sprinkles on one side of the berry to give it an extra flare kids look for in a treat.
- Use caution when dipping into the hot melted chocolate.
- When children are assisting you in the dipping process make sure you are there to supervise them.
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