How to make chocolate covered strawberries at home, using real, chopped chocolate or melting wafers. Plus, fun new topping ideas to spruce them up!
Don’t you just love those precious little love stories where the guy meets the girl of his dreams in elementary or middle school, and it’s happy-ever-after from then on out? Loving the same Valentine for a lifetime — a truly precious notion not many can stake claim to.
You may think I’m leading up to something here, but it’s probably not the one you’re expecting: I didn’t meet my guy until college.
No. The love story I’m leading up to here is the one I share with chocolate. And, more specifically, chocolate covered strawberries. Now, that’s a love I can claim from childhood to this very day.
QUICK TIPS FOR WORKING WITH CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES
- When working with real chocolate, make sure work surface and utensils are void of any water or dampness.
- Make sure strawberries are thoroughly dry, and it is best if they are room temperature before dipping.
- Use a bowl just big enough to fit the chopped chocolate. This will make it easier for dipping.
- Have ready any toppings you intend to use, as the chocolate tends to dry fairly quickly.
- 1 1/2 pound fresh strawberries
- 6 ounces semi-sweet or white chocolate finely chopped
- 1 scant tablespoon of shortening
- Additional melted white chocolate for drizzling
- Crushed toffee bits
- Sliced almonds roughly chopped
- Miniature chocolate chips
Rinse and thoroughly dry strawberries. Set aside until ready to use. Have ready a work surface lined with large sheets of wax paper.
Add the chopped chocolate and the shortening to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring after each increment. The chocolate will likely be melted after 1 1/2 - 2 minutes.
Lift the leaves, and gently gripping the strawberry just underneath them, swirl it around in the chocolate until two-thirds of the berry has been coated, lift and allow excess chocolate to fall.
Place onto the wax paper and add desired toppings. Repeat with remaining strawberries. Allow the coating to set and harden, about 1 hour. Serve and enjoy.
Make sure the strawberries are dry before dipping in the chocolate.
You can easily sub in white or dark chocolate melting wafers for the chopped chocolate in this recipe. All quantites will stay the same.