Valentine’s Day is approaching, and perhaps you’re looking for something fun to do for that special someone. We have just the thing! Surprise your significant other with some DIY chocolate-covered strawberries! In this post, we will provide easy step-by-step instructions for you to be able to make these romantic treats.
What You Need:
Before embarking on this delicious adventure, you will want to gather some supplies. The whole process will take you about 20 minutes to complete. First, you need the following items:
- 1 pound of strawberries (about 20 strawberries)
- 6 ounces of semi-sweet or good quality milk chocolate
- one medium saucepan
- one or two heat-proof bowls
- parchment or wax paper
- a baking sheet to place the dipped berries
- white chocolate, coconut flakes or sprinkles for garnish
What to Do:
Gather the materials above and clear a counter space in your cooking area to begin. Fill the medium saucepan with water and put it on the stove. The heat should be medium/high. While you’re waiting for the water to boil, wash the strawberries with cold water in a strainer. Leaving the stems on top of the strawberries is optional. However, it will be much easier to dip them with the stems attached. If removed, you’ll need to use a fork or a skewer to dip the berries into the chocolate mix.
Depending on what type of chocolate you use, you will need to chop it into thin slices on a cutting board. You can either buy semi-sweet chocolate chips or a milk chocolate bar to use as the dipping chocolate. Any good quality chocolate bar should work. Chopping the chocolate will help it melt in a more uniform/smooth way when dipping the berries.
Once you have chopped the chocolate into fine pieces, you need to put it in a heat-proof bowl. The heat-proof bowl can either be a much smaller saucepan or something made of Teflon to float on top of the water boiling. Before you begin melting the chocolate in the double boiler, you should line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper. Then place the bowl of chocolate on top of the boiling water, and you can reduce the heat. Stir gently, and often to keep the chocolate smooth and stable atop the water. Once the chocolate is fully melted, you can begin dipping your strawberries.
Now for the fun part! Your chocolate should be fully melted. Any garnishes should be ready to be sprinkled on the wet chocolate. To begin dipping the berries, take the strawberries by the stem or use a skewer to spear it and then dip. Slightly twisting the berry as you pull it out of the chocolate in order to prevent messy dripping, lay the chocolate-dipped strawberry gently on the wax paper/baking sheet. The wax or parchment paper will prevent sticking or the chocolate cracking off the berry once you lift them off the sheet.
Repeat the dipping process until you have covered all the strawberries you wish to make! Garnish with coconut flakes or sprinkles as you go before the chocolate dries. After you have dipped, garnished and placed all your strawberries on the wax or parchment paper, pop the baking sheet in the refrigerator to keep them fresh.
Note: Strawberries are best eaten the same day that they are dipped. If kept longer than 24 hours in the refrigerator, the berries tend to sweat under the chocolate, causing them to spoil quickly.
Hopefully you had fun making these chocolate-covered strawberries! Stay tuned for more fun DIY projects from Protect America!