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Chocolate strawberries are the perfect dessert to end a romantic meal for two, or an elegant dinner vacation. But buying chocolate dipped strawberries can be quite expensive. So making chocolate-covered strawberries at home is the perfect solution!
In fact, it is extremely easy to make chocolate strawberries. You can get fantastic results at a fraction of the cost. All you need is some strawberries and some good chocolate to melt.
So how do you do that? It's easy.
Step 1: Pick the strawberries
Choosing the right strawberries is important. Your strawberries dipped strawberries will only be as good as the strawberries you start with. Of course, smothering everything in chocolate tends to make it better, but still you get better results with better strawberries.
Here's what to look for when picking berries:
- Try to find ripe strawberries. Ripe strawberries are a nice, light red. They are also fixed, but should give a little when you press them. And they smell good too!
- Bigger isn't always better, but when you make chocolate-covered strawberries, larger berries are much easier to work with. But maturity comes before size!
Step 2: Select chocolate
It is important to choose the right chocolate for your chocolate strawberries. But what does that really mean? Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Choose a chocolate you like. If you prefer dark chocolate, go for it. But if you like white or milk chocolate, this is the right choice for you. I think semi-sweet is just perfect - it has a rich taste and just the right sweetness. But it's just me!
- Choose a brand you like. There's no need to go for the most expensive brand, unless that's what you prefer!
- Chocolate chips are perfect. They are small, uniform and perfect for melting.
Step 3: Melt chocolate
- Melting the chocolate properly is the key to making perfect chocolate dipped strawberries.
- If you know how to temper chocolate, you can. Curing chocolate is a process that helps the chocolate to dry hard and hard, so that your chocolate-coated strawberries do not get sticky or melt.
- If you do not want to temper the chocolate, it is best to heat the chocolate until it has just barely melted, and then stir it until it is smooth. You can either melt it in the microwave in short bursts, over a double boiler or over very low heat.
Step 4: Dip the strawberries
When the chocolate is melted, the only thing left is to dip the berries in chocolate. And it's really as simple as it sounds. Take your chocolate pot and dip the strawberry in it until almost everything red is covered - leaving a little red discovery makes the chocolate strawberries look even better!
Here are some tips:
- Hold the strawberries by the stem. If they don't have one, you can use a toothpick or a fork.
- Start with the largest berries first. The chocolate is deeper at first and then becomes shallower as you go. It is easier to get the bigger ones out of the way when there is still plenty of chocolate.
- Let the strawberries dry on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper. That way, if you need to move them, it's easy.
- Strawberries coated in hardened chocolate can air dry in just a few minutes. But if you did not temper the chocolates, you may need to store them in the refrigerator for about 45 minutes for the chocolate to harden. After that, take them out though, otherwise the chocolate will start to sweat and fall off the berries.
And that's really all there is to it. In much less than half an hour you can enjoy wonderful, elegant chocolate strawberries. So go ahead and try it - can you really go wrong with chocolate and strawberries?