Chocolate Covered Strawberries and a Mother’s Day GIVEAWAY!

April 20, 2015


 Chocolate Covered Strawberries are a beautiful, elegant addition to spreads for Mother’s Day, baby showers, weddings, girls night, and basically any place where you want pretty food.  Not all chocolate covered strawberries are created equal though, so I’m going to share my secrets for making them pretty AND delicious.  As in, the cute grandmas in my neighborhood book club last month were wrapping them in napkins and stuffing their pockets.  They are that wonderful.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb fresh strawberries, without blemishes or soft spots
  • 1/2 cup high quality milk chocolate chips
  • 2 squares chocolate bark
  • 1 square white bark, for drizzling
  • {For semi-sweet or dark, melt one cup of chips, adding coconut oil if necessary}

Directions:

  1. Thoroughly wash and thoroughly dry your strawberries.  This is important!  Don’t dip them if they are wet.
  2. Melt chocolate and bark, being careful not to overheat.  {Chocolate is temperamental and if it’s heated too much it can get that powdery white coating–because it’s out of temper.}  To melt chocolate in the microwave, heat it for 30 seconds at full power.  Stir.  Heat it again for 15 seconds, then stir.  If chips are almost all melted, continue stirring until they are all melted.  Heat again for 15 seconds if necessary.  
  3. Dip the dry strawberries in the chocolate and place them on a lined baking sheet to harden.  Place in refrigerator for 15 minutes to set chocolate, if necessary.
  4. Melt the white bark and drizzle over the hardened chocolate.  
  5. Store strawberries at room temperature.  Strawberries may be placed in the fridge, but condensation may form on the chocolate, so it is not recommended to refrigerate them for more than an hour.  If you do refrigerate them, let them come to room temperature before serving.  The strawberries will be sweeter and the chocolate will be a little softer.

Notes:

  • If you want to garnish your strawberries other ways, you can sprinkle them in small/crushed foods immediately after dipping them in the chocolate.  Some ideas include: finely chopped nuts, sprinkles, mini chocolate chips.
  • You do NOT have to use chocolate bark.  Years ago my sister and I spent an afternoon testing several combinations of chocolate for dipping strawberries and we found that a great sheen and texture were achieved with a combination of chocolate and bark.  Straight chocolate is perfectly wonderful.  And if you use semi-sweet or dark, do NOT combine it with milk chocolate bark. 
  • This recipe gets me enough chocolate to dip large strawberries from Costco.  If your strawberries are smaller, you may need more chocolate as you will be covering more surface area of berries.  Just melt a little more and you’ll be set!

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      By Becky

      Becky is a mom to 4 kiddos and wife to an awesome guy. She's a food fanatic and loves creating and improving recipes. Bread is her weakness and delicious food is her passion!