Happy Valentine's Day!
So many people love to have chocolate dipped strawberries for Valentine's Day. If you would like to dip them yourself, which I highly recommend, here are a few tips.
Use your imagination! Pink chocolaty strawberries drizzled with milk chocolate.
With very little extra effort, you can make a beautiful assortment. See the strawberry on the far left, in the middle? That one is dipped with peanut butter chocolate coatings. PB and J.....
I like to place the finished berries in a paper candy cup, this lets everyone know each berry is very special.
Melt chocolate coatings (your favorite flavor) in a tall, 2 cup, glass measuring cup. Remember melt not heat. One pound of coatings in the microwave at 50% power, that is critical, for 40 second increments, stirring often.
Dip your clean, dry strawberries into the coatings as seen in the photo. Let the extra coatings drip back into the cup. (That tip alone will help you make professional looking dipped strawberries). Place the dipped strawberry on a cookie sheet that has been lined with wax or parchment paper. Add sprinkles at this point if you like. Set in the frig for 10 minutes. Remove from frig. This a perfect time to drizzle the strawberries with more chocolate coatings.
This is where I think most people get tripped up...
For the ultimate best results, dip the strawberries not more than one hour before you are going to use them and keep them lightly covered with saran wrap in a cool place (not the frig). Once they have come out of the frig, never put them back in, really never, unless you want mush. So only make the amount you need as you need them. This is a good time to eat one!
All my best, Sonia
Ps, see the following post for my book giveaway...
See my website for supplies and my cookbook chocolates by Imagination Spring and Summer, which has a more detailed recipe for the chocolate covered strawberries. www.chocolatesbyimagination.com