Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Valentine's Day Chocolate Strawberries

20 Minutes to decadent Valentine indulgence!

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Valentine's Day just screams Chocolate Dipped Strawberries.
I hope you have fresh strawberries at your local produce market.  

Follow the simple recipe below and surprise your Valentine with homemade chocolate strawberries like the professionals make. The most important tip I can share with you is....these are not make a-head treats. If you want excellent dipped strawberries, they must be made within an hour before you serve them. Nevertheless, not to worry, I will get you set up, and the last minute dipping will go quickly. 

1. Decide a day or three in advance what flavor chocolate you will be using (I recommend good quality chocolate coatings)  and if you are going to drizzle or sprinkle. Buy what you'll need.
2. Purchase your strawberries as fresh as possible. The day before is good.
3. The day of, rinse and dry your strawberries several hours before dipping. Set  them aside in a cool place covered with a clean dish cloth. 
4. Put your chocolate(s) in the melting bowl(s). Have your sprinkles, chocolate, wax paper and serving plate together and ready to use.

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Allow thirty minutes just in case.
Milk chocolate coatings
Melt chocolate coatings. Remember melt not heat. One pound of coatings in the microwave at 50% power, that is critical, for 30 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 a different flavor of chocolate coatings.

Now is a good time to eat one, for quality control of course!

Set the dipped strawberries on a beautiful serving plate and prepare to dazzle your Valentine.

Note: Once the dipped strawberries 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.  

I will be posting many Valentine's Day chocolate ideas, so check back soon. 

All my best, Sonia

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.

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