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by Leann Gibson

I love creating gifts for my loved ones in my kitchen. This was one of my Mom’s favorites.

Ingredients

chocolate covered strawberry
  1. 10-15 medium-sized fresh strawberries with stems
  2. You can use an assortment of dark, milk, and white chocolate if you wish. You will need approximately 1 cup of each. I like to use the chocolate in chip form because it melts more evenly.
  3. Parchment/waxed paper and a tray
  4. A small Ziploc bag

Preparation

Step 1: Washing the Strawberries

  • Wash the strawberries and pat dry – a paper towel works best.
  • It is essential that the fruit is completely dry; otherwise, the chocolate will not stick to the fruit.
  • I recommend leaving the strawberries to continue drying for an hour or so. Water and chocolate do not mix; water in melted chocolate causes it to seize and curdle.

Step 2: Melting the Chocolate

  • Melt the chocolate in microwave-safe bowls. I find this to be the easiest and safest method, since different types of chocolate melt at different rates. Dark chocolate takes longer than milk and white chocolate melts the fastest.
  • Choose the chocolate you would like to start with. Heat the bowl in the microwave in 15-second increments, stirring thoroughly each time because the chocolate will continue to melt as you stir it.
  • As the chocolate begins to melt, you will feel the spoon move through the chocolate quickly and easily.
  • Press the back of the spoon against the side of the bowl to feel any non-melted bits.
  • You want the chocolate to just be melted, not hot. Overheating causes the chocolate to burn and solidify.

Step 3: Dipping the Strawberries

  • Grasp each strawberry by the stem and sweep and swirl in the chocolate, tipping the bowl if necessary until it is covered to the stem.
  • Lay each strawberry on the paper-covered tray, making sure that you place each strawberry about two finger-widths apart.
  • While the chocolate is still wet, you can sprinkle the strawberries with toasted coconut, Skor or Heath bites, nuts, or whatever your heart desires!
  • If you would like to drizzle the berries with a different type of chocolate, put the tray in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to let the chocolate set.

Step 4: Drizzling the Chocolate

There are several methods for drizzling the chocolate:

  • Working with one strawberry at a time, grasp the stem while the strawberry is still on the tray. Dip the bowl of a small spoon into the melted chocolate; tip the bowl of the spoon downward as you move it back and forth above the strawberry.
  • You can also pour melted chocolate into the corner of a Ziploc bag and cut off the tip of the corner. Working with one strawberry at a time, hold the cut corner of the Ziploc bag downward as you move it back and forth above the strawberry.

Step 5: Set, Serve, and Eat!

  • Place the strawberries back into the refrigerator for another 20 minutes to allow them to set completely.
  • Transfer the strawberries to a decorative plate or dish of your choosing.
  • These are good for up to two days – not that they will last that long!

More Cooking Information

Learn more about safe cooking techniques at Cooking and Meals: Master Your Kitchen.