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Monday, February 18, 2013

Valentine's Day Dessert

Who doesn't like Chocolate Covered Strawberries?!?!?!

I decided to make Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Ryan as a Valentine's Day surprise, sadly it was spoiled when he went into the fridge when he came home from work!  But the strawberries were absolutely delicious.  Since the strawberries are in season this was the perfect dessert!



I didn't really follow a recipe but here is one of the ones that I've seen and it is similar to what I did.  Now you don't have to use the whole bag of chocolate chips like I did.  If there is left over chocolate you can always make your own chocolate bar!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Ingredients:

12 oz bag of Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Chips
1 pound of large strawberries, washed and patted dry

Directions:


Rinse the berries well and pat dry (make sure they're completely dry with no drops of water present). Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper, or nonstick foil.

Melt your chocolate. Chocolate melts best with indirect heat-- I use a double boiler pan. If you don't have a double boiler, simmer 2 inches of water in a saucepan, then place a heat-safe bowl in the water and melt the chocolate in the bowl.

Once your chocolate is melted, you're ready to decorate. Assemble your parchment lined baking sheet, and melted chocolate.

Dip the strawberries one by one into the melted chocolate, coating them 1/2 to 3/4 of the way up. Lift and twist the strawberry as you pull it out of the chocolate, letting the excess drip back into the bowl.
Place the dipped strawberries onto the parchment. Do not move or touch them once you've set them down, or you will disturb the lovely chocolate shell.

Place them in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes till the chocolate sets.

You can serve the chocolate strawberries chilled or at room temperature. Chilled strawberries will have a nice crunch to the chocolate-- room temp will make the chocolate a bit softer to bite through. Place them in a pretty tissue-lined box for gift giving, if desired.

 
 



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