Valentine’s Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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What says “Happy Valentine’s Day” better than chocolate covered strawberries?  Oh my, how I love these little treats.  They’re so easy to whip up and take no time at all to make! All you really need is chocolate and strawberries!  I’ll show you how I made mine…

I started with these ingredients:

  • Strawberries (I got two pints so I could make sure I had the biggest, prettiest strawberries!)
  • Chocolate (I used semi-sweet, pick your favorite and try to get the best chocolate you can get your hands on)
  • Candy Melts – I used pink…of course! (optional)
  • Parchment or wax paper
  • Cupcake liners (optional)
  • Sprinkles/toppings (optional)

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First you will want to wash your strawberries and dry them really well.  I picked out my “favorite” strawberries from both pints.  Make sure they are very dry.  I even pick each one up and carefully dry it with a paper towel to get every last bit of water off of each one.  If there’s any water on the strawberry the chocolate will not stick to the berry.

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After your berries are clean and ready to go, now comes the fun!  Let’s melt the chocolate!  There are usually melting instructions on the packaging of the chocolate and candy melts.  Follow those directions.  I usually just melt in a microwave safe bowl on defrost setting (50% power), 30 seconds at a time, until melted.

Here I have my chocolate and candy melts in the microwavable bowls.  I also have my sprinkles/toppings in a bowl ready to be utilized.

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Make sure you lay out your parchment or wax paper before you start dipping.

Now you just dip your strawberries in.  I just hold it by the stem, some people will use skewers, forks, or toothpicks.  I make sure and get the chocolate up as high on the berry as possible by rolling it around, paying attention to not get the stem in the chocolate…although it happens!

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Let the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl. If you want to dip your strawberries in sprinkles, now’s the time to do it while they’re wet.  I chose to dip some of them in pink sanding sugar.

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Then place the berry on parchment paper to dry

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I also did some in pink with candy melts following the same steps as before…

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Now let the berries dry.  You can put them on a baking sheet and put them in a fridge for a few minutes to speed up the drying.

To make mine extra special I decided to drizzle a little extra on top. I took some of the pink candy melts and chocolate chips and melted them in the microwave. Then I placed the melted goodness in sandwich baggies and snipped off a very very small bit of the corner of the bag. I practiced the drizzle pattern on the side of the parchment paper before I started on the strawberries, but it’s very simple. Just steadily move your hand back and forth on top of the strawberry to make the drizzle effect.

If you’d like to make a pretty gift for someone, place them in the cupcake liners and then on a platter or heart-shaped plate.  Use your imagination and have fun with this!  The possibilities are limitless!

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Did you make these?

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