This DIY project is easy and great fun. Chocolate covered strawberries look beautiful at engagement parties, bridal showers, wedding receptions and are perfect for St. Valentine’s day.
You could dip strawberries in one type of chocolate or you could combine dark and milk chocolate, or milk chocolate and white chocolate to make the strawberries look sumptuous. Timing is the only tricky thing. Chocolate covered strawberries look best the day they are made. They last in an airtight container in a refrigerator for only a day or two.
But one thing you can be sure of. They always become a talking point at parties!
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The list of ingredients is very simple – chocolate and strawberries. White, milk and dark chocolate will be suitable.
Choose either cooking chocolate or any chocolate that melts well. Strawberries should be ripe but firm. They don’t need to be all the same size, that’s entirely up to you.
The amount of chocolate needed will depend on the strawberries and also on their size.
As a rough guide, you will need two cups of chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate) for each twenty strawberries.
Rinse the strawberries and place them on a kitchen towel. It is very important to wait until the strawberries are completely dry. You can pat them gently with a kitchen towel.
Before melting the chocolate prepare a tray lined with baking paper.
Chocolate should be melted in double boiler. Heat water in a large saucepan and put a heatproof glass bowl inside to create a double boiler.
Place the chocolate inside the glass bowl. Once it melts, stir it for a while, to temper it. Tempering chocolate will give the chocolate coating a nice smooth look once it dries.
To make the chocolate even silkier and a little bit softer you could add a very small amount of oil at this point. The chocolate needs to be completely melted but not too hot.
Take the strawberries one by one and dip them in the chocolate. Hold the strawberry above the bowl for a short while. Then, transfer it onto the waxed baking paper.
Be playful and experiment with different styles. Try dipping the whole strawberry or half on the strawberry (at various angles) to see what looks best.
To make the coating look like small suit, dip the strawberry.
If you wish, you could dip the strawberry into a topping of your choice – chopped nuts, shredded coconut or colourful retro sprinkles.
You could also let the chocolate dry and them dip the strawberries again in a different type of chocolate, i.e. white chocolate, creating double-layer coating.
Or, you could put melted white chocolate into a small piping bag and drizzle white chocolate over milk chocolate or dark chocolate.
When finished, place the tray into a refrigerator to make the chocolate set quickly. Then, peal the strawberries off the waxed paper carefully. Arrange on a tray or a bowl.
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