Have you ever wanted to surprise somebody with some delicious and indulgent chocolate covered strawberries? One of the simplest desserts to make, these bite-sized delicacies are a glamorous treat that everyone loves. Beautiful and fancy looking but incredibly easy to prepare, one batch of chocolate covered strawberries only takes about 20 minutes to make.
Here’s everything you need to know to sparkle and impress - plus a simple and clever hack.
How do you make chocolate covered strawberries?
Here's how you do it: rinse and dry the strawberries, then melt the chocolate. You can melt chocolate the fancy way in a double boiler (if you don't own a double boiler, you can make your own with a simple saucepan and heat-safe glass bowl), or you can melt it in the microwave in a heat-proof bowl.
What type of chocolate should you use?
This is a simple recipe with just two uncomplicated ingredients, so the quality of chocolate is crucial — the better the chocolate, the better the result. Baking chocolate is particularly well suited to this dessert. You can use bittersweet or semi-sweet, milk chocolate or white chocolate. You can, of course, use chocolate chips, and they can be melted in the microwave. You will only have to set your microwave at half power and stir the chocolate every 30 seconds until smooth.
Total time: 20 mins
- Wash and dry the strawberries.
- Put a parchment-lined baking tray on your workspace to place the dipped strawberries.
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave.
- Dip the strawberries in the melted chocolate.
- Place the strawberries on the baking sheet and let them rest until the chocolate has set.
Have you ever been disappointed because your chocolate covered strawberries didn’t turn out as adorable as the gorgeous offering at your favourite bakery?
This is because the chocolate puddles at the bottom, leaving the fruit with an unattractive heel. A simple swipe can easily avoid this. That’s right, just one swipe to remove the excess chocolate. So, next time you want to make chocolate covered strawberries try this super quick hack: it will only take two seconds and make all the difference.
Ensure that your strawberries are completely dry before you dip them. Chocolate won't stick to strawberries with too much moisture.
How to store chocolate covered strawberries
You can refrigerate the strawberries until the chocolate is set, about 30 minutes, but then remove before serving. For best results, we recommend serving them at room temperature.
You may store them in the refrigerator, uncovered, up to one day, leaving them on the same baking sheet you placed them on after dipping.
Do not freeze chocolate covered strawberries. They have to harden in the fridge, not in the freezer. The strawberries will release moisture when thawed, ruining the chocolate coating.
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