Monday, February 12, 2018

Chocolate Covered Strawberries - Favorite Family Recipe Blog Hop


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The theme for February is  Favorite Family Recipes!    So today I'm sharing with you how to make one of my favorite comfort treats: Chocolate Covered Strawberries! 

Two things I want to mention first -
I love, love, love strawberries and it's almost Valentine's Day!  But regardless of the occasion, sometimes when I need a "pick me up" - I buy strawberries and dark chocolate morsels to make my very own Chocolate Covered Strawberries! My family actually goes crazy for these whenever I make them, too!
Did you know that chocolate and strawberries are an aphrodisiac?  Yes, yes, yes! A feel good treat! But why, oh why, are they so expensive? The ingredients certainly don't cost much! And, you rarely are able to buy them freely, except on special occasions. That's why I make my own.  And so can you!  It's quite easy to do! Here's how:

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Ingredients:
Fresh Strawberries (2 lbs)
1 bag (10 oz) Dark Chocolate Morsels
1 bag (11 oz) White Chocolate Chips (Ghirardelli)

Paper towels

Microwave safe bowls and spatulas

Parchment or wax paper

 Baking sheet

Small resealable plastic bag/scissors

Red gel (tube for decorating - optional)


 Directions:
     1.  Rinse the strawberries under cool water and gently pat dry with paper towels. The strawberries must be completely dry before dipping in the chocolate.  So spread them out on paper towels and let them dry.

2.  Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.

3.  In a small microwave safe bowl, microwave the dark chocolate morsels at 30-45 second intervals at 50% power. Stir until completely melted and smooth with no lumps.

4.  Pick up a strawberry by the top leaves and dip into the melted chocolate, swirly gently to cover strawberry three quarters in chocolate, just below the leaves. You might have to tilt the bowl if the chocolate isn't deep enough.  Then, lift the strawberry out, gently shaking to remove excess chocolate that's dripping.

5. Place strawberry on lined baking sheet.

6. Repeat dipping for half of the remaining strawberries.

7. In another small microwave safe bowl, microwave *white chocolate chips for 45-60 seconds at 50% power intervals. Stir until melted and smooth.

8.  Continue dipping remaining strawberries in the melted white chocolate, as before, gently shaking to remove excess chocolate and placing on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

*White Chocolate Covered Strawberries are perfect in appearance for Valentine’s Day but white chocolate is not as beneficial or rich and seductive as the dark chocolate, and neither is the flavor, lol!

To drizzle strawberries: Add melted chocolate (or candy melts of any color) to a small ziplock bag, pushing chocolate down to one corner of bag. Snip corner of bag with scissors and then, squeezing the bag gently, drizzle the chocolate over the strawberries using a zig-zag motion. I tried out a red decorative gel that comes in a tube for the white chocolate strawberries, thinking it would be easier to use than a plastic bag - but it wasn't, and the gel didn't set either, but remained sticky.

And finally, place the chocolate covered strawberries in the refrigerator until the chocolate sets, then, ENJOY!

Store in an airtight container, in a single layer on parchment paper, in the refrigerator up to 3 days. But I don't think they'll last that long!

Oh, and if you have any melted chocolate left over, drop by the spoonfuls onto  parchment paper or in small silicone molds (couldn't find mine in time) and let set in refrigerator. What another wonderful treat!

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14 comments:

  1. Oh, wow! I absolutely love chocolate covered strawberries! Thank you for the recipe! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  2. Hola Gail ,me encantan las fresas con chocolate ,una delicia !!!!!!!!
    Besos.

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  3. I am inclined to run to the grocery store today for these ingredients. We are in Ga. so Florida strawberries are in our stores now and they are on sale! I have never made chocolate covered strawberries but I think I can. Yours turned out beautiful and look store bought to me! I want to do this! Perfect Valentine's treat and my hubby would love these!

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  4. Chocolate Covered Strawberries are one of my favorite treats, too! I love making them, but I always make such a mess, so I rarely make them! Yours look absolutely wonderful, Gail! The price of them already made is ridiculous. You could sell these. :)

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  5. What a great recipe and tutorial for chocolate covered strawberries! Pinning!

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  6. Love chocolate covered strawberries! These look so professionally done, too! Pinning.

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  7. Que tentaci├│n tan dulce¡¡

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  8. Me too I love chocolate covered strawberries Gail. Have a Happy Valentine's Day. :0)

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  9. Gail, those look so pretty. I'm one of the few people in this world who don't like chocolate covered strawberries though. I'll eat strawberries with chocolate just not this way. I personally like more chocolate than strawberry. :)
    Cecilia

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  10. I love chocolate covered strawberries and yours look so pretty with the white chocolate drizzled on top! Yum!

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  11. Gail, This is a great recipe share and so timely for Valentine's Day too! I'm with the rest of the group, chocolate covered strawberries are a favorite treat! Yours turned out so beautifully!! Pinning to share.

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  12. Beautifully done Gail. The strawberries are beautiful. Perfect for Valentines. Happy Valentine Day.

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  13. Picture perfect strawberries. I'd love to have a handful of these now. Chocolate covered strawberries are one of my favorites.

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