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Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, it’s typical to see chocolate covered strawberries in grocery and on online stores. However ordering, or buying pre-made, doesn’t make much economic sense when you only get 6-12 strawberries for a whopping $30-40. In addition, 2 lbs of fresh strawberries costs less than $8, and the other ingredients are simple to get. Thus, it’s just as easy to make your own. So I’m going to show you how to decorate chocolate covered strawberries instead.
Chocolate covered strawberries are great to eat any season. And there are a lot of benefits to eating them, such as their fiber content. Also, eating strawberries can lower the bad cholesterol in our bodies. Additionally, eating them could even prevent cancer cell growth.
Then there’s the chocolate combined with the strawberries. And there are different textures involved too. Sometimes it doesn’t work. But sometimes it does. And chocolate and strawberries are definitely meant to be together.
Ingredients for Decorating Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- 1 lb strawberries; Driscoll’s have the best
- 10 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 6 oz white or vanilla melting wafers
- 1/4 c each of toppings, such as: sprinkles, decorating sugar, coconut, chopped nuts, and/or chocolate curls
Instructions for Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- First, line a jellyroll pan with wax paper
- Next, wash the strawberries; and carefully pat each one dry with a paper towel
- Put each topping in a separate shallow bowl
Melting Chocolate Chips and Wafers
- Place the vanilla wafers in a microwave-safe bowl
- And microwave on medium power for 30 seconds to a minute, depending on how cold it is in your house; the colder it is, the more cooking time you’ll need
- Stir the melting wafers
- Continue this until the wafers start to melt; then drop the cooking time to 30 secs
- Stir in 1 tsp of olive oil to thin out the vanilla, if it’s a thick mixture
- Next, melt the chocolate chips in a similar manner to the wafers: on medium power for 30 seconds to a minute; however, do not add any olive oil when you’re done
We’re almost done! My main concern during the last part was the chocolate and vanilla hardening before covering all of the strawberries. So my youngest helped me out, and it made it much easier. Also, I laid everything out like an assembly line. Therefore, if you have pre-teens, have them help. You both will enjoy it. Likewise, set everything up as an assembly line: strawberries, chocolate, toppings, and finally, the jellyroll pan.
How to Decorate Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- Take one strawberry by the leaves and dip it into the melted chocolate or vanilla.
- Swirl until evenly coated.
- Then dip chocolate coated strawberry into the topping of your choice.
- Next, place decorated, chocolate covered strawberry onto jellyroll pan.
- And repeat until all of the strawberries are decorated.
- Chill in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes or until chocolate is set.
- Ideally, these are best served the day you make them and at room temperature. They can be made a day ahead, however condensation will form, which isn’t good. Read this for tips on how to store chocolate covered strawberries in the refrigerator.
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