Chocolate Covered Strawberries
With Valentines Day quickly approaching I was inspired to try some holiday-themed treats! The first thing that comes to mind, aside from a box of chocolates, is chocolate covered strawberries. They look so elegant, yet are so easy to make! There's also a plethora of simple techniques that make for a great final presentation.
Looking for other treats in the Valentines Day Dessert Bonanza? Look no further!
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Easy Valentines Day Pretzels
Red Velvet Truffles
Here I'm going to use dark brown and red as my main decoration colors, but you can always add in pink and white!
What You'll Need
- Strawberries (I'm using a small store bought box)
- 1 bag Wilton Red Candy Melts
- 1 bag Wilton Chocolate Candy Melts (Or Dark Chocolate Candy melts)
- 1-4 tbs Shortening or Paramount Crystals
- (Optional) Red and White Sprinkles
- (Optional) Toothpicks
- (Optional) Styrofoam block
First off I washed all the strawberries to remove any dirt. This is both to ensure people will eat clean fruit, and because the dirt can loosen the chocolate's ability to stay on the strawberry.
Next I stuck toothpicks through each strawberry for more control when I start dipping and drying them.
It's time to melt the chocolates! I added about 1/4th of the chocolate candy melts and a few black candy melts to help darken the color. I'm only dipping a small box of strawberries so I don't need the whole bag, but you can add more depending on how many you plan on dipping!
These melts tend to seize up and make it very hard for dipping unless I add some shortening or paramount crystals (which is just crystallized shortening). I'll usually start with a tablespoon of shortening or a handful of crystals when starting to melt the chocolates. From there you can always add more as you go!
Now that the chocolate is melted and at the right consistency, we're ready to dip the strawberries!
(Not shown in the picture: I grabbed the strawberry leaves along with the toothpick when dipping to get better control of the strawberry and keep the leaves from going into the chocolate.)
I don't know about you guys, but I hate just laying strawberries down to dry after dipping. You never know how the chocolate will spread or if the strawberry will roll over. So! After getting any drips off I stick the toothpick into the styrofoam so the strawberry can dry without any marks on it!
This is a little embarrassing but I didn't have any Valentines Day related sprinkles so I sorted out the white and red ones from a combination pack I had...
That was enough for all of 2 strawberries.
With all the strawberries dipped in chocolate covering and the sprinkles all used up, it's time to start the other decorating techniques!
First I melt some red candy melts. Half of this stays for dipping the chocolate covered strawberries, and the other half I put in a Wilton frosting bag for drizzling.
When dipping the strawberries in the red candy melt I made sure to only dip half the strawberry in. I find that turning the berry on its side and dipping that in halfway tends to look "fancier" than dipping the strawberry in from the top down.
Drizzling is done by holding the strawberry by the toothpick and quickly moving the frosting bag back and forth over the strawberry to create multiple red streaks. I usually hold the strawberry over the candy melt bowl to collect any excess red that didn't adhere to the strawberry. It's a very easy technique that has a great final look!
Stick them all in the fridge for 5 mins or so and you're all set! Now you have an easy Valentines gift that looks and tastes great!