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Chocolate Covered Strawberries
"How to make your own chocolate dipped strawberries"
Chocolate Covered Strawberries always put a smile on every ones lips. A freshly ripened strawberry and chocolate whether it is dark, milk or white is always a winning combination.
Now please don’t be put off by their spectacular appearance.
Their incredible WOW! factor hides the fact that they are very easy to make.
I will show you the basic steps for chocolate strawberries and how to take those skills and make tuxedo, bride and groom, santa, snowman, rudolph, christmas, 4th of July and valentine strawberries ...
Please read through the chocolate covered strawberries recipe first before starting.
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Tips for making a chocolate dipped strawberry ...
- Always use perfect strawberries. This way your efforts will be shown off at their best and they will taste incredible.
- Have everything ready before you start dipping.
- The strawberries must be dry when dipped into the melted chocolate.
- When melting the chocolate avoid overheating and contact with steam or water.
- Always use a heatproof bowl when melting the chocolate.
- Chocolates all vary in their thicknesses when melted. If the chocolate you have chosen looks as if it will be too thick when melted to dip then add 1 teaspoon of plain vegetable oil to 2 cups of chocolate buttons. Stir through thoroughly. This will make the job a lot easier without diminishing the flavour.
- Store the finished strawberries at a cool room temperature.
- Plan to dip the strawberries on the day they are to be eaten.
Chocolate Strawberry Recipe
What You Will Need
Fresh, clean and dry strawberries with their green calyx intact.
Choice of chocolate for dipping and decorating. Chocolate buttons are the best for melting. If your favourite chocolate does not come in this form then roughly chop.
You will need approximately 2 cups of chocolate buttons melted to dip 20 medium sized strawberries.
Small heat proof bowls to melt the chocolate in.
Baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper, waxed paper or foil.
Other decorations, chopped nuts, sprinkles etc for finishing touches
Small icing bags for drizzling or decorating the chocolate covered strawberries.
Paper cases, cellophane bags or small bamboo skewers for presentation
How To Melt Chocolate
I have listed three easy ways to melt chocolate. My favourite way is in the oven. I find this is more flexible. I can keep several types of chocolate melted this way. I don’t have the danger of working with steam or the easy chance of over heating in the microwave.
Try and use small bowls to melt the chocolate. This will reduce the amount of chocolate you will have left-over. A bowl with a depth that is double the height of the strawberry is ideal. You can always add more chocolate to the bowl to melt if needed.
Bring a small amount of water to the boil in a saucepan. Turn the heat down to a slow simmer. Place your heatproof bowl containing your chocolate buttons to snuggly fit on top. The base of the bowl must not touch the simmering water. It is the heat of the steam that is used to melt the chocolate not the water. Stir the chocolate buttons until melted.
Use a heatproof microwave safe bowl. Microwave the chocolate uncovered on 50% power for 1 minute. Stir. Then repeat in 30 second intervals until the chocolate has melted. Great care must be taken not to overheat the chocolate using this method.
Place the heatproof bowl containing the chocolate buttons in a preheated oven set at 60oC. Leave for 10 minutes, then stir. Leave the bowl in there until the chocolate is completely melted. You can leave the chocolate safely in the oven until ready to use.
You can find more information on how to melt chocolate here.
How to Make Chocolate Dipped Strawberry
This really is as simple as dipping the strawberries into the chocolate.
Holding the strawberry by the green calyx dip into the melted chocolate up to the level you desire.
As you remove the strawberry give it a little shake to help reduce the thickness of the chocolate coating.
Allow any excess chocolate to drip off.
If you plan to dip the strawberry into chopped nuts or sprinkles etc then carefully do this now.
Transfer the finished strawberry to a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper, wax paper or foil.
Leave the strawberries to set at a cool room temperature.
Once set they can be further dipped or decorated.
For presentation display each chocolate covered strawberry in a slightly flattened paper case. Bamboo skewers are also a fun way to serve them. This gives your guests an easy way to hold the strawberries.
If you would like your strawberries not to have a flat base then check out the method I have used to make my wonderfully cute santa, rudolph and snowmen chocolate strawberries.
It is a slightly different way of setting the strawberries and is worth checking out just to see these Christmas characters which are my own original creation!
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Ideas
Ok so now you have all the information you need to make chocolate covered strawberries, use my photographs as inspiration.
You are only limited by your imagination. They really are easy and if you do them yourself then they are a fraction of the cost of buying them retail.
Chocolate Strawberry Bride and Groom
Do you have a wedding or special occasion coming up? Do you need wedding favours or place card settings for your guests
Why not make these fabulous Tuxedo and Bride & Groom strawberries.
Any occasion can be catered for especially if you colour white chocolate, they can be made to colour co-ordinate your wedding or shower etc. They can also be used to top cupcakes which are very popular wedding cake.
4th of July Chocolate Strawberries
Red, White and Blue - Stars and Stripes.
There's no better way to celebrate the 4th of July than with these chocolate strawberries.
Click here to see more my 4th of July decorating ideas.
Halloween Chocolate Strawberries
These white chocolate ghost strawberries are the perfect way to celebrate halloween.
You can almost hear their little mouths saying BOO!
Click here for these friendly halloween treats
Valentine Chocolate Covered Strawberries
What better way to show that someone special in your life that you love them than to hand make Chocolate Valentine Strawberries.
Lots of ideas on how to decorate your strawberries for this valentines.
Santa chocolate strawberry recipe
How cute! chocolate santa strawberries.
These little chocolate covered strawberries santas will add a little christmas magic to your table or as a gift.
They are different and everyone will be impressed when you tell them you made them yourself!
Snowman chocolate strawberry recipe
Just one way to use your chocolate snowman strawberries.
Top a chocolate cake with the chocolate glaze.
Pipe a rosette of chocolate buttercream, place a chocolate snowmen on top then dust with a layer of icing sugar snow.
All the recipes can be found here at inspired by chocolate and cakes!
Rudolph chocolate strawberry recipe
Rudolph the red nose reindeer .
Another way to add chocolate dipped strawberries to your Christmas this year.
The children will love them!
Cute chocolate covered strawberries
So let me introduce to you my chocolate mice and chocolate bunny strawberries.
I had such a wonderful response to my santa, rudolph and snowman strawberries that I just had to come up with some new cute characters.
For the recipe click here.
Christmas chocolate covered strawberries
Ho! Ho! Ho! Red, White and Green
Yes its more ideas for Chocolate Christmas Strawberries!
Different ideas using christmas colours and christmas sprinkles to add a little christmas cheer.
Chocolate strawberry cake
Show off your chocolate strawberries by using them to decorate the top of a cake.
You will find the recipes and directions for this rich moist chocolate cake here.
More easy chocolate recipes for your special occasions
From all the feedback I have had it seems most of you end up on this chocolate covered strawberries page because you are looking for wedding ideas. So I thought I would share this idea with you.
These are a couple of ideas from my chocolate peppermint slice page. I have taken this wonderful old favourite and given it a mini make-over. It never fails to impress and is very versatile in how it can be decorated.
They are made in mini muffin silicon moulds which make them very easy to pop out. You can apply the same ideas to my chocolate caramel slice recipe - I dont know anyone who does not like chocolate caramel slice!
To find out how to make these tiny treats click here.
Thank you for discovering all about chocolate covered strawberries with me. Just imagine how impressed everyone will be when you say,
”I Made Them Myself!”