Question: What is better than a big, juicy, red strawberry?
Answer: A big, juicy, red strawberry covered in luscious chocolate, that's what.
This Valentine's Day, create your own fun and romantic dessert of sinful indulgence with these easy instructions from wikihow.com.
It's simple, affordable and delicious. Your sweetie will love you EXTRA for it, I promise!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
Double Boiler or Saucepans
STEP 1 - Melt the chocolate
You can use any kind of chocolate chips; just whatever you think will work best with the strawberries. Use a double boiler to make sure you don't burn the chocolate. If you don't have a double boiler, you can make one by filling a medium saucepan 3/4 full with water. Then rest a smaller saucepan or a heat-proof bowl inside of it and fill it with your chocolate chips. Turn the stove on low heat. Stir occasionally.
STEP 2 - Rinse and dry berries
You don't have to be extremely delicate with them, since the chocolate will cover most of the strawberry, but make sure to check for bruises and dark spots. Make sure to leave the stems and leaves, as they make the berries easier to grip and look nicer than if you cut them off. After rinsing each one, dry them well; the chocolate won't stick if they're wet.
STEP 3 - Prepare cookie sheet
Line a cooking sheet with wax paper. Parchment paper works just as well; whichever you have in the kitchen is fine. Make sure the cooking sheet is large enough to place all the strawberries on the sheet, as well as giving each a few inches of room for after dipping.
STEP 4 - Check chocolate
When all but a few pieces have melted, turn off the stove; you don't want to burn the chocolate, or have it boil over. Stir the last few pieces a bit to melt them. Your chocolate will be smooth and creamy.
STEP 5 - Dip
Take a strawberry, and dip it completely into the chocolate. Twirl it around to get it completely coated. Put it on the cookie sheet to cool. Repeat until all strawberries are covered.
STEP 6 - Store
Store in your refrigerator until the chocolate has completely hardened.
For a fancy touch, melt white chocolate the same way as your other chocolate. Put in a zip top sandwich bag and close. Cut off a tiny bit of one corner of the bag, and drizzle a messy zigzag across each berry. Let cool.
Experiment! Use different colors of chocolate on the same berry, half and half, or try "tuxedo" strawberries. Tuxedo strawberries are made by dipping the entire strawberry in white chocolate, then, after that has hardened, dipping the sides of the strawberry at an angle into dark chocolate, to create the "sides" of the tuxedo. Using a plastic bag with a very minute hole cut in the corner, add three dots, or "buttons" down in a straight line in the white chocolate.