Valentine’s Day is coming and it’ll be here before you know it. Chocolate covered strawberries are something that I have to make every February. It’s one of those things that just feels right, you know? I mean, aside from them being a very traditional Valentine’s Day treat, they’re also a seasonal treat, Valentine’s Day or not.
So today I’m going to show you how easy it is to make these yourself at home.
First of all, you need some strawberries. Try to find the reddest ones you can. For me, unfortunately I’m a little early buying strawberries, so mine don’t look super awesome. They have a little white at the tops and their leafy tops are a bit on the dried out side. So nevermind that. They still taste super yummy.
Second, you’ll need some good quality dipping chocolate. We have so many different and delicious varieties for you to choose from. Okay, so maybe our selection is a bit overwhelming and you don’t know which one to choose. Just be aware that chocolate is totally a matter of preference. So you may love one type and another person may be totally all over another type. But, that aside, I’ll make a few recommendations for you.
If you’re looking for a milk chocolate, our best selling and staff favorite is Blommer’s Spring Milk. It’s super creamy with a delicate flavor. My personal favorite, however is Peter’s Venitian Milk Chocolate. I love this one because it’s still super creamy, but it has a slightly more robust chocolate flavor. If it’s a dark chocolate you’re looking for, let me recommend Blommer’s Lafayette Dark Chocolate. Now, to clarify something about dark chocolate. If it’s not milk or white, it’s considered dark. So, semi-sweet and bittersweet fall into the dark category. Our Lafayette chocolate is actually a semi-sweet and let me tell you, it’s absolutely delicious. It’s our best selling dark chocolate. I always tell people that its flavor reminds me of the cookie part of an Oreo. So there you have it.
Now for some how-to:
- Prep your strawberries by washing them and allowing them to dry completely.
- Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Melt and temper your chocolate. Tempering chocolate really isn’t hard and I’ve laid it all out here in this blog post. Go check that out. Take the time to properly temper your chocolate and it will reward you with a nice shiny surface and a perfect snap when you bite into it.
- To dip the strawberries, pull all the leafy greens carefully into your fingers, then submerge the strawberry into the chocolate. Gently swirl the strawberry around the pool of chocolate, making sure all sides are evenly coated. Allow any excess chocolate to drip off.
- Place on parchment paper and allow to completely set.
- If you’d like to add a little decoration, you can melt some white chocolate and drizzle that over each strawberry. This can be done before the chocolate is set or after. It really doesn’t matter.
And there you have it. Perfectly dipped chocolate strawberries for your Valentine’s Day. Place them on a pretty platter and share with your special people. Or hide them and eat them all yourself. Whichever you’d prefer. Haha!