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Learning how to make chocolate covered strawberries is a culinary must for anyone. They can be healthy, delicious snack bites and desserts. You can also add unique decoration to serve them as appetizers at your next event. Regardless of where and how they are served, you can never run out of uses for these delectable sweet treats. You can even make it as a topping for vanilla chiffon cake.
Shopping for Ingredients
There is a bit more to learning how to make chocolate covered strawberries than melting chocolate and dipping fruit in it. Types of chocolate have different flavor profiles. Although most home cooks use ordinary milk chocolate from the grocer, you should try to experiment with as many brands as possible.
Dark chocolate is preferred by many for its rich, deep texture and flavor. It is also considered a healthier chocolate because of its antioxidant content. You can also opt for white chocolate or drizzle it for decoration. Your choice of chocolate depends on personal taste, but health-wise, dark chocolate is best.
- 12 oz. dark chocolate chopped
- 1 pound fresh strawberries
- Double boiler
- Prep strawberries by washing them gently with cold water. This is to remove any dirt particles and pesticides.
- Pour just over an inch of water into the bottom half of a double boiler. Place it over medium-high heat and wait until it simmers.
- Add the chocolate chunks or chips into the top part of the double boiler to melt. Stir the chocolate with a ladle while it melts to dissolve any lumps. Remove from heat once completely melted.
- Place the boiler bowl with melted chocolate beside a bowl with the fresh strawberries. Hold strawberries at the top or with their leaves and dunk them inside melted chocolate. Make sure they are coated well.
- Transfer the chocolate covered strawberries one at a time onto a baking sheet to dry. You can sit the strawberries in the fridge for the chocolate to set faster or for a few minutes in room temperature. When chocolate is set, you can serve or add decorations of your choice.
Shopping for the freshest strawberries is crucial to learning how to make chocolate covered strawberries. Try to find those with leaves still attached because they are easier to hold while dipping. It is also wise to look for strawberries that have matured but with firm skin. Young strawberries can be more bitter than sweet. Make sure the fruit is totally dry before dipping in chocolate.
A double boiler is ideal for melting any kind of chocolate. If you don’t have one, you can always make one by inserting a smaller pot or pan into a larger one. Just make sure that the water in the bottom part of the boiler does not touch the top part. Also, avoid turning the heat on too high. Chocolate is sensitive and burns easily when exposed to high temperatures.