Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
When you think of Valentine's day, chocolate covered strawberries immediately come to mind. Don't spend $35 and up on these easy-to-make treats! Make them yourself and surprise your significant other with a unique creation!
1 package of large strawberries
1 package of light cocoa Wilton candy melts
1 package of white Wilton candy melts
1 package of pink Wilton candy melts (or any other color you prefer)
3 small microwave-safe bowls
Decorating plastic squeeze bottle ($1.99 in craft stores)
Wash the strawberries and pat dry with a clean paper towel. Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper, to lay the chocolate covered strawberries. Make space in the refrigerator for the cookie sheet.
Begin by adding 1/2 cup of your base chocolate (whichever color you decide) to a microwave bowl. Heat the chocolate in 10- to 15-second intervals and then stirring well. Do this 3-4 times until the chocolate is smooth and fully melted. Do not over heat the chocolate. Chocolate burns easily. Gently grab a strawberry by the top leaves and dip the berry into the chocolate. You may use a spoon to help you coat the strawberry. Once coated, place on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Add the sprinkles at this time before the chocolate hardens. Get creative! The more personal you make your strawberries the better! Feel free to use your creativity! Not all of the strawberries need to look the same. Continue this process until all your berries are covered and place in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
To make the drizzle design, first melt a different color chocolate in a small bowl using the same process as above. Spoon the melted chocolate into the squeeze bottle. Once the base chocolate coat for the strawberry has hardened, gently squeeze at the melted chocolate unto the strawberry using a side to side motion. Don't worry about it being perfect, you want them to look homemade! Once you are done with all the strawberries with a drizzle pattern, place them in the refrigerator for another 5 to 10 minutes, until fully firm.
Place your beautiful treats in a Valentine's Day themed box, a pretty platter or a beautiful plate. Your'e gesture and work will impress you sweetheart!