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!

Ingredients:
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)
Assorted sprinkles

Kitchen Essentials:
Microwave
Refrigerator
3 small microwave-safe bowls
3 spoons
Parchment paper
Cookie sheet
Decorating plastic squeeze bottle ($1.99 in craft stores)

Prep:
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.

Directions:
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!

25 comments:

  1. Wow, these are some colorful treats!

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  2. So cute and such a great treat for Valentine's Day coming up! :-)

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  3. Victor- LOL i hope thats in a good way. =)

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  4. Perfect, pretty and practical! Thank you for the directives on the marvelous berries.

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  5. Wonderful, beautiful Valentine's treat!

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  6. Oh, boy, would we love a plate of your beautiful berries here! Perfect for Valentine's Day!

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  7. OMG..How cute are those???
    Lovely, and great presentation and decoration!

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  8. Aren't they cute Sandra.. We thought they came out great!! And for only a couple bucks..

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  9. Wonderful! Why do we tend to spend so much money on things like this that are so simple to make yet so elegant? Looks fantastic~

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  10. When I read chocolate covered strawberries, I thought: Yeh, right. Seen it before. I was so wrong. These are just beautiful and love your creativity on their presentation. Beauties!

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  11. Chocolate covered strawberries are my favorite Valentine's Day treat and I can guarantee you won't see my or my guy spending those hefty prices for them. I love the designs and decorations you've used. So cute. Love it.

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  12. Are the candy melts chocolate or something else? I'm not familiar with them.

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  13. They're absolutely gorgeous! Quick and easy to make but look so elegant!

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  14. The chocolate Priestess- Yes candy melts are chocolates. They are specially made to make candies. We find it allot easier to work with for the strawberries.. You can find them in Kraft stores, or candy supply stores and are about $1.99 to $2.99 a bag.

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  15. These are the cutest chocolate covered strawberries EVER!

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  16. Your chocolate covered strawberries are absolutely gorgeous - yum, I feel like a pink one right now with a lovely cup of coffee.

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  17. how cute are these! perfect for valentines!!

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  18. so pretty! I attempted choc dipped marshmellows but it wasn't picture worthy since my 4 and 5 y.o. boys were in charge! Well, pic quality for my fam blog anyways. ;)
    btw, I made your picadillo the other day and it was a big hit. posted it on my blog and linked back to you. thx!

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  20. yummmm, they look so lovely and delicious, in fact when I look at them I feel like I'm tasting them while closing my eyes, smiling, and living a dream, mmm :)

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  21. You don't need a squeeze bottle! A ziplock sandwich works just as great-- just put it all in and snip off one of the corners!:)

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