Who doesn’t love the romance of some chocolate-covered strawberries? Well, instead of ordering them from a fancy hotel, why not learn to make them yourself?
Table of Contents
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- How To Make A Double Boiler?
- Could You Use A Different Chocolate For This Recipe?
- Tips For Melting Chocolate Properly
- Could You Use This Method On Other Fruits?
- Pin This Recipe To Your Desserts Recipes Board and Remember to FOLLOW ME ON PINTEREST!
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Chocolate covered strawberries don’t have only to be that special thing you get your significant other on Valentine’s day; you could also make them entirely yourself as a romantic treat!
While the base concept is obviously pretty simple, there is a surprising amount of intricacy to making sure that your chocolate covered strawberries come out just right.
How To Make A Double Boiler?
By far, the best way to easily melt chocolate for dipping is to use a double boiler.
While you could certainly just melt in a microwave, a double boiler makes melting chocolate super easy, but how do you set one up?
Well, a double boiler is basically two saucepans nestled one over the other, with the larger saucepan on top.
Inside the smaller saucepan that is directly over the burner, you put a small amount of water.
As the water heats up, the steam warms the bottom of the saucepan placed directly above it, which melts the chocolate inside it gently and evenly.
Without using direct heat and without the risk of any scorching, a double boiler allows you to let chocolate melt slowly and evenly, making for a much better dippable texture for your strawberries.
You could also buy a complete double boiler instead, in which both parts are connected together, though these are usually sold as a “bain marie.”
Could You Use A Different Chocolate For This Recipe?
This recipe calls for using some semi-sweet baking chocolate with white baking chocolate drizzled overtop which will result in a mellow, gentle chocolaty taste.
However, there is nothing stopping you from playing around with the type of chocolate you dip your fruit in.
Why not try using all milk chocolate to create a more conventionally chocolate fruit? Or use a mix of dark and milk chocolate for a more intense, dark, and cocoa-forward treat?
As long as you melt your chocolate properly, you can honestly use whatever blend of different chocolates you want!
Tips For Melting Chocolate Properly
Melting chocolate, in general, can be a really tricky thing because chocolate has a horrible tendency to break apart and separate completely.
When this happens, the fat will separate from the cocoa solids, leaving behind a congealed, gross mess.
The trick to avoiding this is to make sure only to heat your chocolate super slowly and evenly.
Whether you use a double boiler or a microwave, you want to ensure that everything melts together evenly. You should encourage this by stirring it frequently, as well as ensuring that that the maximum temperature never gets so hot that the fat starts to seep out..
Could You Use This Method On Other Fruits?
While chocolate covered strawberries are obviously the most well known, there is nothing stopping you from serving up all kinds of fruit instead. After all, most things go with chocolate, so why not try a few other fruity options?
- Banana Slices
Banana and chocolate has always been a pairing that goes well together, so why not simply completely and totally cover slices of banana in some chocolate?
If you slice your banana into thick coins, they are perfect for dunking into your melted chocolate and getting complete coverage.
Cherries are another great fruit for dunking in chocolate because their flavor beautifully combines with the chocolate and turns into something entirely new, especially if you use a darker cherry for a more intense flavor.
Make sure to leave the stalks on when you dunk as well, as it allows you to have a handy gripping device on your now chocolate covered cherry, removing the need for toothpicks!
Figs aren’t the most well known or popular fruit out there, but they have a uniquely dark and rich flavor that makes them perfect for dipping into chocolate!
As long as you skin them first and then cut them into smaller pieces, you can very easily end up with a perfectly tender, sweet, yet almost spicy piece of chocolaty fruit.
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Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- Prep Time
- 15 minutes
- Karlynn Johnston
- 24 fresh strawberries with leaves
- 16 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate
- 1/4 teaspoon instant coffee (crushed to a fine powder)
- 1½ Tablespoons firm coconut oil (or shortening)
- 4 ounces white baking chocolate
- Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler, stirring occasionally until smooth. You can also microwave the chocolate and coconut oil in a large glass measuring cup in 30 second increments, stirring between. Once melted, stir in the coffee granules until well dissolved.
- Insert a toothpick into the stem end of each strawberry. Ensure each strawberry is perfectly dry. Hold a strawberry by the toothpick or by the leaves, and dip it into the chocolate mixture, covering about 2/3 of the strawberry.
- Place the strawberry on a sheet of waxed paper; allow chocolate coating to cool. Repeat with remaining strawberries.
- Melt the white chocolate in the microwave in a glass measuring cup in 30 second increments until smooth and melted. Drizzle over the hardened chocolate coating. Let harden.
- Store in a closed container in the fridge for up to 2 days, but eating the day of is the best. The berries can weep liquid if kept too long.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.