Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Summer is officially winding down here in the Chicago area. We are already starting to see early signs of fall as the temperature and humidity drops, as well as a handful of trees showing vibrant shades of red leaves on their upper branches. Plus, there is football. I really don’t have much interest in watching the sport but my husband Rob does! He may even have different games on multiple TVs at our house…
So, you may be wondering why I am featuring chocolate covered strawberries as we are entering the fall season? The only reason is because I just love them, especially because they are 1. Beautiful, 2. Delicious, and 3. Easy to Make (at least if you follow my directions below)! They are ideal for parties and are lighter than typical football party treats. If you’re feeling really creative, you could pipe the strawberries to look like footballs!
The recipe for these strawberries could be considered more of a guideline than a recipe. Due to the variability in the size of strawberries, you may need more or less chocolate. It is truthfully based more on preference, depending on how much or how little chocolate you desire.
Here is my guide for perfect chocolate covered strawberries, every time! See detailed notes below.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
You will need:
1 lb fresh strawberries
Approximately 1 12oz package semi-sweet chocolate chips
¼ cup white chocolate baking chips
Parchment or waxed paper
Zipper sandwich bag or piping bag
When selecting strawberries, I recommend choosing small to medium sized berries with vibrant green stems. Check the entire container to avoid mushy or blemished berries.
To begin, prepare all of your materials and ingredients. First, line a lined sheet tray with parchment paper or waxed paper and set aside. If you do not do this, your strawberries will stick. Next, rinse your strawberries and lay to dry on paper towels. Pat dry as necessary to ensure your strawberries are completely dry. This is critical.
Once the strawberries are dry, melt your semi-sweet chocolate. If you prefer using a double boiler, feel free to do so. Personally, I have found the microwave to be much easier. Melt the chocolate chips in microwavable bowl or glass measuring cup, stirring after 20-30 second intervals. DO NOT OVERHEAT or you will have a dry, crumby mess.
To dip the strawberries, place the chocolate in a narrow, but tall container. I have found a 1 cup measuring cup to be effective. This allows you do completely dip the strawberry to achieve smooth sides. Carefully place the chocolate covered strawberry on your lined sheet tray. When all strawberries are dipped, transfer to the refrigerator to allow the chocolate to harden for about 30 minutes.
Once set, melt the white chocolate chips and place into the piping bag or the corner of a zipper sandwich bag. To make this easier, place the top of the bag around the edge of a cup and pour the chocolate in. Snip a small corner off with kitchen shears. Pipe desired drizzle over the strawberries and refrigerate until ready to serve.
You may also reverse the ingredients to make white chocolate covered strawberries with chocolate drizzle. Using the same colored drizzle is also a striking look!