Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Everyone’s favorite, and much easier than you would think. Don’t be intimidated – even kids can dip berries!
1 Pint large, fresh strawberries *
1 Pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. Rinse strawberries in a colander and place on a single layer on paper towels to air dry thoroughly. Chocolate will not stick to wet strawberries. Choose premium strawberries that are large, free of bruises, and firm and have leaves still in tact. Line a cookie sheet with tin foil, waxed paper, or parchment paper.
2. Using ½ cup of chocolate chips at a time, place them in a glass bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and quickly mix the chips thoroughly. Replace in microwave and repeat. The chips on the second try will all melt as you stir vigorously. This process has to be done quickly. You may also use a double boiler, see instructions below.
3. Gather melted chocolate in a deep tablespoon. Grab one strawberry by the leaves or stem, lay it down on its side into the chocolate and then turn and swirl until it is completely coated with chocolate. Work fast as the chocolate will begin to cool quickly and it will begin to thicken and become harder to dip.
4. Lay strawberries on one side on the cookie sheet, leaving plenty of room between strawberries. Dry at room temperature until the chocolate hardens, about 20 minutes.
5. Refrigerating the strawberries may make the chocolate a smoky, dull color. Better to make just enough to consume in one or two days as the hot chocolate will deteriorate the fruit quickly. Refrigerate only if you have made more than you need for one day.
Bites of Insight: Instead of a microwave, and if you don’t have a double broiler, use a small pot placed in a larger pot that has 2 inches of water on the bottom. Bring the water to a boil and place chips in smaller pot. As the small pot heats, the chips will dissolve. Begin to stir as soon as you see the chips melting. This is preferred over microwave as the chocolate stays soft for a longer period of time giving you more time to dip the strawberries.
Tuxedo Strawberries: This is a two step process. Follow directions above but use white chocolate. Let berries cool completely. Repeat process with dark chocolate dipping only on two sides just enough to create the “lapel” effect of the tuxedo. A “V” shape of white chocolate should be exposed. Using a pastry bag with a fine point, dot chocolate buttons on the white “shirt.” You can purchase tubes of icing in black or brown colors for this step. Let them dry thoroughly and enjoy this elite dessert.