Looking for something special to make on Valentine's Day? How about chocolate-dipped strawberries? When I was younger, my dad would make them for me, and I served them as dessert at my 13th birthday dinner party. Since then, I've made chocolate-dipped strawberries countless times. Because they are coated in chocolate, it doesn't really matter if it's strawberry season, and they can be enjoyed all year long! Chocolate-dipped strawberries are incredibly easy to put together, so learn the technique now.
Start with a basket of bright red strawberries. Select berries that aren't overly ripe. Berries with plenty of stem are ideal.
Use semisweet chocolate. Bittersweet and unsweetened chocolate aren't sweet enough, and milk chocolate is too sweet. I had Baker's squares at home, so that's what I used.
Chop the chocolate into chunks and place in a heatproof bowl. Do not use a glass bowl. I learned the hard way when a glass bowl accidentally exploded in my kitchen!
Prepare a double boiler. Fill a saucepan with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Set the heatproof bowl with the chopped chocolate on top of the saucepan. Be sure the bowl does not directly touch the water.
While the chocolate melts, wash the strawberries and pat dry with a paper towel.
Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
When the chocolate is melted, you must work quickly. Grab a strawberry by the stem and dip into the melted chocolate. Twist and twirl to coat the entire strawberry.
Set the chocolate-coated strawberry on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining strawberries.
Get creative! Drizzle the chocolate-dipped strawberries with white chocolate or dip in white chocolate and drizzle with dark chocolate. Place the chocolate-dipped strawberries in the freezer for a couple of minutes to set.
When the chocolate is hard, enjoy with loved ones! Do you like chocolate dipped strawberries? Have you ever made them?