I love chocolate covered strawberries. They are so pretty, so easy to make, and that classic combination of strawberry and chocolate is hard to beat. Have you priced these things? It’s ridiculous!
When you buy them you are paying probably four times what the actual cost to make them is. You know what that means, right? Yep, you have to learn to make your own!
Chocolate covered strawberries are one of the most elegant and yet simplest desserts that you can make. They do take some time to prepare but almost anyone with a little patience can make perfect chocolate, white chocolate, and tuxedo dipped strawberries for any occasion. They are a popular item for weddings, baby showers, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, and other special events. They could not be more versatile; you can use any type of chocolate that you like. Simply melt the chocolate, dip the berry, and allow to set.
The problem is that it is a tedious job and time consuming. If you can get past that you are on your way to making the best chocolate covered strawberries, ever.
Tips for Making Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Although the process is not difficult there are a few things that you should know to help you to achieve the professional results you are looking for.
- Make sure the berries are completely dry. Any water at all, even a drop, left on a berry could cause te chocolate to seize up and be ruined.
- Melting the chocolate with a Electric Melting Pot like this one from Amazon (affiliate link) makes achieving the right temperature much easier.
- Use a toothpick to dip the berries into the chocolate and then push the pick into styrofoam with the strawberry up in the air. This will keep the chocolate even around the berry rather than giving you one side that is flat.
- Before the berries dry completely roll them in sprinkles.
- You can use any type of chocolate you like, however you should be aware that the higher quality the chocolate the better it will taste and respond in this recipe.
- Try a combination of bittersweet, dark, and milk chocolates for the best and most intense flavor.
- The berries should be completely ripe without being mushy. Your finished berries will only be as good as the ingredients you start with.
- Be sure that the chocolate is chopped well for melting.
- Once the berries are dipped and set you can go back and drizzle them with white chocolate or other chocolates, for a beautiful effect.
How to Make Tuxedo Strawberries
Tuxedo strawberries look fantastic on the grooms table at a wedding. These are only a little more complicated than the plain dipped berries but are hundreds of times more awe inspiring. Give yourself a bit more time as the chocolate will need to harden after each layer.
- Dip the strawberry in the white chocolate first.
- Allow the chocolate to set.
- Dip the back half of the berry in dark chocolate and allow it to set. This creates the “tuxedo” effect.
- Once this sets you will use the dark chocolate to make buttons and a bow tie.
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