Chocolate covered strawberries has to be hands down the most popular dessert to have on Valentines Day. They are perfect because they are light, decadent and super easy to make! Even if you are going out to dinner this Valentines Day, wouldn’t it be nice to come home to a couple beautiful chocolate dipped strawberries? Ok, here is the “how to” for those of you who have never done them:
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
What you’ll need:
12 strawberries (I found the ones with the long stems at Trader Joe’s, but regular strawberries will do)
about 8 oz. dark chocolate
a pad of Earth Balance (or coconut oil)
about 2 oz. white chocolate (if you want to drizzle)
What you’ll do:
Wash your strawberries well, and let dry fully. Wet strawberries and chocolate do not play well together! Put some wax paper or parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Make a double boiler with a heat proof bowl and a pot with 1 inch of water or use a double boiler. Turn the heat on and when simmering, reduce the heat to low. Place the chocolate and the pad of butter in the bowl and melt.
When you have finished all of them, place the white chocolate in a small bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds stopping to stir halfway. When it’s melted, use a fork to drizzle over the strawberries.
You can serve them immediately or stick them in the fridge until your sweetheart comes home.
** A chocolate note: I really enjoy using high quality chocolates like valrhona. Just stay away from using chocolate chips, I find they have a high wax content that doesn’t make for the tastiest strawberries. So try to use the discs or bars.
These pair spectacularly well with the moscato I told you about earlier.