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Dipping Chocolate Covered Strawberries is Easy and Fun
I've Dipped Hundreds of Strawberries in Chocolate
Chocolate Covered Strawberries are perfect for Valentines Day. Almost every woman I know loves chocolate and when you mix them with strawberries they are a perfect combination. Dipped strawberries are not just a female delicacy though, men also like dipped strawberries and will appreciate the extra effort and delicious dessert for a treat after a romantic dinner.
I can honestly say that when it comes to chocolate covered strawberries in my town I am pretty much the expert. I have made chocolate dipped strawberries my signature at all of my kids high school graduation parties and it's pretty much expected now. The process is actually pretty easy, time consuming, but not hard at all. The trickiest part of dipping a large quantity of strawberries is figuring how to store them for the party.
Chocolate is a universally loved food group for most women, we joke about it, laugh about it, but chocolate is pretty serious in the world of females. Everything can be cured with chocolate; PMS, a bad day, a bad mood, a friendship, and just the blahs. I tease friends that if I get cranky just throw chocolate at me and I'll be fine. They have, and still do.
So what happens when I coat my second favorite food, strawberries, with chocolate? I'm in heaven. Seriously, the way to a woman's heart is through her sweet tooth. Men, this is a big tip, if you want to make an impression on your special girl, wife, fiancee, or girlfriend present her with chocolate covered strawberries, a few flowers, a mushy (yes you heard me mushy) card and you will score points.
Chocolate and Red Ripe Strawberries Spells Romance - Skip the red roses, give red strawberries
Even If Your Kitchen Skills are Nill.. - ...you can still give your sweetheart Dipped Strawberries
If you think dipping strawberries is way out of your league or you just don't have the time you can order gourmet chocolate dipped strawberries and have them delivered to your door in 24 hours. That's right, what a way to impress your girlfriend or special love of your life than with juicy fresh strawberries and a sweetheart bear.
Guys, this is a sure fire way to a woman's heart and one she will not expect. Being a woman I don't know of any other female who doesn't like chocolate and when you dip a strawberry in chocolate it's a fun romantic night ahead of you.
First Gather Your Supplies - Supplies for Dipping Strawberries
Many people have asked me, what is a double boiler? I don't have one, so I how do I dip strawberries?
A double boiler is is a key essential for making candy and is simply a pot inside a pot. Many people have two different sized sauce pans and often they fit right inside each other and create a double boiler without them even knowing their function. The function of a double boiler is to boil water in the bottom pan which indirectly heats and warms the surface above.
A double boiler is handy for melting not only chocolate, but caramels and anything you don't want to get too hot.
About an inch of water is placed in the bottom pan, then the second pot, without the lid is placed on top. My pan set came with a metal bowl which fit inside one of the pots, this is also a double boiler method. You can use any metal or glass bowl if the bottom of the bowl fits snugly into the pan without touching the water.
This is a classic stainless steel double boiler three pan set.
The top pan fits perfectly inside the second pan without any gaps. A nice wedding gift for any bride as it is inexpensive, versatile and will be used every day separately for cooking supper.
If you have several existing pots and pans and don't want to add to your kitchen cabinet inventory you can purchase a universal double boiler insert.
It is basically a bowl with a handle that will snugly into most kitchen sauce pans.
These bamboo skewers are perfect for creating the chocolate dipped strawberry roses.
The long handle allows for perfect handling and arrangements in many different sized vases and cups. The sticks are thin enough to allow for cutting and trimming of the strawberry "stems"
I use waxed paper when dipping strawberries, but have recently bought a roll of parchment paper because this is safe to put in the oven and back cookies.
The strawberries just peel off this paper smoothly without sticking or peeling off the strawberry. Works well for fixing and drying chocolate covered cherries.
Steps for Dipping Strawberries - Dip one pound of strawberries in 30 minutes
You really can dip strawberries in as little as 30 minutes from start to finish
- Wash and pat dry firm ripe strawberries. Set aside to fully dry
- Melt chocolate (almond bark OR 1 cup of chocolate chips with 1 TSBP shortening OR melting chocolate) in double boiler.
- Dip dried strawberries in melted chocolate and place on waxed paper or parchment paper
- Allow to Dry, remove from waxed paper, serve and eat.
My Chocolate Dipping Experience - I love strawberries and chocolate, can't you tell?Click thumbnail to view full-size
Dipping Strawberries, Step by Step - How to Make Your Own Chocolate Covered Strawberries
There are many ways of actually dipping strawberries and melting your chocolate. Since I normally dip A LOT of strawberries at one time the microwave method does not work for me. I do like the idea of creating a chocolate strawberry bouquet and will have to try that this year.
So Tell Me...
Have You Made Chocolate Covered Strawberries Before?
How to Store Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
When you need to prepare strawberries ahead of the party
Chocolate dipped strawberries will remain in good condition for a couple of days when stored properly in a cool environment where they can "breathe. A good containers for storing chocolate covered strawberries are the original plastic grocery containers with holes. You should have plenty of room as some strawberries will be culled as non-dippable, and some will be eaten in the process.
1. Fold paper towel on the bottom of the container, in between the fold sprinkle baking soda
2. Carefully lay strawberries on paper towel, place another paper towel (which serves to absorb any strawberry juice)
3. If using large tray lay strawberries on single layer and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Allow strawberries to breathe as the natural gases from ripening fruit will spoil them faster if sealed too tight.
What NOT to Do:
1. Do not forget the paper towels at the bottom
2. Do not stack strawberries into a pretty pyramid and place in refrigerator, the juice will eventually drip down to the bottom layer and you will end up with mushy strawberries. Not a pretty sight, this happened to me after one late night of dipping.
Chocolate covered Strawberries Delivered to Your Door - Mail Order Chocolate Covered Strawberries
If you are not handy in the kitchen, or confident enough that you can dip strawberries on your own and not have them look like something the cat dragged in, there is still time to order Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Valentines Day.
Golden State Fruit has a very large assortment of themed chocolate covered strawberries for every occasion and they are shipped fresh to your door in time for any celebration. Each box contains a cold gel pack, or dry ice to keep them cool in shipping. Delivery is a fast 24 hours, so even if you are a last minute shopper you still have time.
Love Berry Chocolate strawberries are designed not only for Valentines Day, but for any romantic day of the year when you want to give your girlfriend or wife a special gift.
Women especially love chocolate covered strawberries as it combines our favorite fruit with luscious chocolate. These are dipped in pink and very feminine and romantic. You will score points with these.
Dark chocolate is a favorite of many men, so super sweet milk chocolate for them, bring on the manly chocolate.
Surprise your boyfriend or husband with dark chocolate strawberries and enjoy them together. I'm sure you can think of many creative ways.
Covered with chocolate sprinkles these are sophisticated and classy enough to serve at a wedding or other formal occasion.
Dipped strawberries are a perfect appetizer or dessert for any celebration. My tradition is to serve them at every graduation party. My kids love them and so do the guests. With the rush and pressure of getting the graduation food prepared it makes sense to order pre-dipped chocolate strawberries.
These are giant strawberries from California and are fresh, juicy and sweet.
Each box is packaged with a freezer gel pack to keep the strawberries cold in shipping.
Use A Chocolate Fountain As a Party Alternative - Your guest can dip their own strawberries
Chocolate fountains are ideal for parties, graduations and weddings. If you are feeling ambitious you can set up a small chocolate fountain just for two. Don't think just strawberries when it comes to chocolate fondue but other fruits and treats.
Keep a container of toothpicks so your guest can dip a variety of snacks, I guarantee the chocolate fountain will be the highlight of the party and a popular gathering location.
What foods can be dipped in chocolate?
Just about everything, because we all know everything is better when dipped in chocolate, even bacon.
Fruits for dipping: strawberries, mandarin oranges, pineapple, bananas, maraschino cherries, dried apricots, kiwi, grapes, papaya, melon, and many others
Cookies & Candy: marshmallows, peanut butter cookies, Peeps, gummy bears, Vienna cookies, animal crackers, chocolate chip cookies, Bugles, mint sticks, Rice Krispy treats
For large parties and functions such as weddings and graduations get a professional chocolate fountain and spend the extra money. you will be glad you did.
This Wilton fountain is not only big enough (16" tall) to hold four pounds of melted chocolate but it is easy to clean. TIP: for easy party clean up pour out any melted chocolate, then place the entire chocolate fountain into a plastic trash bag to clean at home.
For small home gatherings
Wilton is the leader in cake and candy making supplies and is the only chocolate I would buy for a chocolate fountain or serving chocolate in a fondue pot.
This chocolate is designed for low temperature melting and creating the even sheeting effect in the tiered chocolate fountains.
Arrange your chocolate covered strawberries or snacks for dipping in the fountain on this elegant three tired serving tray.
Place on either side of the chocolate fountain, or arrange the dipped strawberries by design on each one of the trays.
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