A happy father’s day to all the hardworking dads out there today on their special day! Usually when we think father’s day gifts, the typical go-to’s are ties, maybe a new shirt, or cologne, but why not bend the stereotypes with something sweet? Why not good old fashioned chocolate covered strawberries? Usually we only see these desserts come out on mothers day or valentines day, but I think fathers deserve an equally sweet treat.
What really baffled me about this dessert, is that you would think it’s simple and easy to make on your first try. But was I wrong. It’s hard to imagine who could screw up chocolate covered strawberries, but apparently I can. That’s why in this post, I’ll be providing hassle-free techniques to leave you with store bought quality chocolate strawberries for half the price. And you dont have to wait till valentines day to indulge on them!
- Baking white chocolate
- Red food coloring
- Sprinkles to decorate
- Vegetable shortning
- A medium bowl
- A spoon to mix
- A stryofoam board
- Muffin cups
- Wash your strawberries. I personally washed my strawberries in salt water as its best for eliminating any germs and also enhances the taste of the strawberries. Now the most IMPORTANT STEP: MAKE SURE TO LET THE STRAWBERRIES COMPLETELY DRY. This is crucial if the chocolate is to adhere to the strawberries. Nothing appealing about runny covered strawberries. During this same step, skewer each strawberry using a toothpick. This will make it easier later on when you’re dipping the strawberries into the melted chocolate.
2. After the strawberries are well dried and moisture free, its chocolate time. Using baking chocolate, break the bar up into small pieces and microwave for about 20 seconds. Its crucial that if the chocolate is not melted by this point, microwave another 20 seconds, BUT remove from heat and stir every 10 second interval so that you don’t burn the chocolate and it turns grainy. It took me about 4 intervals total to melt to a smooth consistency as shown below. If your chocolate does burn, the trick is to add a *little bit, 1 drop or 2 of vegetable shortning. This will loosen up the consistency.
3. Once the chocolate is melted, its time to add your food coloring. Now in order to get the ombré effect, the key is to increase the amount of drops as you go along coating your strawberries. I started off with 4 drops of red food coloring to get a light pink color, then added 3 drops consecutively for a medium and dark shade of pink respectively, ending up with 3 different shades of pink. Take each strawberry and coat the surface with the melted chocolate. Before the chocolate dries, sprinkle your decorative toppings onto the strawberries. You can use nuts, almonds, coconut flakes, or even cover with drizzled chocolate, but I decided to stick with good old sprinkles.
4. Upon completion, stick each toothpick onto the styrofoam board to dry. This will prevent any chocolate from dripping off from the strawberries. Let the strawberries air dry about 15 minutes before transferring them to a refrigerator to completely cool. I personally transferred my strawberries into individual muffin cups before transferring to the fridge making them easier to store. The chocolate should be completely hardened in about 1-2 hours and ready to serve!
*If not serving immediately, store your strawberries in an air-tight container for increased freshness.
And there you have it! One sweet treat sure to put a smile on the special father in your life. Or even if not father’s day, there’s a guarenteed smile after one bite of these delectable treats. This dessert is approved by yours truly- S.