How To Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries At Home
With Valentine’s Day only a couple of days away I thought I would share a very simple and frugal recipe/tasty gift that would be perfect for this special love-filled day. Of course these can be made for any occasion and celebration. Now that I know how to make these I’m going to celebrate something once a week just so I can make them. I only first tasted, and fell in love with chocolate covered strawberries about a year ago. Since then I have been too cheap to buy them on my own. Last week was my first attempt at chocolate covered strawberries at home. Luckily for me (considering I’m hardly a gourmet chef) they were super easy to make and turned out delicious. I even have two picky boys and a not so picky husband that can attest to this. Follow the photos and the directions below to get the same tasty strawberries at home for a fraction of the cost. Total cost was around $5. Normally 12 chocolate covered strawberries cost in the $30-$40 range so these are incredible savings. A bonus: Since you made them you know exactly what’s in them.
What You Will Need To Get Started On Making Your Own Chocolate Covered Strawberries At Home:
12 medium or large ripe strawberries
teaspoon of sugar or one packet of Stevia ( it’s an alternative to sugar and natural)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips OR you can use the fruit-specific chocolate melting discs thus eliminating the use of the olive oil below
2 teaspoons of olive oil
Four Simple Steps To Delicious Chocolate Dipped Strawberries:
1. Wash and dry your strawberries. Make sure you use paper towels or napkins to fully eliminate all water from the strawberries. Sprinkle sugar onto strawberries. Tip! Even a little bit of extra water droplets can ruin the chocolate. Arrange strawberries with toothpicks to make dipping easy.
2. Mix 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips with two teaspoons of olive oil and put it in the microwave until fully melted and hot. This takes about 3-5 minutes depending on your microwave. To make sure the chocolate is melting consistently stop and stir about every minute until done. This will ensure success at melting chocolate in the microwave.
3. Start dipping your strawberries into the chocolate via the toothpick. We used these super cute owls that we picked up for $1 at the Dollar General Store. Shake off excess chocolate and then lay them on wax paper to cool.
4. After you have finished dipping all strawberries into the chocolate mixture add any remaining ingredients such as nuts or cookie crumbs then transfer them to the refrigerator so that the chocolate can harden. Leave the strawberries in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes total. Remove, eat, and enjoy!
TIP! If you have leftover chocolate and some other fruit lying around like apples and bananas dip them in chocolate too!