This Valentines Day I’ve made my sweetie a gift that is not only luscious and healthy but inexpensive as well. Chocolate-covered strawberries decorated with white chocolate. If it’s a Valentines Day on a budget, then this is especially for you.
I started with firm fresh red strawberries. It seemed like every supermarket had strawberrries on sale this week. I’m sure it had something to do with Valentines Day being this Saturday, February 14th. It was only $3 for a pound of fresh strawberries.
I washed the strawberries well and made sure they were completely dried. You want to make sure to keep the green tops attached.
When I cleaned out my cupboards this week, I found a small crock pot used usually for dips and thought this would be great to melt the chocolate instead of the double boiler method I used previously with my chocolate Sparkle cookies recipe. It worked really well and may have taken a little longer than melting over water but I didn’t have to worry about water boiling too much or boiling away.
Line a pan with wax paper. Once the chocolate is melted, dip the strawberries in the chocolate coating the strawberry all over leaving about a quarter inch of the red strawberry showing.
You can use a small fork to skewer the top and then dunk into the chocolate. I started off with this method but then found it easier to manipulate the strawberry into the chocolate with my fingers holding onto the green stem. Be sure not to lose the strawberry in the melted chocolate.
Carefully place the chocolate-covered strawberries one by one onto the wax paper leaving about two inches around them. This will make it easier to add other decoration later. Once you have filled up the pan, put them into the fridge to harden the chocolate.
In the meantime, you can melt the white chocolate that you will use to embellish the strawberries. I bought a 50 gram bar of white chocolate at my local Purdys chocolate shop and it was more than enough. I had leftovers. I broke it into pieces and melted it for one minute in the microwave.
Take the chocolate-covered strawberries out of the fridge after about 10 minutes . The chocolate on the strawberries should be hardened.
With a small fork or a utensil with small tines, dip it into the white chocolate and then quickly toss the white chocolate back and forth over the darker chocolate. It takes a little while to get the hang of it. I found if you were not quick enough, it resulted in thicker strands of white chocolate. The thinner the ribbons of white chocolate, the nicer it looks I think. Put them in the fridge for another 10 minutes to harden the white chocolate and you’re done.
It’s a healthy gift as there really is only a thin coating of chocolate covering a juicy plump strawberry. Perfect to give those who are also watching their weight but love chocolate. Make them with dark chocolate for even more health benefits.
Including the strawberries, white chocolate and Callebaut dark chocolate, it cost me under $10 to create these. It made about 18 chocolate-covered strawberry treats.
Update: I’m delighted to tell you that my chocolate covered strawberry recipe is one of the more than 50 strawberry recipes that have been included on the California Strawberry Commission’s new free iPhone app. Check out my post on the great news.
Here’s the full recipe:
1 pound or about 18 fresh strawberries
200 grams of milk or dark premium chocolate
(dark chocolate provides more contrast with the white chocolate)
40 grams of white chocolate
Wash the fresh strawberries thoroughly leaving the green tops on. Dry the strawberries so no water is left on them.
Melt the milk or dark chocolate. You can use a double boiler or mini crock pot. Skewer the strawberry tops with a small fork and dip into the melted chocolate. Cover the whole strawberry except for a 1/4″ of red around the top. Place on a waxed paper lined pan and repeat with the other strawberries. Put the pan of chocolate covered strawberries for 10 minutes to harden the chocolate.
In the meantime, break up the white chocolate into pieces and melt them in the microwave for about one minute. Remove the hardened strawberries from the fridge.
Using a utensil with small tines, dip it into the white chocolate. Quickly spread the chocolate back and forth creating ribbons of white chocolate and covering only the darker chocolate on the strawberries. Place in fridge again for 10 minutes to harden the white chocolate and they are ready to enjoy.