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Perfect for Valentine's Day: My Chocolate Strawberry Story
I have three daughters that are now four, six, and nine. Two of them love sweets, and the third likes the idea of them, but she doesn't eat that much. I wanted to make something homemade for Valentine's Day but still in the spirit. So, I dropped by Whole Foods on my way home from work and picked up some fresh strawberries and a piece of their baking milk chocolate. My girls prefer milk chocolate, but adults may prefer dark. I've never made them before, but it was so easy and they were sooooo happy in the morning. It was well worth the little effort.
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Serves four people one to two strawberries
- 1 Basket Fresh Strawberries, Strawberries come fresh in small baskets at the grocery store
- 1/2 pound Milk Chocolate, Substitute dark chocolate if you prefer
- Prepare the strawberries for dipping by washing them under cool water and letting them dry. Make sure that the strawberries are completely dry before dipping in the chocolate. Even small amounts of water can ruin the consistency of melted chocolate.
- Place a piece of wax paper down on a tray or cookie sheet to place the strawberries once they are dipped in chocolate.
- Using a double boiler for melting the chocolate, bring the water to a gentle boil without the top pan. Turn off the heat and place the double boiler on top. Make sure the water level is below the bottom of the top pot. The steam will be plenty hot enough to melt the chocolate.
- Cut the chocolate into equal-sized chunks and place the chocolate in the top of the double boiler. As the edges of the chocolate begin to melt, stir continuously. Continue to stir while the strawberries are dipped. This is very important. If the texture becomes gritty, the chocolate may have lost its temper. This is usually caused by getting the chocolate too hot. It's better to slowly melt the chocolate. Also, chocolate can burn in a double boiler. The key is to keep stirring with the steam keeping the pot warm and working quickly.
- While stirring the chocolate, hold the stem of the strawberry and dip it into the melted chocolate.
- Place the dipped strawberry on the wax paper. Once all the strawberries have been dipped, place in the refrigerator to cool for 20 minutes. If the strawberries are going to be stored overnight, place them in a plastic-covered container in the fruit compartment of the refrigerator.