With only two ingredients, this is an easy last minute dessert no one can resist. All you need is strawberries, chocolate, and 15 minutes of your time.
Are you feeling the loveee? Have you already decided what to make for your special someone? Not yet? Don’t worry, I can help you with that.
You know how your mom always tells you not to leave things for the last minute? Well, this time you can. This is not to suggest that moms are sometimes wrong. Because they never are, right? (love you mom!) With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I’ve whipped up a last minute dessert for you, which no one will say no to. Unless, of course, they don’t like strawberries. I will assume that everyone likes chocolate, ok? Ok.
Who doesn’t love little sweet snacks? These babies make the perfect light dessert after a heavy meal and are completely guilt-free. It’s fruit, so… no calorie counting on this one. They don’t count because they’re healthy, right? But in all seriousness, it’s a strawberry, and chocolate – you can’t go wrong here. Use the prettiest strawberries you can find, and preferably high-quality chocolate. All you need to do is melt the chocolate in the microwave (carefully – so it won’t burn), pour it into a short glass for easy dipping, and dip the strawberry. You can do the dipping using your hands, or by inserting a skewer into the stem (the green part) of the strawberry for easier dipping. Once you have finished dipping the strawberries, tap a bit to remove any excess chocolate. You can now dip the chocolate covered strawberry in sprinkles/nuts/coconut etc. or leave plain. Transfer them to a piece of parchment paper or silicon baking mat and refrigerate for 10 minutes. The chocolate covered strawberries should be kept refrigerated. Don’t leave the strawberries at room temperature for a long time after being refrigerated, because they will start to sweat. Although, that’s not usually an issue, because they most likely will be gone in no time.
So why keep them in the fridge and not in room temperature? Good question! When you melt chocolate, it goes out of temper – a process in which the crystals of the cocoa butter lose their shape. When the chocolate hardens, the crystals won’t resume their previous shape. This will result in a chocolate that may look dull and have white streaks and spots on it. It’s perfectly fine to eat it, but just unappealing. To avoid this – we need to temper the chocolate – a process not everyone is familiar with, and that we won’t discuss at the moment. We make life easier here, at Pretty. Simple. Sweet. Remember? 🙂 The good news is that we can avoid tempering the chocolate by simply refrigerating the dipped strawberries. The coolness of the refrigerator will stratify the cocoa fat and the chocolate will look fine. Another option is to dip the chocolate covered strawberries in sprinkles, nuts or any other topping so it will cover the chocolate entirely, and then store them at room temperature.
Another important thing you should know, is that candy melts don’t have to be tempered since they are made mostly of hydrogenated fat, and therefore act differently than “real chocolate”. If you choose to use candy melts, you can leave the dipped strawberries at room temperature. By using candy melts, the flavor won’t be as good as genuine chocolate. I think we’ve had enough chemistry for today. Now go make chocolate covered strawberries 🙂
- 15 medium size strawberries
- 100 grams (3.5 ounces) dark chocolate (milk or white chocolate are fine too!)
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
- Gently melt chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave (or over a double boiler). Microwave for 20 seconds, take out ant stir. Repeat until melted. You can pour the chocolate into a short glass for easy dipping. Dip strawberries (you can insert a skewer into the stem or what we think of as the green part and then dip) in chocolate and then tap gently to remove any excess. Transfer to parchment paper.
- Sprinkle strawberries with sprinkles, nuts, coconut flakes or leave plain.
- When done, refrigerate for 10 minutes until chocolate hardens.
- Store chocolate covered strawberries covered in the fridge.
- Best when served the same day they’re made.
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