The “oohs” and “ahhs” your kids will hear when they present their handmade chocolate-dipped strawberries will make their hearts sing.
You’ll be surprised how easy it is to make delicious, showy, chocolate-dipped strawberries. Supervise the children when you melt the chocolate, since both the mixture and the bowl will be hot. Use the best chocolate available; we like Nestlé brand semisweet chocolate chips. Pick ripe, dark-red strawberries with nice green leaves for the best look and taste. Be sure to wash the strawberries and thoroughly dry before dipping.
Prep time: 10–15 minutes
Cook time: Approx. 3 minutes
What You Need:
1-2 lbs. red, ripe strawberries, washed and dried well
2 cups Nestlé brand semisweet chocolate chips (or your favorite chocolate chips)
1 Tablespoon vegetable shortening
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Parchment paper or waxed paper
½ cup white chocolate chips
Strawberry Pals: To make the faces, melt your favorite white chocolate chips and use a toothpick to add eyes, nose, mouth and whiskers.
1) Place chocolate chips and shortening in a heatproof medium bowl. Fill a medium saucepan with about 2 inches of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off heat and set the bowl over the saucepan to melt chocolate, stirring gently; the bowl should not touch the water. Stir in the vanilla extract.
2) Insert a toothpick into each strawberry, dip into melted chocolate mixture to coat all sides and then set on a cookie sheet lined with either parchment paper or waxed paper. Set aside until the chocolate sets, approximately 30 minutes.
3) Melt white chocolate and use a toothpick to add eyes, nose, mouth and whiskers to the strawberries.
Variation: For extra crunch, after dipping in chocolate, gently roll each strawberry in finely chopped nuts of your choice, or sprinkle with colored sugar. For a marbled look, melt some white chocolate and swirl it into the dark chocolate with a fork to create a design before dipping.
Tip: So you don’t damage the leaves, push a sturdy toothpick through the center of the strawberry top and hold the toothpick while dipping. You can take the toothpick out after the chocolate is set.
** Best when eaten the same day. Avoid refrigerating or the chocolate will sweat.**
By Hillary Black
Recipe by Donna Norris
Photography by Tonya Dailey