Saturday, February 12, 2011

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries!

I love chocolate dipped strawberries!  They are super easy to do and they make an elegant Valentine's Day gift, that is impressive while being inexpensive at the same time.  What's not to like?  Make these for your sweetie on Valentine's Day (or just for yourself), and you will be loved!  :-)

Ingredients:
There are only 2 ingredients neccessary:  chocolate chips and strawberries. 
Directions:
Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler.  Dip the strawberries, then dry on wax paper.  Put them in the fridge for 30 minutes so to harden. 
Important:  make sure the strawberries are completely dry.  I usually wash them the night before so they can dry overnight.  I learned the hard way that if there is any water on the berries at all, it will turn your melted chocolate in to a gloppy mess and you will have ugly, bumpy strawberries. 

Get fancy!
Now, you can get eleborate by using a variety of chocolate chips (I used white and semi-sweet), then dip them into extra goodies (like chopped nuts or cookies) as well.  Here what I did:

White Chocolate Chip Variations:
  •        Plain white chocolate
  •        Dried coconut flakes
  •        Chopped oreos for cookies and cream!  (I used gluten-free oreo-type cookies.  Paul  Newman makes a good one.) 
Dark Chocolate Chip Variations:
  •      Plan Dark Chocolate
  •      Chopped nuts
  •      Chopped candied ginger
Mixed:
  • Two-toned
  • Marbelized
I bet you can come up with some even better combinations!  What would you dip your strawberry into?

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