Crafty Afternoons – Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Have you ever bitten into a chocolate strawberry only to have the delicious coating crumble in your hands? Do you wish there was another way? If so, then this post is for you! Whether you’re making these for significant other or yourself, this is a simple and easy treat to celebrate Valentines Day. Every time I share this trick I discovered years ago, I feel like I’m in an infomercial. This is part public service announcement!

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To make these chocolate covered strawberries, you will need:

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Chocolate (I like Trader Joe’s imported Belgian dark or 72% cacao dark chocolate)
  • 1 Tbsp Crisco per 4 oz chocolate

Seriously, the Crisco makes all the difference! It keeps the chocolate glossy, but just soft enough to bite into without falling apart!

  • Melt the chocolate. Be sure to use chocolate bars; chocolate chips are formulated to retain their shape so they won’t melt as well. I prefer to use a double boiler, but you can melt it in the microwave in a deep (not wide) bowl at half power in 10-20 second intervals, stirring in between each interval, to avoid burning the chocolate. I don’t have a double boiler, so I made due by floating a metal bowl on 1″ of boiling water in a saucepan.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in the Crisco. If the chocolate is too runny, let it rest for a little bit.

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  • Grasp the strawberries by the leaves and dip in the chocolate. I prefer to go slowly and dip them more than once before placing them on wax or parchment paper. It was at this point my playlist turned on Maroon 5’s Sugar and I started dancing in the kitchen.

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Just for fun, I melted some white chocolate, adding just a little bit of Crisco so that it would drizzle easily. It added the perfect little garnish. After 15 minutes in the fridge, they were ready to eat! And look! One bite, and there’s still chocolate on the strawberry!

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The moment my roommates found out the strawberries were ready (and I had taken all my photos), they chowed down! I finished these just a few hours ago and there might be 10 left of the 30 I made. Yum!!

I know I still owe you all a post covering my last couple days in Scotland…I hope to have that post up by the end of the week, so stay tuned!

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Becky aahhhh... so pretty, Rebekah!!