Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is just a few days away? I love Valentine’s Day no matter how elaborate or how simple our plans are. Taking time to show the ones I love that they are loved and appreciated is important to me!
I decided that making chocolate covered strawberries would be a wonderful way to show you a simple but indulgent treat you can make that certainly says “I LOVE YOU”!
How can anyone resist a strawberry drenched in dark chocolate?
If you have never made chocolate covered strawberries before, you are in for a treat! These are very simple and only require three ingredients! Sometimes we just need a simple dessert to make without worrying if we have the correct grain free, gluten free flours on hand! I used Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips in this recipe so they are also dairy free! Win, win!
Start by washing your strawberries and setting them on a kitchen towel or paper towels to dry. Make sure that your berries are all the way dry before you coat them in chocolate. A wet strawberry makes for a very messy chocolate covered one!
Next it’s time to melt some chocolate chips over a double boiler (or a bowl set over a pan of hot water like I did) along with a tablespoon of palm shortening. The palm shortening will give the chocolate a nice glossy sheen as it dries on the strawberry.
Make sure you stir the chocolate chips often as they melt! Nobody wants lumpy chocolate!
When your strawberries are dried and the chocolate has melted…it’s time to create a dynamic duo!
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and get ready to dunk those strawberries! I find that holding each strawberry by the green top and then rolling one side and then the other works the best for me. I also allow some of the excess chocolate to drip off the berry before I place it on the parchment paper to set. If you have too much chocolate, you will end up with it all pooled around the strawberry. A pool of chocolate is never really a bad thing, it’s just not as pretty for our purpose today!
When you have finished dunking your last strawberry in the dark chocolate allow them all to set for a few minutes before handling them again. This only took about five minutes. I had some melted chocolate left over and figured since it was Valentine’s Day and all, I would add a little something special to my chocolate berries! A little drizzle of chocolate over the first chocolate coating was just about the perfect touch!
I wish I could tell you that I used my fancy pastry bag and finest pastry tips to make this beautiful creation, but I can’t….I used a baggie and cut a little hole! It worked great and was easier to grab at that moment! Fancy will happen another day!
That’s all there is to it! Super simple but oh so beautiful!
I hope you enjoy spending time with those you love this Valentine’s Day!
- 1 bag of Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips
- 1T palm shortening
- 24 strawberries
- Wash the strawberries and set on a kitchen towel or paper towel to dry.
- Melt the chocolate chips along with palm shortening over a double boiler until smooth. You can also use a bowl placed over top of a pan of water.
- Hold the strawberry by the green top and roll from one side to the other in the chocolate until well coated.
- Allow some of the excess chocolate to drizzle off before placing the strawberry on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Repeat until all of your strawberries are covered in chocolate!
- If you have left over melted chocolate you can use that to create a drizzle or design on each chocolate covered berry. Simply place a plastic baggie in a cup and fill with remaining melted chocolate. Cut a small part of the corner of the baggie off and drizzle away! You can also use a pastry bag and tip if you feel like getting all fancy!
- Allow the chocolate to harden before transferring to a serving plate or tray.
- Sometimes, storing chocolate covered strawberries in the fridge can make the chocolate get quite cloudy looking. I advise making these on the same day that you are going to serve them. I did store mine on the baking sheet and then also covered them with parchment paper and none of them got cloudy this time!