How to Make Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Chocolate-dipped strawberries are the ultimate, decadent treat. Here are 3 easy tricks to making professional-quality chocolate strawberries at home.
See how easy this is? When the first step is to simply clean your fruit, you know you’re in for a fun ride! While it may seem obvious that your fresh fruit needs a washing, there’s a special way to go about the process:
- Strawberries shouldn’t be washed far in advance. Washing them just before you use them guarantees maximum freshness and minimal bruising.
- Run each strawberry under cold water. Don’t rub the berries. Just allow a light stream of water to dribble over each strawberry for about 10 seconds. (The exception to this is if you see obvious signs of dirt. In that case, carefully rub the dirt off with a soft basting brush or clean washcloth).
- Place the washed strawberries on a clean paper towel. Allow to air dry completely before dipping in melted chocolate.
Step 2. Melt the chocolate.
Again, this might sound like a simple task, but there are a few secrets to properly melting chocolate. While a double-broiler is the safest method, we’re going for the quickest option, which is melting the chocolate in a microwave.
Step 3. Dip the strawberries.
With clean strawberries and smooth, melted chocolate, you’re ready to start dipping! Before you begin, make sure you’ve set out a large piece of parchment paper. Parchment paper offers a completely non-stick surface, which allows the underside of your chocolate strawberries to cool with a smooth, flat surface.
To dip the strawberries, pull all the leafy greens carefully into your fingers, then submerge the red flesh of the strawberry into the chocolate. Gently swirl the strawberry around the pool of chocolate, making sure all sides are evenly coated.