Wednesday, July 2, 2014

{VIDEO} How To Make Beautiful, Professional Looking, Gourmet Chocolate Covered Strawberries!

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Learning how to dip the perfect chocolate covered strawberries is a quick and simple process that always makes a big impression.

And since this is one of my most popular recipes on the blog, I made a video to go with it, so you guys can make these along with me!
Watch it below or click here to view it on Youtube

 
Not to mention is is a lot more affordable to dip your own strawberries, than buying chocolate dipped berries at around $3 a piece from gourmet chocolate shops.




The best part is, it is totally customizable. Create monograms, color patterns to match a theme, fancy chocolate drizzles or a variety of toppings!
How To Make Beautiful, Professional Looking Chocolate Dipped Strawberries!

Wash and dry fresh strawberries. Make sure there is no water on the strawberries or the chocolate will seize up and ruin the smooth consistency of the chocolate. 

Melt chocolate (chips or bar) in a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water or double boiler (Make sure the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the simmering water. You just want the heat of the steam to melt the chocolate, so it doesn't get too hot and burn!). You can alternatively use the microwave according to directions on package.


Some packages of chocolate chips will also provide direction for melting the chocolate specifically for fruit dipping. If not, I like to add about a tablespoon of vegetable shortening per every cup of chocolate chips to get a really velvety smooth and thin consistency, perfect for dipping. I usually use semi-sweet chocolate for my berries, but you can use candy melts, white chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate or even add flavoring oils to your melted chocolate!


Pour chocolate into a deep mug, cup or small bowl. Hold the strawberries at the leaves and dip into melted chocolate until it is fully coated. If there isn't a lot of leaf on top to hold on to, you can always stick a toothpick on top, to create a little handle to hold on to along with whatever leaf is attached to the berry.


Pull straight up and out of the chocolate. Use your free hand to tap the wrist of the hand holding the strawberry to help the excess chocolate slide off of the tip of the strawberry and back into your cup.


Scrape excess chocolate off the bottom of the strawberry, on the side of the mug so it does not create a pool of chocolate around your strawberry as it dries.


Place dipped strawberries onto wax paper for easy removal once dried.

  • DECORATE: Place candies or sprinkles onto wet chocolate. Place on wax paper and refrigerate to dry and set chocolate.

  • CLASSIC DRIZZLE: Let strawberries dry (speed up the process by placing in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes) and add a drizzle of white chocolate on top by using a plastic bag filled with melted chocolate. Snip off a tiny tiny piece from the corner of the bag and gently squeeze on to dried dipped berries, moving your hand from side to side in a quick and steady motion.


 



  • ROLL IN TOPPINGS: Immediately roll berries in a bowl of chopped nuts, cookie crumbles, coconut shreds, sprinkles, etc., while the chocolate is still wet Place on wax paper and refrigerate to dry and set chocolate.
 

  Or do a combination platter of different techniques.

 
  • BRIDE & GROOM STRAWBERRIES: Dip strawberries in white chocolate, followed by a "V" shaved dip in dark chocolate for the groom, or a drizzle of white chocolate on top for the bride.

  • MONOGRAM BERRIES:   

To create personalized letters and more either use a plastic candy chocolate mold found at most arts and crafts stores or you can find them online.



Or, do this freehand by piping letters or designs onto wax paper, then attach them to the berry with melted chocolate.




Store your chocolate covered strawberries in a cool dry place or refrigerate if not serving immediately.

Note: if you leave the chocolate dipped strawberries in the fridge, condensation might form and you will have water droplets on top of your strawberries or in between the berry and the chocolate, when you remove them from the fridge and they come back to room temperature.


Enjoy!



Have left over strawberries? Try my Simple Chocolate Whipped Cream Mousse Stuffed Strawberries...
 



For a extra special gift idea, be sure to check out my step-by-step tutorial for making an edible chocolate box filled with chocolate dipped strawberries!

Looking for a fruitless alternative, check out my Red Velvet Cakeberries (Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cake Bites)

They look so real don't they?!  ;)

  
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks this is helpful!
    Regards, Winnie from Kenya

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