Hello there everyone,
There was a time not too long ago when I thought something as decadent as chocolate dipped strawberries was a treat I’d only get to enjoy at a posh party or an upscale restaurant. Now, I have no idea why.
Chocolate dipped strawberries, are delicious, elegant and above all,simple to make . It’s that little dessert that everyone will be impressed with and want to try and they simply won’t believe you when you tell them: ” No I didn’t hire a gourmet chef, I swear I did it myself! (blush)”
Today I am sharing my strawberries dipped in pink chocolate (ooh la la) which equates to pink candy melts. However, I’ve done this with milk chocolate,dark chocolate and white chocolate all with equally tantalizing results.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- Fresh strawberries- the frozen ones won’t work
- Pink candy melts- these can be substituted with any other colour candy melts or simply milk,dark or white chocolate chips or pieces.
- Wax/Parchment paper- for cooling
I like the strawberries ripe but not too ripe. That way you get that juiciness and sweetness but not to the point where it will interfere with the integrity of the chocolate.
Pink candy melts by Wilton
A short note on candy melts- I’m sure most persons are by now familiar with this product but for anyone who doesn’t know, candy melts are essentially coloured white chocolate discs that are vanilla flavoured. They come in a myriad of colours and are used famously in decorating cakepops but may be used just about anywhere you use chocolate chips.
WHAT YOU DO:
1) Wash and thoroughly dry strawberries and lay them out on a flat surface.- This is very important as chocolate is extremely temperamental and even a wisp of moisture can make it seize up.
2) Make sure your hands are clean and dry for the sake of the chocolate/candy melts
3) Pour out the appropriate amount of chocolate/candy melts into a clean,dry microwaveable container- Of course the amount used depends on how many strawberries you’re dipping,how large they are etc. I do advise using small amounts at a time as you don’t want to have to deal with wasted melted chocolate.
4) Melt the chocolate in30 second bursts on low setting, checking and stirring each time to see the consistency. If it looks like it’s underdone give it another 15-30 seconds. If it seems overdone add some vegetable oil a bit at a time to get it smooth.
- This melting process can be done using the double boiler technique on a stove top if need be.
5) Now that your chocolate has melted let the fun begin, hold the fruit by it’s leaves and dip it into the chocolate and give it a little swirl. Use a spoon to help spread the chocolate around and place on drying sheet.
- Once finished with the bowl, wash it ASAP while the chocolate is still soft. If it does end up being too hard then give it a few seconds in the microwave to soften it up.
6) Add sprinkles,coloured sugar,or edible glitter etc for that extra touch. Let them cool and harden on parchment/wax paper.
7) Serve and enjoy!
Placing them in cupcake cases makes them easy to serve.
You can chocolate dip lots of other fruits: apples,banana,orange slices as well as other snacks for example marshmallows and pretzels for a gourmet treat at a home made price!
Have an awesome day!