Chocolate dipped strawberries

When it comes to strawberries my husband and I love strawberry flavored desserts, ice creams, jams,smoothies etc . I also love fresh strawberries as garnishes for desserts. I think they are the prettiest fruit on this planet. However, both of us don’t enjoy strawberries as a fruit. My daughters and sis in law love strawberries though and of course, they love chocolates. I made these strawberries especially for them. Everyone loved the vivid colors.

They look like gourmet stuff but are incredibly simple to make. You can involve the kids too if you don’t mind some mess. They are popular as gifts also . Just put them on paper baking cups and arrange in a pretty box.

Here are the steps involved:

1) Choose large, fresh strawberries preferably of the same size.Wash and dry thoroughly else the chocolate won’t stick.

2)Place room temperature chocolate chips or chopped chocolate bar in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave at 50% power or the defrost setting .1 ounce of chocolate usually takes about 90 seconds to melt but microwave ovens vary so be careful not to burn the chocolate. Infact, the chocolate should not completely melt, but should turn glossy and soft to  touch. Check and stir after every 30 seconds .Remove from the microwave and stir to finish melting. You can also use a double boiler or a bowl set over a sauce pan of simmering water but as usual I chose the easier option of the microwave. I used semi sweet dark chocolate chips for some strawberries and white chocolate chips for the rest.

3) Dip each strawberry halfway in the melted chocolate, swirl gently to coat it evenly. Then take out and gently shake off the excess chocolate.

4) If you want to coat it, immediately roll in chopped nuts, chopped chocolate chips,toasted coconut or coloured sprinkles (kids’ favorite) before the chocolate hardens. After coating, lay them carefully on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper for the chocolate to harden. You can also leave some of the chocolate dipped strawberries without any coating and instead drizzle melted chocolate with a fork after the base layer hardens.

4) Place the strawberries in individual baking cups for better presentation. They are best eaten within a few hours after dipping. They can be stored in a box in the refrigerator for 24 hours or so but there might be some condensation on the chocolate.

This recipe has  participated in   Berries-Strawberry-Desserts Event and Any One Can Cook Series 29

This has also been sent to  Cook Eat Delicious (Desserts) – Strawberries

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