Pretty berry shaped chocolate strawberries



by Prettiis

1x1.trans Pretty berry shaped chocolate strawberriesThere are a million and a half sites out there that tell you how to make chocolate covered strawberries – but every one of them have you dip the strawberries and lay them down on a sheet of waxed paper to harden.

It works, but the problem with that method is it leaves the strawberries with a flat side, and that is not at all attractive to me, I love to see the berries – berry shaped.

This post is to explain how to get your berries coated in chocolate, AND beautifully shaped. The recipe is below:

Equipment

A large block of floral foam
toothpicks
a double boiler – or a microwave safe cup

Ingredients

6 ounces semi sweet chocolate, chopped
1 pound strawberries with stems (about 20), washed and dried very well
3 oz white chocolate pieces (optional – if you like the white chocolate contrast)
Grand Manier or other liquor (optional)

Directions

Put the semi sweet  pieces into a heat proof medium bowl, or a microwave safe cup. Fill saucepan with a couple inches of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off the heat; set the bowl of chocolate over the water to melt. Stir until smooth. (Alternatively, melt the chocolates in a microwave at half power, for 1 minute, stir and then heat for another minute or until melted.)

Once the chocolate is melted and smooth, remove from the heat. Insert a toothpick into the stem end of the strawberry. Holding the strawberry by the toothpick AND stem, dip the fruit into the dark chocolate, lift and twist slightly, letting any excess chocolate fall back into the bowl. Turn the toothpick and strawberry upside down and insert the toothpick into the floral foam. Repeat with the rest of the strawberries.

Allow the chocolate to set, about 30 minutes.

Optional:

If you have a very small syringe, you can fill the strawberry with a tiny amount of Grand Marnier, or other tasty liquor once you remove the toothpick.

If you like the white chocolate contrast, wait until the chocolate is set really firmly, then place strawberries onto a piece of waxed paper, and drizzle melted white chocolate with a fork onto the strawberries.

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Comments

  1. Mystery Guest says:

    I will have to tell my grand daughter about the handy way of doing this.
    I would just like to have some good strawberries.
    My recipe is:
    Get a bowl
    Cut up strawberries and banana’s
    two or three scoops of ice cream
    Then drown it in chocolate sauce.
    Works for me.

  2. That would work for me too – or a couple of warm gluten free brownies with the ice cream and hot fudge sauce – yum!

    But the berries are delicious, I had one last night as soon as they had set (actually, I made about double what you see in the picture) and my grandsons had one before school this morning.

    Tonight, prime rib for dinner and chocolate strawberries for dessert.

  3. You people are cruel…..don’t you realize Lent started yesterday.

  4. MountainSurvivor says:

    Prettiis,
    If you’re not in business making $, $, $, you need to be. Cheaper than liquor-filled chocolates, homemade, fresh and perfect for any and every occasion.

    • Thank you, for the compliment. Unfortunately, Komradfornia has such strict public health laws, I’d have to have my kitchen redone in stainless steel, and I do love my Silestone countertops.

  5. Encourager says:

    The only thing I would change would to use bittersweet chocolate. I just love the contrast between the sweet strawberry and the bittersweet chocolate! You MUST use good quality chocolate when you make these!

    My hubby and I stopped at an Italian bakery today and he bought us some dark chocolate dipped strawberries. They were flat on one side but decorated with white chocolate and a tiny red rose made of frosting. The were yummy!