Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

I’m a strong, strong believer in romance and being romantic. However, if you’ve waited until the second week in February, on one specific day to show any sort of romance at all, then sadly, as the Internet Meme goes:

Okay, fine, you are not romantic, you show no signs of an attempt at romance all year-long, you are totally inept at being romantic. What do you do? You go out and you BUY something PRE-made. You don’t take the extra time to make something personal and shows that your significant other that you care.

Let me offer something to you that’s quick, easy, and fun to do.

What you need:

20 long stem Strawberries (usually available at this time of year)

60% Ghirardelli Chocolate chips

White Chocolate Chips

For our Mise En Place:

Carefully wash the Strawberries, making sure not to bruise them. In other words; show them some love.

Take your Chocolate chips and divide them into thirds. The easy way to do this is to weigh them, then divide mathematically by 3. Then to weigh out that amount. I unfortunately am not rich, I cannot afford a digital scale and have to measure by eyeball.

Add into a double broiler 2/3’s of the chocolate.

Turn on the heat, and allow the water to slowly come to a slight simmer. The lower the temperature the better. Cook the Chocolate until it’s melted fully.

Now remove the top half of the double broiler from the heat. Add in the last 1/3 of chips and stir until they are melted completely.

Now, were going to dip our strawberries into the chocolate. To do so, gather the leaves around the stem up, so none of them are hanging down. Dip the strawberry into the chocolate and give it a quick twist to make sure you have the maximum ratio of chocolate to strawberry. Remove the strawberry from the chocolate and shake off the excess, as you shake, you’ll see the stream of chocolate dripping of become less, and less.

Next, move the chocolate covered strawberry to a baking tray, covered with a silicon mat. (please try to use silicon, chocolate sticks to wax paper, believe it or not)

And

Repeat the process again with the white chocolate. Now heed this warning, white chocolate is extremely volatile. You must make sure no excess water is left after cleaning the double boiler, and you must make sure no steam from the  double boiler enters the compound. It will render your white chocolate into a big steaming pile of..well you get the idea.

Once the white chocolate is melted, you are going to drizzle the white chocolate over the chocolate covered strawberries. There are many ways to achieve this, but I really like the messy, rustic look of using a fork and waving it over the chocolate strawberries like you have lost your mind.  (you can imagine you are a wizard, casting a spell, if you’d like)

And

Just a quick note about the chocolate melting, The reason you are adding only 2/3rd’s of the chocolate, melting it, then adding another 1/3rd off the heat is because you are doing a sort of “quick temper” with the chocolate. Doing this will cause your chocolate to harden properly and give it a decent “snap” when bitten into. If you were to just chuck the chocolate into the pan and melt it, when you attempted to dry it, the chocolate would take days to become hard. and even then, you would not get a “snap” from the chocolate. Instead you’ll end up with a sort of glaze or topping that doesn’t really harden unless refrigerated or frozen.

Hopefully I helped someone out who is looking for a quick and easy way to say that they care about their loved ones, without involving too much of your time, and bankroll.

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