What chocolate to use for Chocolate Covered Strawberries?
It all comes down to your taste, but here are your three best options:
* Dark Choc – this one is dairy free so if you plan to make vegan chocolate dipped strawberries, this would be your best choice.
* White Choc
I used the dark one for today’s recipe, but you can replace it with any of the other two.
How to melt the chocolate in which you dip strawberries
There are two ways of melting it:
# On the stove, using a double boiler pan (like I did in the video below). If you don’t have a double boiler, simmer about 1/4 water in a saucepan. Then place a heat-safe bowl in the water and melt the chocolate in it, stirring from time to time.
# In the microwave. You can microwave the choc on 50% power for 1 minute, but you will have to stop it at 30 seconds, stir once and then put it back for another 30 seconds. After that, you need to remove it from the microwave, stir and if it isn’t perfectly smooth put it back for 15 more seconds until fully melted.
How Long Do Chocolate Covered Strawberries Last?
If you have a party or a special occasion you are probably wondering how far in advance can you make chocolate covered strawberries and how to store them. My advice is, make them on the same day or the day before (if you can, of course).
Fresh ripe strawberries are very delicate fruits and they only last a few days at best. The California Strawberry Commission recommends buying only a day before you plan to dip them.
After dipping, you should only store them for 1-2 days. They are best served on the same day you make them.
As said above, strawberries are best fresh, and they only stay fresh for 1-2 days. I heard some people store them for up to 3-4 days, but I have never tried it and I wouldn’t risk ruining my party dessert. They decompose pretty fast and start looking mushy.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe
* 1 lb large ripe strawberries (long stems are best)
* 8 Oz. chopped chocolate or chocolate chips (milk, semi-sweet or dark)
# Rinse the strawberries well and pat dry (make sure they're completely dry).
# Line a baking sheet with parchment.
# Melt your chocolate using a double broiler or in the microwave.
# Dip the strawberries one by one into the melted chocolate, coating about 3/4 of each. Twist and pull the strawberry out, letting the excess drip back into the bowl.
# Place the chocolate dipped strawberries onto the parchment then refrigerate for about 30 minutes, or until the chocolate sets.
* After rinsing the strawberries, it is important to dry them really well. If there is any water left or any bruised areas, the chocolate won't stick. So pat them with a paper towel and place them on another towel until they are completely dry.
* Another thing to keep in mind is that strawberries grow on the ground. Hence, you need to wash them well before dipping and eating.
* Leave the green caps on, and wash gently so you won't bruise them.