It's nearly Valentine's day and whether you are celebrating it with your SO or your friends, chocolate covered strawberries can only make the occasion sweeter. You can have these prepped and ready to go (and impress) the night before. You can also make these with your valentine for a fun activity. And this recipe is so incredibly easy that you'll be making these for no reason at all (which I totally support). You can also customize the chocolate covered strawberries to suit your taste. I love dark chocolate so that's what I chose, but you can easily switch it out for milk chocolate or white chocolate; just be sure to use high-quality chocolate and not chocolate chips since they don't melt as smoothly. You can also add toppings like chopped hazelnuts or pistachios, drizzle on extra chocolate, add a crushed up candy bar--literally anything your heart desires!
1 lb Strawberries (about 13 to 15)
8 ounces Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1. Fill a small pot with a few inches of water and set it on the stove to boil.
2. Break your chocolate into small chunks and place them in a heat-proof bowl that can fit over your pot without touching the water.
3. Wash and thoroughly dry your strawberries. If the berries are even a little bit wet, the chocolate will not stick on properly.
4. Once the water comes to a gentle boil, place the bowl of chocolate on top and turn off the heat. Allow the chocolate to melt, giving the occasional stir.
5. After all the chocolate has melted, take your bowl off of the pot.
6. Line a plate/tray with parchment paper.
7. Take a strawberry by the leaves and dip and roll it around in the melted chocolate until covered. Allow the excess chocolate to drip off.
8. If using additional toppings, add them now by sprinkling them on top or by rolling your strawberry in them.
9. Rest the chocolate covered strawberry gently on the parchment paper.
10. Repeat with the remaining berries. If your chocolate starts to harder, simply heat the water once again and place the bowl on top of the pot until the desired consistency is reached.
11. Allow the chocolate covered strawberries to rest at room temperature until the chocolate sets (hardens). Do not place them in the refrigerator right away because the chocolate will pull off of the berries.
12. After the chocolate has hardened, you can place them in the fridge until ready to serve.