Chocolate Covered Strawberries

February 13, 2012 by staff 

Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Chocolate covered strawberries are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Around this time, you’ll see them readily available at your local grocery store. However, the last time I checked the price, I have to admit that I winced. If you don’t have the time and are willing to pay extra, then having them ready to go is perfect for you. But, if you do have the time and are willing to do a little extra work, then you can save your money towards a great dinner instead.

Dark chocolate is the best choice when choosing chocolates, but if you prefer, milk or white chocolate will work as well. I recommend buying dark chocolate in the 60% range. Ghirardelli sells a 60% bittersweet chocolate that is available almost anywhere or any top rate brands will work the best. I don’t recommend getting cheap chocolate. Chocolate is basically one of the two main ingredients and it’s important to get a chocolate that tastes good. You will be able to taste the difference!

The first project to tackle when making these strawberry delights is to temper your chocolate. This process is much easier than it sounds and you don’t need to be an expert to be able to do this. The tempering process is recommended if you want to get that crisp crunch from your chocolate when you bite into your strawberry. If this step is skipped, it will appear less glossy and more than likely will be soggy.

There are a few tempering processes that can be done, but the easiest one to follow is the seeding method. Tempered chocolate is added to melted chocolate. It is then slightly cooled till it reaches the desired temperature. Don’t worry, after you’ve read over the process this will make much more sense and before you know it, you’ll be an expert!

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