Formal Chocolate Covered Strawberries
By jamielavarnway on March 01, 2014
Chocolate covered strawberries are simply a sophisticated dessert. They stand great alone with champagne, or add easy elegance to a dessert platter. The best part- they are incredibly easy to make at home. So easy, that I remember walking through the aisles on Valentine’s Day and was nearly horrified that chocolate covered strawberries were being sold for $3 per strawberry! You can practically buy a whole box of regular strawberries for that amount! I decided then and there that it was a sign to post this recipe. Today I give you my recipes for chocolate and white chocolate strawberries, and also a quick tutorial on making tuxedo strawberries. They are a cute and swanky play on the regular version, and the perfect sweet ending to your Academy Awards celebrations.
Part one of planning out your strawberries is to decide what flavors you want to make. Tuxedo and lady strawberries just require chocolate, but it is also fun to throw some other textures and flavors into the mix. Covering white chocolate strawberries with pretzels makes for a sweet and salty treat. Adding chopped pistachios to dark chocolate gives them a nice great color and a bit of crunch. The options are nearly endless, which is why it is better to have a plan from the get go.
Now, for making the tuxedo and lady strawberries. Step one, dip half of your strawberries in chocolate, and the other half in white chocolate. Lay them on a piece of wax or parchment paper to firm. If you are finding that the stems of the strawberries are hard to hold onto, put the strawberries on individual skewers from the top halfway through the center. This will help hold them in place without ruining the aesthetics of the berries.
Step two- after the white chocolate has dried, you’ll add a layer of dark chocolate (the jacket). You want to take the strawberry and gently dip it on one side in chocolate, and then the other side in chocolate, so that there is a “V” shape in the middle that remains white chocolate. They will almost look heart shaped at this point. Again, place the strawberries on new parchment to dry.
Now, the fun part! Decorate the strawberries by using a toothpick or a fine paper cone to draw bow ties and pearls. Draw dark chocolate bow ties on each of the tuxedos, and pearl necklaces on the lady strawberries. I always like to have a variety of decorations, so I’ll draw swirls or polka dots on the remaining berries.
Formal Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Author: Cooking in Red Socks
Recipe type: Desserts
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 12 cleaned and dried strawberries
- Put the dark chocolate and white chocolate in separate metal bowls.
- Fill a small sauce pot with an inch or two over medium high heat. Bring the water to a very light simmer and put the chocolate bowls over the water one at a time, until the chocolate is melted. Continue to stir the chocolate both as it melts, and once you’ve removed it from the water, to help distribute the heat evenly.
- Once the chocolate is melted, dip each of the strawberries into either the chocolate or white chocolate. For a smoother finish, dip the strawberry once and hold it above the chocolate so that it can dry just a bit, and then dip it again to create a nice and smooth layer. Place the strawberries on wax paper or parchment paper to dry.
- To make tuxedo strawberries, dip half the strawberries in white chocolate. Place them on parchment for at least 5 minutes so that they can dry.
- Take the strawberries and gently dip one side, and then the other, in dark chocolate. You want a “V” shape in the center, and the strawberries will almost have a heart shape. Again, place on clean parchment paper to dry.
- Use a paper cone to decorate the strawberries with bow ties, or as desired, before serving. Serve slightly chilled or at room temperature for best results.