Thursday, January 15, 2009

Chocolate dipped strawberries



The first of the strawberries were picked at Waterberry Farm this week. It looks like we're going to have a great crop this year! I brought home a large bag of the "less than perfect" berries. They taste just fine but my Dad won't sell a berry that he feels isn't perfection. He takes it very seriously. I can't tell you how many strawberries I've had to look and help him decide weather it's okay to sell or not. By the way we have 6000 plants and yes I'm almost certain that he looks at every single berry! So these berries didn't make the cut but that's fine with me. Hubs and I ate as many as we wanted fresh and I dipped the rest into dark chocolate. After wrapping them in a robe of chocolate I rolled them in chocolate sprinkles or crushed toffee bits.
Chocolate dipped strawberries are a quick easy treat, but they look impressive. Roll the chocolate dipped berries into nuts or sprinkles and they look like something that came from a candy store. These strawberries certainly don't look less than perfect anymore!

Method

Melt 5-6 ounces of semi-sweet or white chocolate chocolate

Microwave directions for melting chocolate:
Place coarsely chopped chocolate in a microwave-safe container and microwave at MEDIUM (50 percent power) for 1 1/2 to 4 minutes, until the chocolate turns shiny.
Remove the container from the microwave and stir the chocolate until completely melted. Be careful not to overheat or the chocolate can burn.



Dip strawberries in the melted chocolate, lightly shaking the berry to remove any excess chocolate. Roll the dipped strawberries in chopped nuts, chocolate sprinkles, or toffee bits. Place on parchment paper and let chocolate set-up. The strawberries are best eaten within a few hours of dipping them in the chocolate but can be kept overnight if refrigerated.
Note: make sure your strawberries are completely dry when you dip them into the chocolate. Any water on the berries will ruin the chocolate.

11 comments:

Bellini Valli said...

Even the "less than perfect" berries will taste delicious dipped in chocolate.

noble pig said...

My mouth is watering, I mean really watering!

Grace said...

no longer less than perfect--ya got that right! and crushed toffee? good heavens. :)

Half Baked said...

Grace, I put toffee pieces in a ziplock baggie and crush them with my rolling pin. Very therapeutic;-P

Tami said...

Your strawberries are so pretty!

Try stuffing them with a cheesecake filling like I have:
http://tamiskitchentabletalk.blogspot.com/2008/09/cheesecake-filled-chocolate-covered.html -
It make them even more decadent! :)

Jessie said...

What a great idea to roll them in toffee. Yum! Definitely gonna make these for Valentine's Day!

Sandie said...

I love chocolate dipped strawberries! Hubby and I fed each other a ton of them on our wedding night, while sipping champagne in a hot tub. It was wonderful! Perfect post with Valentine's Day just around the corner.

Rosie said...

OMG my mouth is watering for one of those choc strawberries!!

They look wonderful.

Rosie x

Hayley said...

These look yummy! Especially the toffee ones :)

RecipeGirl said...

Love these. And not so bad with just a bit of chocolate on some fruit, eh?

Joyful Reverie said...

yumm yumm. I love strawberries and what an excellent way to enjoy them with another favorite 'chocolate'

I have a party coming up in few weeks, maybe i'll make this for appetizers!

great recipe