Christmas Candy Recipes: Chocolate Covered Strawberries

by Pamela

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Strawberries contain a bunch of things that are good for you, with vitamin C being the biggest nutrient. They’re low in calories, so you can pretty much eat as many of them as you want. They are also filled with a couple of different phenols that are potent antioxidants as well as a great heart protector, cancer fighter and anti-oxidant.  Strawberries also provide an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese, as well as folic acid, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, copper, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.  That’s a lot of health in one little berry.  But if you’re not into strawberries for their health benefits, how about this?

Strawberries are one of the sexiest fruits around.  Nora Roberts isn’t writing about her naked and entwined lovers seducing each other with grapefruit slices dunked in champagne.  No, it’s a strawberry that is dipped into that flute of bubbly and fed to the writhing lover causing the juice to trickle over her seductively pursed lips.  And what about it’s rumored aphrodisiac properties?  They’re the perfect size to hand feed to your lover (or to be fed by your lover), which invites you to touch one another and to pay very close attention to the other person.  (It is very un-sexy behavior to jam an entire strawberry into someone’s mouth or to feed them too fast.)  Erotic literature makes reference to the strawberries resemblance to a nipple.  (Take a look, you’ll never look at a strawberry the same way again.)  Then, as if that wasn’t enough sexiness for you…how about we coat those juicy little love berries with the king of aphrodisiacs – CHOCOLATE?

Chocolate-Covered-StrawberriesI thought that I would write a post on how to make chocolate covered strawberries to cover a couple of bases.  1 – The holidays can be a romantic time (that whole cozy fireplace or snuggling under blankets thing.)  So chocolate covered strawberries are an unexpected little surprise to add to the evening. 2 – They’re really easy to make and people on your gift list will be blown away when they receive a box of 12 of the prettiest and freshest chocolate covered strawberries they’ve ever had.  (You’ll be happy because you didn’t have to spend a month’s paycheck to gift them either.)  A Chocolate Covered Strawberry Recipe doesn’t technically exist…it’s more like when chocolate met strawberry and a couple of simple techniques.  Once you make them for the first time you’ll kick yourself for ever paying $2 a piece for them.

Relationship Advice

I pretty much covered the couple thing above, so I wanted to use this spot to remind you that you need to have a relationship with yourself.  This time of year it’s really easy to get caught up in schedules, other people’s schedules, and focusing on everyone but yourself.  But you need to take some time and spoil yourself a little bit.  Maybe an impromptu nap, a little alone time with your trusty vibrator or how about with a batch of chocolate covered strawberries.  Yes, you are worth the short amount of time it takes to make these AND you can eat the whole bunch yourself without feeling like you’ve blown your calorie allotment for the month.  So just like you need to be kind to your significant other to have a good relationship, you need to be good to yourself too, to have a good relationship.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe

Makes 20

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound of Large Strawberries (leave the stem on)
  • 6 Ounces Chocolate (chips or chopped into small pieces from a block)
  • 3 Ounces Chocolate or Candy Melts (use opposite color from what you’ll be using as your base chocolate)

Directions

In a medium size glass bowl, melt the chocolate you plan to use as your base coat.  Put it in for 30 seconds on High.  Take it out and stir the chips.  Put it back in for another 15 seconds.  Again, stir the chips.  Continue this process until chips are melted.  This shouldn’t take long.  After the second time in the microwave, stir the chocolate a bit longer…it will probably all melt.  You don’t want to overheat the chocolate or it will break and get all grainy.

Line a sheet pan with wax or parchment paper.

Hold the strawberry by the stem or leaves.

Dip the strawberry into the chocolate.  When removing from the chocolate, twist the strawberry just a bit and let the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl.

Lay the coated strawberry onto the pan.

Melt the other chocolate in the same manner as before. (this will take even less time than the first batch)

To make the drizzle lines, dip a fork into the chocolate and drizzle the chocolate over the strawberry.

To make the color blocks. Let the base coat dry thoroughly.   Hold the strawberry at an angle and dip into one color.  Let cool and repeat with third color.

Let chocolate harden then lay in cupcake papers.

Pack up or serve.

The key to making sure that the chocolate sticks to the strawberries is to make sure that the strawberries are dry.  Pat them dry after washing them and let them sit until they look to be completely dry.

* You could also coat with crushed nuts or decors.  Before base coat dries, roll the coated strawberry in crushed nuts or candy decors.

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24 comments

Conor @ Hold the Beef December 14, 2010 at 12:01 am

Ooh la la, those naughty little strawberries. I wonder what it says about a person’s love life if strawberries are left to go mouldy in the fridge ;)

Julia December 13, 2010 at 8:19 am

Your chocolate cover strawberries look simply divine! They would be the perfect treat to bring on Christmas Day. It seems easy enough to make and it is a great presentation! I am always looking for holiday recipes that are easy to make and yummy.

Lentil Breakdown December 11, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Wow are those gorgeous! And thanks for granting me permission to eat them all myself! Not that I needed your permission…

Chocolate Covered Strawberries December 9, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Thanks for this great recipe and directions. I love chocolate covered strawberries, especially ones that are homemade. Now, I can whip up a batch of my own and savor the sweetness!

naomi December 8, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Love how festive the strawberries are! Perfect for the holidays. What’s even more perfect is your advice about having a relationship w/ oneself. Love it. I need to learn to do that better.

Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food December 8, 2010 at 4:26 am

Fruity desserts are always my first choice, and these look like absolute winners. Plus, our Florida strawberry season will kick off this month, making these a seasonal treat for me. I love your formula here, which manages to be glamorous, simple, budget-minded, and versatile all at the same time. With a slight adaptation of the colors, this would work well for virtually any holiday. Valentine’s Day anyone?

Pamela December 8, 2010 at 8:10 am

Will you be my Valentine Barbara?

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella December 8, 2010 at 12:06 am

They look so lovely and Christmassy! I can really imagine these boxed up for a very lucky person :)

Angie's Recipes December 7, 2010 at 11:21 pm

These strawberries look so very festive and pretty!

Nancy@acommunaltable December 7, 2010 at 9:39 pm

He He… used to have a client that we made these for every year. She would “ooh and ahh” and marvel at how “hard” they must be to do… never admitted that they were “easy as pie” !!!

Baking Serendipity December 7, 2010 at 7:17 pm

These strawberries are gorgeous! I always think about chocolate covered strawberries in the summer and somehow forget about them by this time of year. Thanks for the reminder…yum!

lisaiscooking December 7, 2010 at 2:31 pm

They look so great and will definitely make great gifts! Meanwhile, I’m already feeling behind schedule regarding making homemade gifts.

Pamela December 8, 2010 at 8:12 am

I’m right there with you Lisa. I just lost a week out of my schedule now too. I need more counter space to do all these at the same time.

Rich December 7, 2010 at 7:35 am

You may be receiving a letter from Futurewife thanking you for giving me this idea. Just a heads-up.

Pamela December 7, 2010 at 8:52 am

I look forward to receiving it! :)

nancy@skinnykitchen.com December 6, 2010 at 10:00 pm

These strawberries look gorgeous! Can’t wait to try your recipe…

Belinda @zomppa December 6, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Dang…I might not see a strawberry the same way again.

Pamela December 7, 2010 at 8:56 am

;)

Betty @ scrambled hen fruit December 6, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Strawberries are an unexpected Christmastime treat! Those are so pretty with the red and green decorations. :)

Pamela December 7, 2010 at 8:57 am

Thanks, I had them in dark chocolate too, but I ate them all before I could take any pictures. Ooops, guess I’ll have to make more.

Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} December 6, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Very festive!

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