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?
I 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.
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.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe
- 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)
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.