Thursday, February 14, 2013

Chocolate Covered Strawberries


    Happy Valentine's Day everyone!!  
I hope your day is filled with love, sweet nothings, sweet treats and loads of good surprises.   

Call me a traditionalist, but you cannot have Valentine's Day without some beautiful chocolate covered strawberries to enjoy.  I love to make these each year... well... we make them as many times as we can during the year as well.   My kids love to make them as much as they like to eat them.  I think the strawberry is the perfect Valentine's Day fruit because it's red and shaped like a heart.  Dip a strawberry in sweet chocolate and you've got a match made in heaven. 



* 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
* 3 ounces white chocolate, chopped
* 1 pound strawberries with stems (about 20), washed and dried very well

Put the semisweet and white chocolates into 2 separate heatproof medium bowls. Fill 2 medium saucepans with a couple inches of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off the heat; set the bowls of chocolate over the water to melt. Stir until smooth. (Alternatively, melt the chocolates in a microwave at half power, for 1 minute, stir and then heat for another minute or until melted.)

Once the chocolates are melted and smooth, remove from the heat. Line a sheet pan with parchment or waxed paper. Holding the strawberry by the stem, dip the fruit into the dark chocolate, lift and twist slightly, letting any excess chocolate fall back into the bowl. Set strawberries on the parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the strawberries. Dip a fork in the white chocolate and drizzle the white chocolate over the dipped strawberries.

Set the strawberries aside until the chocolate sets, about 30 minutes.

** Recipe and directions from Food Network**

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