Chocolate Covered Strawberries are the perfect after dinner dessert for an intimate evening, because you can hand-feed them to each other.
The strawberries can also be served successfully at a party or small gathering, where dessert will probably be eaten by guests who are walking around, or also holding a drink, rather than sitting around at a table.
Ingredients for Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Many recipes have added fats and shortenings, including Crisco. There is no need to add any extra calories to the Chocolate CoveredStrawberries.
The only actual ingredients you need to make Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries are chocolate and strawberries.
When purchasing the strawberries, make sure they are the largest strawberries you can find. The strawberries also need to be fresh (not frozen). Check the package to make sure the strawberries are ripe, but not moldy. Be sure to check thestrawberries from the bottom.
The type of chocolate used should be chocolate from the baking aisle: in the form of chips or chunks. Choose semi-sweet, milk chocolate or dark chocolate chips or chunks. Top choices include Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips and Hershey’s. Or buy some Dove chocolate.
Other options include purchasing a small bag of white chocolate chips.
Other foods that can be covered in chocolate include bananas, graham crackers, or pretzels.
Making the Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Prepare a couple of plates or large platters that will fit in the refrigerator with wax paper.
The strawberries will need to have any brown or unsightly leaves removed from the stem area. The strawberries also need to be washed and dried thoroughly, but gently, so they are not squished.
The tricky part of this recipe is melting the chocolate. It can be done in the microwave, which is the easiest way to do it. You will need to experiment with your microwave and a handful of chocolate chips to find the right time. In a microwave-safe container, try melting the chocolate for 60 seconds.
If 60 seconds is not enough, try another 30 seconds. Stir the chocolate. The chocolate may need another 30 seconds. Do not microwave the chocolate too long, or it will burn.
The melted chocolate should be smooth. When it is, dip the small end of a strawberry in the chocolate and turn it in a circle, until the entire bottom is covered.
Continue until you run out of strawberries and chocolate.
At this point, you could also roll the chocolate covered strawberries in finely crushed nuts.
The strawberries should be refrigerated until you are ready to serve them. You can make these a couple hours in advance.