Chocolate dipped strawberries don’t just have to be for Valentine’s Day desserts or special occasions. They’re a simple dessert for weeknights, Saturday snacks, and even parties. While they may explain themselves, there are specific ways to heat the chocolate and even cool it for the perfect chocolate-dipped strawberry. Over the past month, I’ve tested different techniques to see what works best and I finally have it! Let’s dive in!
Best Type of Strawberry
When choosing your strawberries to dip in chocolate, it’s important to find specific ones. You want to keep flavor and size in mind. This is where many people make the mistake of choosing the largest berries at the supermarket. The problem with large strawberries isn’t the size but the flavor. You also don’t want too small of berries or you’ll have little room for chocolate. The best strawberries are organic for the taste and medium-sized. I love getting a large organic package at Costco. They’re so much cheaper and taste as if they’ve come from the garden!
Best Type of Chocolate
Just like the strawberries, it’s important to pick the best chocolate for your chocolate dipped strawberries. Many people think good chocolate means expensive but that’s not the case. The best chocolate is semi-sweet chocolate chips. My favorite brand is Kirkland’s from Costco. They’re so smooth and have a great taste. You don’t want to use milk chocolate as that will be too sweet and outshine the berry flavor. You want it to marry well with the taste of the strawberry.
Best Technique For Melting Chocolate
The technique used to melt chocolate for chocolate-dipped strawberries is so important! You don’t want to burn it or add extra ingredients. The best way to melt this is simply doing a double broiler. This means filling 1/4th of a pot with water and bringing it to a slow simmer. You’ll then place a heat-safe glass bowl on top (think of blocking the steam). You don’t want the bowl to touch the water. Then you’ll add your chocolate chips and constantly stir until everything is smoothly melted. The steam collects on the bottom of the boil heating the chocolate and therefore melting it. When you melt chocolate in a microwave you essentially cook it which is not what you want to do.
Best Technique For Dipping Strawberries
When your chocolate is melted and strawberries are dried from being rinsed it’s time to dip! Grab a wire cooling rack and a piece of parchment paper or silicon baking mat. Set your bowl of melted chocolate on a hot pad and get ready to start dipping. You’ll want to start by dipping your strawberry at an angle. Hold it at 90 degrees and dip straight down. This should cover a whole side up to the leaves. Next, roll your strawberry in the chocolate at the same 90-degree angle and then pull upward vertically. Do this to each strawberry and place them on your covered rack.
Best Technique For Drying Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Now that your chocolate-dipped strawberries are done, they need a place to dry. The best option is to stick them in the refrigerator. It’ll only take 10-15 minutes to fully dry or they can wait for hours until you need them. The cool fridge will help the chocolate harden as well as chill the strawberry itself. This is helpful for when you bite into them so the chocolate doesn’t crumble all over your lap.
Best Way To Store Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Finally, you’ll want to store leftover chocolate-dipped strawberries in an airtight container in your fridge. This keeps the berries fresh and the chocolate firm. I would recommend eating them up in three days. Are you planning to make these delicious treats soon? Comment below how they turned out and share with a friend!