Dear Tiny Kitchen Viewer,
Happy Valentine’s Day! Wait…what…it’s Valentine’s Day?!? Don’t freak out yet! At the time of this post, there is officially one week and one day to go…but hopefully, this blog will get you in the planning phase to help make Valentine’s Day a special day for your special someone. You can breathe now. Phew!
Now, if you are reading this and the calendar says February 14th, DO NOT STRESS OUT!!! Who cares that you forgot to order those cool Shari’s Berries or the Edible Arrangements Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Bouquet? They’re too expensive anyway and making Chocolate Covered Strawberries yourself will mean sooooo much more. Trust me!
Come on! Compose yourself! Just because you failed at Valentine’s Day in the past does not a trend make. This is a New Year. New You! You got this!
It is for you—all you fellow procrastinators– that I write this Last Minute Guide to a Great Valentine’s Day Gift! Homemade Chocolate Covered Strawberries (with a sweet, loving card) blog!
If you’ve got time, you can definitely follow the full recipe at the bottom of this post and dip the Strawberries in two different kinds of chocolate, but hey, YOU DON’T HAVE TIME!!! It’s February 14th!
So, we’ve got to be reasonable here…and make sure you get it done. So…here’s a cheat sheet for still-AMAZING Chocolate Dipped Strawberries on a budget that you can make in ONE HOUR!!!
NOW GO! See the Official Last Minute Guide Checklist below and print it HERE!
See, one hour, one amazing Valentine’s Day gift!
If you’ve got the time, try the regular recipe below. The drizzle is super-easy to master…so much so, that you’ll look at the finished product and think, that Shari and her Berries have got nothing on me. You might even contemplate opening up your own Chocolate Covered Strawberry business.As you can see in the YouTube video, it was Sarah’s first time decorating the Chocolate Covered Strawberries and half of those finished products on hers…so that shows you that even your first time out of the gate, you can make a beautiful Chocolate Dipped Dessert.
Speaking of Sarah, she’s working on some fun projects so you’ll definitely want to stay in the loop! You can keep up with her here:
I can’t wait to hear how your Valentine’s Day turned out! Be sure to let us know…and hashtag some of your pictures on social media with #tinykitchenTV.
Who knew a one-hour recipe and card could save the day??? I really hope it helped out!
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
SO WHAT YOU'RE GONNA NEED IS:
Prepare the Strawberries
- Wash and thoroughly dry Strawberries.
- Optional: if you want to create strawberries without a flat side, stick toothpicks in the center of the stem of the strawberry. Stick the toothpick with the Strawberries in the Styrofoam board to hold for dipping.
Melt the Chocolate
- Place Semi-sweet Chocolate in larger Mixing Bowl. Place White Chocolate in smaller Mixing Bowl.
- Add 1 teaspoon Vegetable Oil to each Mixing Bowl.
Melt Chocolate using one of the following methods:
- Method #1 (Microwave): In Microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate (one bowl at a time) at 50% power for 15 seconds. Stir. Continue to microwave at 50% power, checking and stirring every 15-seconds until Chocolate is smooth and melted. Repeat with other bowl.
- Method #2 (Double Boiler): Place Chocolate in Heat Resistant Bowl. Bring small Pot with about 1 inch of water (make sure it doesn’t touch the bowl) to a simmer. Place one Mixing Bowl on Small Pot. Stir Chocolate until smooth. Repeat with other Bowl of Chocolate. (Note: Be Careful. Bowl of Chocolate may be hot!)
- If decorating with melted chocolate, fill pastry bags with ¼ cup of melted chocolate and snip of the very tip of the bag. (Note: a resealable bag can be used if you don’t have pastry bags.
Dip the Strawberries
- Tilt bowl and dip and roll Strawberries in the melted Chocolate until completely covered. Let excess chocolate drip off.
Decorate the Strawberries
- To create chocolate drizzle effect, drizzle chocolate in the pastry bag quickly back and forth over the strawberry. Place back in the Styrofoam board to cool.
- You can also dip in Chopped Nuts, Mini Chocolate Chips or sprinkle with Instant Coffee/Espresso.
- Let dipped Strawberries cool in refrigerator for about 15 minutes or until the Chocolate has hardened. Remove toothpick and serve.