Now who likes chocolate-dipped strawberries? I do, I do!! Take a look at these luscious strawberries that Strawberry Sue surprised me with! Sue is the Director of Marketing for the Florida Strawberry Growers Association (FSGA) and we’ve been following each other on Twitter for quite some time now. She was in town recently and we had a chance to meet for the first time. Can I tell you how excited I was that she brought along these strawberries just for me?
Let me tell you, my first bite of one of these chocolate-dipped strawberries was pure bliss…it was so juicy that it dripped on my shirt and I have the red stain to prove it (no problem since it was one of those shirts that I only wear around the house…you know what I’m talking about)! Oh my goodness y’all. These are over the top awesome! We cut some up and put over pound cake too…yummm!!!
How would you like to make some of these delectable chocolate-dipped strawberries for yourself or to give away for Valentine’s Day next week? There’s no time like the present while these sweet strawberries are in season. Here’s the recipe (which I’m sharing with permission from the FSGA).
I could hardly wait to get home and try these beauties! My sweet surprise from Sue consisted of a big pan of dipped strawberries along with ones on cake pop sticks, a container of fresh strawberries and a cute stuffed Jammer (the FSGA mascot). Wouldn’t you be doing the happy dance too? Of course, the white chocolate-dipped strawberry was my absolute favorite (notice how juicy the strawberry was after I took a bite)! Check out Sue’s video on making the cute tuxedo strawberries shown above.
Valentine’s Day is only a week away…better start planning!
Yield: Makes 18-24 berries (depending on size)
- 1 pound Florida strawberries (preferably with stems)
- 2 cups dark or milk chocolate wafers, melting discs or chips
- 1/4 cup white chocolate wafers, melting discs or chips
- Wash, drain and pat strawberries with paper towels. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. In a crockpot or double boiler, melt dark chocolate, stirring often. In another crockpot or double boiler, melt white chocolate and stir.
- Hold strawberries at stem (or insert wooden toothpick or skewer in each berry) and dip in dark or milk chocolate to cover two-thirds of the berry. Allow excess chocolate to drain off. Place berries on the baking sheet to cool. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes until chocolate is set.
- Remove baking sheet from refrigerator. Use a toothpick or wooden skewer that has been dipped in the melted white chocolate. Drizzle the white chocolate over the chocolate-dipped strawberries in a zigzag pattern. Remove toothpicks or skewers before serving.
Microwave Method: Place chocolate wafers in a microwave-safe container. Heat on medium power for 30 seconds. Stir. Continue heating for additional 30-second intervals, stirring often. Repeat process until chocolate wafers are completely melted and smooth. Dip berries as described above. Chill in refrigerator for 15 minutes or until firm.
For best results use a high-quality chocolate such as Guittard or Ghirardelli.
Source: Florida Strawberry Growers Association (posted with permission)