If you don’t have a huge budget for Valentine’s day, celebrate the sweetness of you loved ones by giving them a package of heart-shaped chocolate-covered strawberries. One word: yummm! To mix things up from the traditional romantic dinner, package them up in a cooler and plan a surprise picnic for your significant other. If you live in a place thats still cold, you could have a romantic, candle-lit picnic dinner on your living room floor while watching a rom-com. Champagne and chocolate covered-strawberries…could you ask for a better treat?
- 1 Package of Strawberries
- 1 Package of milk or dark chocolate chips
- 1 Package of white chocolate chips
- Sprinkles (optional)
- 2 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
- 2 Microwavable Bowls
- Parchment Paper
- Cookie tray
Gather ingredients. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a clean cookie sheet.
Clean and dry the the Strawberries. It is best to chose smaller berries that are long but wider at the top by the stem. The enormous ones seem good in theory, but are difficult to form into hearts.
Cut the stems off of the berries. Slice them in half (longways) so that you have two equal halves.
Diagonally cut the last two thirds of the strawberry, so that the halves of the hearts will fit better together. Join the two halves with a toothpick.
Melt the white chocolate and milk chocolate in two separate bowls.
Melting Tip: The best way to melt chocolate without burning it is to stir in 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to 1 cup of chocolate chips and microwave on medium heat for 30 second intervals until it is fully melted. Stir after each 30 second interval. Before microwaving make sure that all of the chocolate chips are coated in the oil; they should appear glossy. You will want the chocolate to be very liquid and not chunky.
Fully submerge the formed strawberry hearts in the milk chocolate and place on parchment paper. Refrigerate all strawberries until the chocolate has set (usually about 10 minutes).
Drizzle the melted white chocolate on the milk chocolate strawberries. The best way to avoid globs is to dip a spoon in the liquidy white chocolate and hold it 6 inched above the strawberries. Quickly move the dripping spoon across the cookie sheet in waves. Add sprinkles (if desired) to the chocolate before it dries.
Today’s blog inspiration comes from One Little Project, you can click here if you are interested in adding some extra sweetness to your Valentine’s creation. When we made this fabulous treat, it took about 20-30 minutes. Our tip is to make sure that you cut the strawberry precisely in the middle to create to equal halves.