The Perfect Gift For Mom, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries: Candy Bar Edition
What do Mom’s want? Besides an escape to a tropical island. Oh, and a cleaning fairy. How about Chocolate!
Since the first two items are not feasible for most of us, I will stick with the chocolate. And some wine, of course.
I just love the idea of chocolate dipped strawberries. They are so simple yet elegant at the same time.
I have made many chocolate dipped strawberries over the years. They were always a popular item for weddings and holiday parties.
This time I thought I would take them to another level. Inspired by the fancy caramel apples that are enrobed in nuts and candies and other delectables, I thought why not strawberries?
I decided to go with some of my favorite candy bar flavors to coat the strawberries after dipping in chocolate.
You could do this with any of you favorites. The ones I chose were Reese’s, Twix, M&M’s and Almond Joy. For almond joy I use coconut and toasted sliced almonds.
First you will need about 24 large ripe strawberries, wash and then dry thoroughly with paper towels. Strawberries need to be completely dry in order for the chocolate to adhere to them.
Then take 1 package of good quality chocolate chips and melt over a double boiler. You can create your own double boiler by placing a stainless steal bowl over a pan of hot water.
Stir chocolate occasionally until completely melted. Meanwhile, chop up candies that you will be using for coating.
Dip strawberries into melted chocolate about halfway up and then shake off excess chocolate. Spoon topping of choice over strawberry and then place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.
I always do a few extra strawberries in case I mess a few up. Those are the ones that I get to test for “quality control”. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it.
Once you are done dipping and coating the strawberries, place them in the refrigerator to set up. about an hour.
- 2 dozen+ strawberries ( don’t forget the extras for quality control)
- 1 package good quality chocolate
- candies or cookies of you choice, chopped fine