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Homemade Valentine Gift: Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Written by Paulo Martirez on Sunday, February 03, 2008

To continue my tips for those lovers and alike out there. Here is another great homemade gift for your love ones this season of hearts:

Ingredients:
• 1 pint of perfectly ripened strawberries with stems and leaves intact
• 4 ounces of chocolate chips - dark, white, milk or even chocolate mint flavors
• microwavable bowl and microwave
• cookie sheet covered in wax paper
• Valentine sprinkles, small candies, contrasting color of melted chocolate (optional)

Instructions:

1. Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper and set aside.

2. Wash strawberries and pat dry, leaving stems and leaves intact. Strawberries should be completely dry before proceeding with the recipe.

3. Melt chocolate chips in a microwavable bowl, using the Defrost setting (or 10% power). Heat for 90 seconds, then stir; repeat until the chocolate has just melted and can be stirred smoothly. (Chocolate goes from melted to burned very quickly, so monitor the procedure and remove the chocolate from the microwave as soon as melting is complete.)

4. Hold a strawberry by the stem and leaves and dip it into the melted chocolate. Withdraw the strawberry and swirl it in a tight circle to spin off excess chocolate. If desired, shake sprinkles or small candies over the wet chocolate coating.

5. Place the chocolate dipped strawberry on the wax paper and set aside to dry. A cool room temperature is preferable for drying. Repeat with the remainder of the strawberries, reheating chocolate for a short time, if necessary, to keep the coating consistency.

6. If possible, dip and serve the strawberries on the same day. Once dry, you can place each strawberry in a small paper candy cup.

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