Today, learn how to make a chocolate dipped strawberry bouquet. They are great for holidays like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or any other festive party.
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Ingredients you will need:
- 25-30 strawberries, washed
- paste or liquid food coloring
- vanilla and chocolate almond bark
- dessert decorations like sprinkles
Other items needed:
- 25-30 bamboo skewers
- a vase
- a couple sandwich bags
- a scissors
- a knife, like the Rada Granny Paring Knife
Wash and dry the strawberries. Use a knife like the Rada Granny Paring Knife to remove the leaves on the strawberries. Then refrigerate the strawberries so they are easier to dip into the almond bark.
Place the strawberries on bamboo skewers, without putting the skewer through the entire strawberry.
Melt the chocolate and vanilla almond bark in separate glass bowls in the microwave. Use 30 second increments so it doesn’t burn. Dip the strawberries in the almond bark of choice.
Use liquid or paste food coloring to dye the vanilla almond bark any color of choice. Here, we used a couple drops of red to make it look pink.
After dipping the strawberries in the almond bark, there are various options for decorating them.
Pour sprinkles over the dipped strawberry to give it a pop of color.
Or use the almond bark that wasn’t used to dip the strawberry to place colored dots on it.
View our supplemental post about a Super Bowl-themed strawberry bouquet here.
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Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Video Demonstration
Watch Kristy Kay’s video below for more in-depth instructions about these delicious chocolate dipped strawberries.
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Hi, Kristi in the Rada Kitchen. Today I’d like to show you how to dip strawberries in chocolate. You can make this cute arrangement for Valentine’s Day, Sweetest Day, Mother’s Day, or any occasion. It’s great as a gift and as a centerpiece.
You need about 25-30 strawberries. I washed these and dried them very well with a paper towel and it’s best to have them cold so you might want them in the refrigerator. Some paste or liquid food coloring, vanilla almond bark and chocolate almond bark, some decorative cookie and cupcake decorations, a vase to put them in, and ribbon. You also need about 25-30 bamboo skewers and some sandwich bags, a scissors and, a knife.
Before you start dipping you have to decide if you want your strawberries to have the leaves or no leaves. They’re really pretty with the leaves but when you go to eat them you have to bite into it and throw it away. It’s was just much easier to stem them and then you can just pop them into your mouth to eat them. So to stem them, I’m going to use this Rada Granny Parer. It works really good. As you can see it curves to the shape of the fruit or the vegetable. It works really good to stem that strawberry.
I don’t do them all. I kind of decide how many strawberries I want in the chocolate or how many I want in the vanilla. Then you are going to take a skewer and you are going to push it. Don’t push it all the way through. But you are just going to push it up through that strawberry. Now we are going to take, I’m going to start with chocolate first, and I’m going to put this in the microwave for 30 seconds on high. Then we’ll see how it looks, you usually have to do it twice, but you don’t want to burn it.
So I put these in the microwave twice on 30 seconds on high. They don’t look like they are melted but sometimes the bowl is warm enough that once you start stirring it, and you don’t want it too hot, because it won’t stick on your strawberry very well. So just the warmth of that bowl will help melt those leftover little pieces. So that’s about right. If you do get it too hot you can add like a solid shortening, like a Crisco. Not oil or butter but Crisco. If it gets too thick, we’ll thin that up but the trick is not get it to that point.
Okay and now I also have this piece of Styrofoam I got I think when I bought a printer. This work really well to stick them in after you’ve coated them. So if you have a bowl that’s not really deep you should be able to just turn them. Now if you want to get to the stick you can take a spoon and then if you shake it a little bit. Just going to try or actually the strawberries are better if they’re not quite so ripe because they will stick on the stick better. So here’s the vanilla and I did make a couple vanilla and put chocolate dots on it.
I want to show you how to color this. Now this is a red liquid food coloring that actually if you only put in one drop it make is kind of that dusty pink color which I really like, or you can use a paste food coloring. Here is something else I thought up. I’m going to add a little bit of jello. It gives that really good, when you bite into the strawberry, it gives it that really a burst of strawberry flavor. You just mix that in, I don’t know maybe a teaspoon, it depends on how much. It makes it smell really strawberryish, too. So then you can just coat however many you want in pink. I want to show you how to do these drizzle marks. You just want to get a little on your spoon and go back and forth. Then you want to set that aside to let that harden too.
Now I want to show you how to make the dots. What you do is take an ordinary sandwich bag and cut off the sealable end because it is kind of hard to work with. Open it up, put your melted almond bark in one corner and then with the scissors just cut the very, very tip off until you get the size you want. And then you take your hardened one and just make dots. To get them even I found if you go diagonally, they’ll come out pretty even. Another idea is to use these sprinkles. So what you do is dip the strawberry, and get rid of the excess. Now while still soft you just sprinkle on. These would be really fun for a birthday party. They look neat on the valentine one, too.
So once the coating has dried on the strawberries you can put them in a vase. This was just a vase I received flowers in once. It already had the bow on. You could use a flower pot, like a terra cotta flower pot; that is really cute, too. But you want it full and then another thing you can do is I just took curling ribbon and I made these little bows. Just put them on the skewer and stick them in there. You could put some Hershey kisses on the sticks and put them in there and make it little more sweet.
It’s a really cute idea for Valentine’s Day or any occasion and everybody will appreciate a homemade gift. This is one of the ideas in our “Fruit Bouquets Recipe Book.”
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