Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

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My son is getting married in August!  I offered to bring Chocolate Dipped Strawberries to his fiance’s Bridal Shower.  I thought this would be easy enough.  It was actually more difficult than I had imagined.

This post is to help you with some suggestions to make it easier for you.

Ingredients:

Strawberries-2 pounds
Hershey’s Mildly Sweet Specially Dark Chocolate Chips-2 cups
Heavy Cream-about 1/2 cup
Sugar Sprinkles

Supplies:

Awl
Squeeze Bottle
Double Boiler
Wax Paper
Cookie Sheet
Cake Pops Sticks (purchased at Michael’s in the cake baking section.)

I don’t have a double boiler, so I used two pots like this:

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Place water in the bottom pot and pour the chocolate morsels in the top pot.  Be careful not to get water into the chocolate.  This will ruin it!

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I turned the heat between low and medium.  You don’t want to burn the chocolate.

Stir until melted.

Meanwhile, wash and dry the strawberries.

Prepare the drying station by using the awl to poke holes in the plastic strawberry container.  You will need to weigh down the container because the dipped berries are heavy!  I used decorative stones.

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I wanted to have all the strawberries on the cake pops, but they were so ripe that the cake pop stick poked right through.  So, I used the smaller lighter berries for the pops and the riper heavier berries for the tray.

For the ones on the cake pop sticks, remove the stem, insert the cake pop stick and swirl in the chocolate holding the strawberry near the cake pop stick.

Insert into the drying station.

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Sprinkle with sugar sprinkles.

For the larger strawberries, I left the stems on.

Hold by the stem and swirl in melted chocolate.

Dry on wax paper lined cookie sheet.

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Once all the strawberries were dipped, I added heavy cream (I didn’t have any, so I used half and half!)

Stir until a shiny thinner consistency.  You are making a ganache.

Add this to the squeeze bottle.

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Drizzle over the strawberries on the wax paper.

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Put in refrigerator to cool and set.

Once set, I move to a decorative tray and put the ones on the cake pop sticks into a pretty candle votive.

Finally, I tied white ribbon to the cake pop sticks in pretty little bows.

This is my end result:

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I hope this helps.  I am all about using what I have on hand.  Feel free to use your imagination!

I would love to hear if you tried my recipe.  Leave a comment below or send me pics of your end result!

 

 

 

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