Valentine’s Day brings plenty of sweets and treats with it – sometimes with sketchy ingredients. So today, we’re making our own chocolatey confections, so you don’t have to guess at what you’re getting!
OhioHealth registered dietitian Brittany Smith shared how she makes dark chocolate covered strawberries. The recipe is simple, quick and a fun way to get the family involved in the kitchen. Be sure to check out the video to watch the step-by-step and print out a copy of the recipe, below!
Why Dark Chocolate?
We’re using dark chocolate because it contains some great health benefits. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants that can help fight off disease. It also contains substances that have been seen to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Strawberries also pack a good antioxidant punch and are lower in sugar than many other fruits.
As with any sweet treat, remember to enjoy them in moderation.
Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- 1lb Strawberries
- 10oz Dark Melting Chocolate Wafers (we used Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers)
- 1TBSP Coconut Oil
- Parchment Paper
- Rinse your strawberries under cold water and let them dry completely.
- Create a simple double boiler:
- Place a heat safe glass bowl on the top of a saucepan filled about ¼ of the way with water. The bottom of the bowl should not reach the water.
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Reduce the water to a simmer and place the glass bowl on top of the saucepan.
- Add your melting wafers and 1 TBSP of coconut oil to help create smooth, shiny chocolate.
- Stir the chocolate/coconut oil mixture frequently under low heat until smooth.
- Once the chocolate is melted, turn off the heat but keep the pot on the burner to keep the chocolate melted.
- Insert a toothpick into each strawberry.
- Slowly twirl each strawberry in the chocolate and place each berry on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Refrigerate the chocolate covered berries for about 30 minutes, or until hardened.
Tip: Add sprinkles or crushed nuts for decoration! Do this while the chocolate is still melted so that it can stick.
Note: You should not store the berries in the refrigerator. This can result in discolored chocolate and can also affect the texture. Store the dipped strawberries in an airtight container in a cool place.
Looking for more tasty treats? Check out our Blueberry Cheesecake Bars!