Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Cherries are Cupid's pick for Romantic Gifts.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Cherries make succulent deluxe gourmet gifts that are dripping with hot romance. If you're looking for a gift to tug at your girlfriend's, wife's, boyfriend's, or husband's heart strings, then this is the gift I would choose. Combine a box of either one of these charming gifts with a single red rose and don't be surprised if she gives you that cute, puppy-dog-eye look. You can order some of the best deluxe quality boxes online or if you'd really like to impress him or her than make them yourself.--What's on this page about Chocolate-Covered Strawberries...--
Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe
This is an easy recipe to follow since you can use the microwave. For more accuracy of creating smooth chocolate I would recommend using a double-boiler. It gives good details on how to dry and dip the strawberries.
Best Chocolate Covered Strawberries Online
Not in the mood to make your chocolate dipped strawberries, right?
What to look for. There are many places where you can buy gourmet chocolate strawberries online, but there are a few online retailers that stand out to me for the following reasons:
1. Shari's Berries
They have one of the best, user-friendly websites on the web. Their huge, scrumptious, hand-dipped strawberries are made wtih dark chocolate, white chocolate, with chocolate chips, nuts and more. Beautifully packaged and delivered on-time with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Usually quality comes at a high price, Shari's chocolate dipped strawberries start at $19.99! these are my pick as the best online gourmet chocolate covered strawberries!
2. Edible Gifts PlusThey've got a huge variety of chocolate-covered strawberries too from Oreo® toppings, to flavored chocolate strawberries (extra stawberry, orange, mint) and all sorts of unique themed berries for all occasions as well as other chocolate covered fruit like bananas and apples.Click on their "dipped fruit" link in the left column.
Other Chocolate Covered Gift Ideas and Strawberry Fudge Want some other fresh gourmet chocolate covered gift ideas ? Check out what Audrey Okaneko does. Thank you Audrey!
How 'bout another very unique candy gift idea of
chocolate covered strawberry fudge?
Here are the basic ingredients to make chocolate covered strawberries. You can either use the double boiler to melt the chocolate, but here I will use the microwave.
Place semi-sweet chocolate chips in small microwavable bowl.
Add some cooking oil to chips then put them in microwave for one minute. Chips will still look mostly whole like shown above, but willl show some signs of melting. Stir until liquid in form. Some chips will still need to be melted a little more. Place back in microwave for a 10-second interval. Stir until completely liquid.
TIP: For a large batch of chocolate covered strawberries melt half of the chips at a time. You don't want melted chocolate to sit for too long. Finish the first half of chips before doing the second half.
Dip strawberries into small glass bowl or coffee mug. If the container you dip into is too wide you won't be able to submerge the strawberries. Some prefer strawberries to be covered only three-quarters of the way or you can completely cover them except for the stem.
Either shake off the excess chocolate with a small salad fork or toothpick. Insert either one only about one-third the way in from the top. Twirl clockwise so that chocolate flows down strawberry and covers it evenly.
TIP: Chocolate must remain shiny while dipping the strawberries. If it becomes dull in color that means it is starting to thicken. I add little oil to the bowl of chocolate, place in microwave for 10 seconds, remove then stir until shiny and smooth again. If the chocolate is still not smooth enough than return it to microwave for additional 10 seconds and add oil as needed until it is ready.
Let the strawberries cool on a baking sheet covered in wax paper.
If you desire to add toppings then dip the strawberries into a small bowl fillled with your desired candy or nuts. You can also sprinkle them on top of the strawberries sitting on the baking sheet.
If you wish to drizzle white chocolate onto the dark chocolate then first splash some melted white chocolate onto one side of the cooled dark chocolate with a fork or wire whisk. Let white chocolate cool in refrigerator. Then splash other side of the strawberries.
Another deluxe candy gift being packed for delivery.
TIP: Be creative and place finished strawberries in a small decorative gift bag or box with bows shortly before delivering chocolate covered gift. Many stationary shops should have these articles. The bag or box could be lined with gift wrap of any color and the strawberries themselves should be in a presentable plastic bag. Keep cool inside insulated carrying case with blue ice packs during delivery.
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