I love chocolate covered strawberries; I do not love how expensive they are. I was looking for an easy additional treat to serve at our Super Bowl party so I tried again to make some at home.
Start by washing your strawberries and any other fruit you are going to dip, I also used some apples. Lay them out on a cookie sheet lined with paper towels, they must be completely dry or the chocolate will not stick. (I washed mine earlier and placed them in the fridge for about an hour)
I have tried these before and they never came out right, now I have learned that tempering the chocolate makes all the difference. In the past I have used my double boiler but the chocolate never melted to the right consistency, once I tried melting in the microwave but that time again the chocolate ended up getting thick and didn’t melt right. So this time I boiled the water, turned it down to medium and placed a bowl on top with the chocolate chips, as they started to melt I added two teaspoons of shortening. Once the chocolate was melted I turned the heat down to low.
Using mini skewers make the dipping a little easier and not as messy to eat. Place the fruit on the skewer and twirl in the chocolate, and then lay fruit down on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with remaining fruit and decorate with whatever topping you like. I did a few rolled in chopped walnuts and added some drizzled frosting on a few others, this go around I also learned to let the chocolate harden a bit first before trying designs. I attempted a few with a football theme but the chocolate was still hot so the icing ran a bit) Place in the freezer for about an hour to let chocolate harden.