Valentine's Day is most certainly the day to eat chocolate to my heart's content. Naturally, I crave chocolate-dipped strawberries around this time. They're fun to make and in my experience, friends and family always adore them.
To make these strawberries, you'll need a variety of chocolate. I used three different kinds: white, milk, and bittersweet. But you can also use dark chocolate or any other flavor you like.
Wash and thoroughly dry your strawberries. To make dipping a breeze, I poked a toothpick into each one. This method is also helpful if you want to avoid letting your chocolate-covered strawberries dry with a "flat side".
Melt each kind of chocolate in a double boiler then temper. If you're lazy like me, separate the chocolates into their own bowls and microwave at 10-second intervals + stir in between each heating. The consistency should be runny. Use a touch of vegetable shortening if needed.
While holding the toothpick, pull the leaves back to avoid a leafy chocolate mess then dip + coat your strawberry.
Fill piping bags or resealable plastic bags with chocolate and snip a corner to decorate your strawberries. I tried different simple designs: stripes, swirls, dots, and even a tuxedo-print. Don't worry if you mess up (I certainly did!) - they still taste just as good!
To avoid the "flat side" look, let your design set by poking the end of the toothpick into a Styrofoam board or in my case, an upside-down plastic fruit container.