I’ve been sitting here for a few minutes trying to find a good reason to share Chocolate Covered Strawberries (finger foods for holiday parties! food themed gift baskets!), but the reality is, I make these more often than I’d like to admit, for no special reason… just simply because they are such a delicious little piece of heaven that really doesn’t need to cost $30.
No mind blowing recipe today, although I will say that these actually are great for holiday parties and gift baskets (you’ll see I dipped mine in Christmas colored sprinkles– these are also great with white chocolate and blue sprinkles for some red, white, and blue patriotic holidays, and pretty much any color variation you can think of for whatever excuse you can find to make them).
You will need:
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (or whatever chocolate you like :))
2 tbsp shortening
Sprinkles, if desired
Just like the Buckeye recipe, you can definitely melt your chocolate without shortening, but again, it is SO much more workable with the shortening mixed in. You will definitely get a cleaner coat of chocolate this way.
Wash up your strawberries, and begin to melt shortening and chocolate together by placing in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in intervals of 30 seconds, stirring each time. Be careful not to burn your chocolate– when you are stirring it, you may still have some solid looking pieces, but the more your stir the more they will melt. Once fully melted, begin to dip your strawberries, covering them as desired.. Immediately after dipping in chocolate, dip the still wet strawberries into sprinkles. Repeat with all strawberries.
They wind up looking pretty cute and fancy– you can stay minimal with the sprinkles (see: red sprinkles) or way over do them (see: green sprinkles) and have a pretty dessert either way. A fun and easy little holiday treat 🙂