Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Well it’s that time of year again, Valentine’s Day! We usually do the traditional holiday gestures… candy, cards, flowers, date night and etc. This year I thought I would give a two part gift; you know, stretch it out a bit. First were the homemade chocolates in a heart shaped box, and now, chocolate covered strawberries.

We really try to express our love each and every day so really Valentines Day is just a day or rather an excuse to have chocolate. I want him to know I appreciate and love him everyday in the year and he feels the same. I don’t think we’ve had a day that we didn’t say “I Love You”. Do we have disagreements? Of course we do, what healthy relationship doesn’t? That too has allowed us to grow closer. We learn to disagree artfully and then resolve it. Over the years he and I have learned what triggers to avoid and what drives the other crazy.

I’m a little ashamed to say when we first met if he said something that I really didn’t like I would roll my eyes. It wasn’t long before he told me he really hated when I did that. So I worked on that, it was a habit is all and before long I stopped doing it. One thing in our relationship that we have developed is respect for the other. Now if it sounds like we have this marriage thing worked out perfectly and we are the perfect couple you would be incorrect! However, we do have a really good relationship and because of the love we always work at it, don’t get lazy.

Anyway let’s make chocolate covered strawberries. I did them with good chocolate chips because I know everyone can get those. Use whatever chocolate you like. We don’t care for white chocolate (is that really chocolate)? You can roll in nuts, sprinkles and etc. I was filming and the chocolate cooled too fast for me to do too much I’ve only got two hands so these are just milk and dark chocolate.

Ingredients

3oz. Chocolate
1 teaspoon oil your choice I used grapeseed oil
15 med size strawberries if possible with stem attached

Lay parchment paper down on a cookie sheet. Lightly brush off any debris on the berries… I washed mine the day before and let them dry completely. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or the set up I use on the video as we don’t have a double boiler but this works great, it really does. When chocolate is melted add oil and stir. Dip each berry and twirl to coat bottom half. If you’re using sprinkles dip in this as well when the chocolate hasn’t set yet. Set on parchment and continue the process. If you like white chocolate you can melt it too and drizzle over each berry after they have set. Refrigerate berries until chocolate has set completely. These should be dipped and consumed the same day.

Jan