These chocolate covered strawberries are easy to make and can be made with no refined sugar!
One of my favorite indulgences has to be chocolate covered strawberries. I don’t have them very often, which I think makes them extra special. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, shops a gearing up for gourmet chocolate covered strawberries. But they are so expensive!!! Tasty, but expensive. Instead, try these easy DIY strawberries. I promise you they are simple to make and hard to get wrong. And you may be left with some spare chocolate to do…. well, anything you like with. Even if it’s a bit naughty.
To make these strawberries, make my No Fail Ganache (recipe listed below). You simply melt equal amounts of semi-sweet chocolate chips and unsalted butter together. Allow to cool to room temperature. The colder the chocolate is, the thicker it will be. If the ganache is too stiff, simply pop it in the microwave for a few seconds until you reach the desired consistency. Also, the bowl for the ganache should be deep enough for the strawberries to be nearly covered in chocolate.
Dip strawberries in the ganache, let the excess chocolate drip off, then place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Place in the fridge for 10 minutes or more to allow to cool further. Then recoat by dipping the strawberries in chocolate a second time. Again, place the chocolate covered strawberries on parchment paper and refrigerate. This allows the chocolate to harden. It also keeps the strawberries fresh for longer.
These chocolate covered strawberries look and taste great just like this, but for an added flare you can add a drizzle of white chocolate. To do this, melt white candy melts and drizzle. I prefer to use a bottle (kind of like a ketchup bottle you find at restaurants). You could also use a piping bag with a small circle tip. Drizzle the white chocolate in a thin line, going back and forth over the strawberry, going past the edge of the strawberry on each pass. You know you have done it right when you leave white chocolate on the parchment paper.
The last step is my favorite. Eat and enjoy delicious chocolate covered strawberries!!
If you would like to make these free of refined sugar, use sugar free chocolate chips, like these from Hershey’s.
No Fail Ganache
- 6 Tablespoons Butter
- 6 oz Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Melt the butter and chocolate chips in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until just melted. Then, remove from heat.
Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before applying to cake. Ganache should be cooled, but not hardened and thick.
Putting hot chocolate on buttercream can melt the buttercream! Placing the cake in the fridge prior to applying the chocolate can help prevent melting.