I was at this little market in Lemon Grove called “Farmer’s Market” to pick up some carne asada for dinner tonight when I noticed they were selling boxes of stem-on strawberries for $2.99 a pack (which had about 20 strawberries in it). I immediately thought of chocolate covered strawberries and bought a box to dip myself. I went across the street to Alberston’s to get a bag of chocolate chips (they didn’t have my favorite, Guittard, so I settled for Ghirardelli). They had a station inside the store with a girl making chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine’s Day – 6 strawberries for $12.99! What a rip off. Mine cost $6.49 for the box of strawberries and a bag of chocolate and I have leftover chocolate for another day. Score.
They’re so pretty with the long stems on them!
I actually made 2 batches – I made 6 at Jake’s earlier and then made the rest when I got home. I wasn’t going to make any at Jake’s until he asked me why I wasn’t making any – he had told me he wouldn’t eat any. After he asked me about it I made a few for a trial run and he ended up eating three of the strawberries – hah!
I’ve learned that the “trick” to melting chocolate on the stove is to turn the heat all the way down after the water comes to a boil – it should just be barely roiling. Anything higher can scorch the chocolate which is an unhappy situation.
This is my assistant, trying to sniff my strawberries.
Sorry, puppy assistants do not get chocolate.
I had some leftover white chocolate at home so decided to experiment using both chocolates. The strawberries were really juicy and perfect and tasted awesome with the chocolate on top. So, so good!
Make some for yourself and your sweetie and avoid overpriced strawberries at the store! Happy Valentine’s Day!