A Very Sweet Valentine’s Day Treat: Homemade Chocolate Covered Strawberries

So simple, so delicious, so timeless for heart day – chocolate covered strawberries! Yes, I know you can buy these in stores. But seriously – they are SO easy to make, in addition to saving money and making more than a few in a box haha! Because (let’s be honest) these can be devoured in large portions pretty quickly! These are one of my favorite treats to make for Valentine’s Day, and I smile every year I make these because they were the FIRST Valentine’s Day gift/thing I semi-made in the kitchen for Chad (my boyfriend) six years ago on our first heart day together! I included a fun collage of what I made for that Valentine’s Day (bad photo quality and all) below. He also TIE-DYED me a rose (which still SUPER impresses me!). In my opinion, homemade gifts go a long way and are honestly better than anything you can buy in a store. Have fun with these – use your favorite chocolate, add your favorite toppings or random things you have around the kitchen – with any combination, you can’t go wrong! 🙂

Makes Around 2-3 Dozen (Depending on Size of Strawberries)

Recipe by © Alysha Melnyk 2018

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THROWBACK TO VALENTINE’S 2012!!!! Where I literally dipped EVERYTHING in chocolate and also made massive quantities to make sure Chad had enough to eat (I may or may not have gone a bit overboard). Our college dorm “kitchen” was only equipped to handle so much.

Kitchen Tools:

Microwave

Medium Microwave-Safe Bowl

Mixing Spoon

Parchment Paper

Plates/Bowls for Various Toppings

Storage Container for Freezer/Refrigerator

Ingredients:

*Disclaimer – I am including certain brand names of things I use (just because they are personal favorites of mine), but feel free to use whatever brand you like, is the cheapest, is on sale, what you have on hand, etc.*

2 Pounds of Strawberries (I didn’t use all of these and had about a cup left – but I would rather have leftover strawberries than leftover melted chocolate haha!)

10 Ounces Chocolate Chips of Choice (I used a 10 ounce bag of milk chocolate chips)

1 Tablespoon Pure Vegetable Oil

Assorted Toppings of Choice: I used Michele’s Chocolate Cherry Granola, almond butter, crushed cookies, chia seeds, raw cacao nibs, walnuts and sprinkles. Other fun ideas could be conversation hearts, favorite cereals, other favorite candies, etc.

Instructions:

  1. First, wash strawberries and allow to air dry or gently pat dry.
  2. Prepare toppings by placing them on various plates/in bowls for easy sprinkling after dipping.
  3. Line storage container for refrigerator with parchment paper (that way you can place freshly dipped strawberries right on top without making a mess). I used a brownie container with a snap on lid to store them all.
  4. Pour chocolate chips and vegetable oil in microwave safe bowl, mixing to combine/coat chocolate chips in the oil.
  5. Microwave in 30 second increments, mixing in between to help combine everything. Be careful to not overcook the chocolate, because you can’t salvage it once it is overcooked (I have learned this the hard way haha!).
  6. Once chocolate is smooth/melted, dip strawberries in and sprinkle with toppings, placing on parchment paper.
  7. Once all strawberries are dipped and coated with toppings of choice, place in freezer for 15 minutes to help chocolate set or in the refrigerator for longer term storage.
  8. Enjoy! 🙂

*Store leftovers in refrigerator.*

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