The time has come! (the walrus said)
My article for these delicious guys is up on Patch, so click that link and check out all the goodies on strawberries.
And because most of you won’t click that link, here’s the recipe for my Drunken Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. If you didn’t guess from my teaser of these Valentine’s Day treats, I injected the berries with Triple Sec for a burst of orange flavor as you eat the berry.
WARNING: These chocolate-covered strawberries are best eaten whole, so as to save you the trouble of dribbling delicious orange liqueur down your lip. Because that’s just wasteful.
Here’s the recipe, enjoy the pics!
Drunken Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
Things you need:
- 25 medium sized strawberries (about one basket, but if you buy a three-pack, you’ve got more options for the biggest and prettiest strawberries)
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips (use dark chocolate for more contrast plus a boost in antioxidants!)
- 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
- 1-2 oz. orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
- Wax paper
- Food injector
- Microwavable bowls
- Space in your fridge
How it’s done:
- Thoroughly wash and dry your strawberries. Let them sit out, after washing, on a pan covered in wax paper for about an hour before dipping. You want absolutely no water anywhere near the chocolate.
- Fill up your food injector with the orange liqueur. Pierce each strawberry with the injector near the top of the strawberry and fill with alcohol. Only a very small amount will fill up each strawberry.
- Melt the milk chocolate chips in a microwavable bowl for about one minute on half-power. If they glisten, as if they’re wet, take them out and stir, stir, stir. Keep stirring until creamy and smooth. If they’re not yet glistening, put them back in the microwave for another 30 seconds at half-power.
- Holding the strawberry by its stem, dip the strawberry in the melted milk chocolate, side to side, then front to back. Put back on the wax paper and repeat with remaining strawberries.
- Once all the strawberries have been dipped in the milk chocolate, put them into the fridge to set the chocolate. Leave them in there for about an hour, or until the chocolate has hardened.
- Melt the white chocolate chips the same way you melted the milk. Dip a fork into the white chocolate and drizzles over the hardened milk-chocolate dipped strawberries.
- You can store these in your fridge in a plastic container for about two days.
Tips and Variations
- Dip in white chocolate and drizzle with milk or dark chocolate
- Inject champagne in the strawberries for a classier treat
- When the milk chocolate is still wet, roll in crushed graham crackers or your favorite nut
- Omit the alcohol for a kid-friendly treat
- Melt your chocolate in a double boiler instead of the microwave
- Do not, I repeat, DO NOT let any kind of moisture (cream, water, steam) near your chocolate as it melts. This will cause your chocolate to seize, that is, the cocoa and sugar in the chocolate will stick and clump together, forming a grainy dry mess. The same thing happens when you burn chocolate
Just a sneak peek of my chocolate-dipped strawberries.
Cool twist: I injected those suckers with a special ingredient! I’ll make a full post for them next week when my article is published.
Can you guess what I filled those red guys up with?
Without committing an overshare, I’ll say that I’ve been craving junk food this week–specifically chocolate.
I dove into a massive piece of chocolate cake with chocolate fudge (and fudge wasn’t just the name…it really was fudge) frosting and some kind of chocolate buttercream filling yesterday and today. It was only a buck at the bakery at Vons and it. had. to. be. mine.
In fact, writing about it right now has my buds watering. I can imagine tiny arms emerging from them with grabby hands “cake, cake, mine, mine!” Which is funny because growing up, I never really fancied cake. I would ask for a massive chocolate chip cookie for my birthday from The Great American Cookie Co. I’ve since learned to love the fluffy, moist and decadent dessert, but I might resort back to my cookie days this year for my birthday (of course, it’ll be a DIY cookie).
Anyway, while visions of chocolate are dancing in my head, I’m going to make chocolate covered strawberries this week. They’re stupidly simple (I write as I jinx myself for my next kitchen venture) and so fun to give away on Valentine’s Day–only 3 weeks away people! I’ve done them in the past–simple ones with white or milk chocolate, maybe a drizzle of the opposite chocolate on some of them. This year, I’m going to try to do the cutesy tux ones they sell on Feb. 14 and I’ll use fresh strawberries from the Coronado farmers market! My college dormmate, Katie, gave me one for my 19th birthday and I thought it was so sweet.
They really are a good gift for acquaintances, co-workers, family of spouses, etc. I even saw a cake recently when I went cake tasting with my bff Pam that had two chocolate-covered strawberries on top that was a groom and bride! So cute!
I can’t guarantee mine will look anything like this, but I will have fun with them. I’ll give you some good ideas of what to dip them in, how to properly melt the chocolate, etc.
I can’t wait to see my parents’ reaction when they see their kitchen turned upside down as I make my chocoholic dreams come true! Anyone else excited for Valentine’s Day and all the goodies that come with it??