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by Journals to Freedom January 21, 2020 4 min read
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Valentine's Day is right around the corner 💞 EEK! I am super excited and you know what? Valentine's Day does not have to be a big expensive show out. I think the best way to show someone how much you love them is to listen to them, spend time together, and do something thoughtful for them!
These chocolate covered strawberries are the perfect hand made gift for your sweetie! There is definitely something special about receiving a handmade item that warms the heart, especially edible gifts! I mean, Edible Arrangements® made a whole business based on this sentiment. Chocolate covered strawberries are the iconic Valentine's Day gift. You can give them to your honey wrapped with one of these free printable gift tags or Valentine's Day cards.
Or you could make them together for a fun and inexpensive date night! It's elegant and delicious, perfect for a romantic dessert for two.
This sweet treat is so versatile and easy to make; they're not just for romantic evenings. Both of my kids love to help make and eat them too! For my family, it's a bonus that this recipe is naturally gluten-free.
Definitely! Making them at least a couple of hours before you intend to gift them or eat them is best anyhow because you want to give the chocolate enough time to harden. But don't try and shortcut the process by sticking them in the freezer. You don't want your strawberries to get frozen! They won't taste good if they are mushy and watery after thawing out. But you can harden them in the fridge for 15-30 minutes, then take them out to sit at room temperature.
Store them in a cool, dry place, uncovered, on a parchment-lined baking sheet. They can be left out at room temperature for up to 10 hours.
Yes, you'll want to set and store your chocolate covered strawberries at room temperature. The most important thing is to make sure they are patted completely dry after washing. You don't want any residual water to get into the melted chocolate, it will ruin it!
Wash and dry the strawberries.
To prepare your workspace, line a baking tray with parchment paper. This is to place the dipped strawberries on.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave. Your melting chocolate package should have additional instructions. But your microwave instructions for melting the chocolate wafers will probably be similar to this: Heat the chocolate for 30 seconds on medium-high. Remove from the microwave and stir with a rubber spatula. Return it to the microwave and heat for 15-second intervals, stirring in between intervals with your spatula. Continue this process until the chocolate is completely melted and has a smooth texture with no lumps of unmelted chocolate remaining.
Dip each strawberry in the melted chocolate.
Lay the strawberries on the prepared baking sheet and allow them to rest until the chocolate has set.
Drizzle with melted white chocolate if desired.
You can use a toothpick to vary the drizzled design.
Try dipping some strawberries in the white chocolate and then drizzling with chocolate for an alternating design!
These handmade chocolate covered strawberries would be such an adorable gift wrapped in clear baggies and garnished with one of your free gift tags!
This year, give the gift of precious time spent together! You don't have to blow the budget to show your Valentine how much you love them! This gorgeous and fun Valentine's Day Binder is filled with free activities and budget-friendly ideas that will make both you and your honey feel special.
Print and frame your holiday wall art to set the scene at home for cheap, use writing prompts for a romantic walk down memory lane, bake some new recipes together or mail out sweet cards to family and friends - this binder has everything covered! 😍
This printable Valentine's Day Binder is the answer to a holiday filled with love, laughter, and memories to last a lifetime.
What you'll receive in your Valentine's Day binder:
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