So, let me start by saying ANY day is a good day for chocolate covered strawberries. But, football strawberries make a fun Super Bowl treat and there is also just something extra sweet about chocolate strawberries on Valentine's day! Now, get the details to make your own!
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Ingredients and Supplies:
- Chocolate for dipping. I used Candiquik (super easy!)
- Vanilla almond bark OR tub of vanilla icing
- wax or parchment paper
- cookie sheet
- Sandwich bag for piping icing/vanilla almond bark
Steps to make chocolate covered strawberries:
Allow about 30-40 minutes to make these treats. It's definitely not hard, it just takes a bit of time.
1. Wash and dry the strawberries.
Allow strawberries to fully dry prior to dipping in chocolate. If you are in a hurry, just blot with paper towels vs allowing to air dry.
2. Heat chocolate
I found this Candiquik chocolate on sale at my local grocery store. Any meltable chocolate will work. Chocolate almond bark also works really well!
For this particular chocolate or almond bark chocolate, simply heat for 60 seconds in the microwave then stir thoroughly. Heat as needed in 15 second increments until melted. Just don't overheat.
3. Dip your strawberries
Hold the tops of the strawberries by the green stem, coat in chocolate, then allow to drip somewhat prior to placing on the cookie sheet covered in parchment (or wax) paper.
4. Cool strawberries in refrigerator 10 minutes
Allow the strawberries to cool for ~10 minutes so the chocolate will set up for the next step.
5. Melt vanilla almond bark for drizzling
Just like the chocolate, microwave the vanilla almond bark for 60 seconds, then stir. If more melting is require, heat in 15 second increments (stirring each time) until fully melted.
6. Pipe vanilla almond bark on strawberries
I love to use a sandwich bag to pipe icing. It makes it so easy and you can just throw the mess away when you are finished.
Simply spoon the icing/almond bark into the sandwich bag and cut a tiny bit off of the corner. Works like a charm for easy icing piping. If you have never done this before, Baking Kneads have an easy tutorial!
So...waiting until the almond bark is slightly cool really helps! Otherwise, the almond bark runs too much and your footballs don't quite look like footballs!
But, I was in a hurry preparing for our Super Bowl party. I did not have a lot of time. I can honestly say, my guests didn't seem to mind!
I think it's fun to make a few embellishments with the almond bark to decorate the plate.
If you are making chocolate strawberries for Valentine's day or some other special occasion, just drizzle the vanilla icing over the strawberries, passing back and forth.
7. Put in the fridge for an additional 5-10 minutes
Done! So easy and so pretty. BUT, most of all, absolutely delicious!