A classic and elegant dessert, chocolate-dipped strawberries offer a delightful contrast between the natural sweetness and slight acidity of ripe strawberries and the smooth, rich taste of melted chocolate. This recipe is straightforward, requiring only a few high-quality ingredients to create a visually impressive and tasty treat. Perfect for special occasions or as a thoughtful homemade gift, these chocolate-dipped strawberries can be customized with various chocolate types and optional toppings to suit different tastes. Preparation involves minimal cooking skills, focusing on the technique of melting chocolate properly and ensuring the strawberries are fully coated for a uniform finish. Whether for a romantic gesture, a festive celebration, or simply indulging in a luxurious snack, this recipe provides a guide to making perfectly dipped strawberries that are as enjoyable to make as they are to eat.
85 grams (1/2 cup/3 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
45 ml (3 tablespoons) heavy cream
15 ml (1 tablespoon) light corn syrup (optional, for added gloss)
12 long-stemmed perfect strawberries
Toasted coconut, crushed toasted almonds, or chocolate sprinkles (optional)
Melt the chocolate and cream together in a bowl set over simmering water until just melted. Add corn syrup, if using. Stir and remove from the heat.
2. Dip each strawberry in chocolate and set aside on a tray lined with waxed or parchment paper to dry and set. If desired, while the chocolate is still tacky, roll or sprinkle each berry in toasted coconut, toasted almonds, or chocolate sprinkles. Chill.
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