Chocolate covered strawberries and Valentine's Day go together like peanut butter and jelly. Whether you choose luxurious confections from Shari's Berries or make your own, nothing says romance better than chocolate covered strawberries.
For under $20, you can get a half dozen fancy chocolate covered strawberries from Shari's Berries. Add a gourmet touch to Valentine's Day when serve these decadent berries with a glass of fine French champagne for that special someone.
If Shari's Berries is beyond your budget, don't despair. Make your own homemade chocolate covered strawberries and invest in a budget bottle of champagne (which is more likely to be sparkling wine). Here is a simple recipe for the sweet confection from Food.com that is sure to say “I love you” on Valentine's Day:
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Makes 28 strawberries with a prep time of 20 minutes and total prep time of 30 minutes.
2 pints strawberries with stems
1 ½ cups milk chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons corn syrup
1 Wash strawberries and pat dry on paper towels then leave them there until they are room temperature.
2 Melt chocolate chips, butter and corn syrup in a double burner and stir occasionally.
3 Remove from head and dip each strawberry into the melted chocolate so it covers 2/3 of the berry.
4 Let excess chocolate drip off into pan and place strawberry stem side down on a waxed paper covered cookie sheet or baking pan.
5 Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes until set.
If you aren't ready to face the kitchen, make chocolate covered strawberries the easy way. Buy Magic Shell or Hershey's Hard Shell and a bag of frozen strawberries. Coat the strawberries in chocolate, which instantly turns hard. Serve with sparkling apple cider, another grocery store delight for Valentine's Day.
Chocolate covered strawberries are more than a yummy treat to lure your Valentine. Serving strawberries also shows you care about that special someone's health. Strawberries are rich in Vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants known as polyphenols.
Recently WebMD reported eating 1 cup of strawberries or blueberries each week can reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure. These latest findings appear in the February edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Serving strawberries on Valentine's Day shows you care about your loved one's heart in more ways than one.