Valentine’s Day is here and for those of you in a panic that you haven’t done anything special for your amour there’s still time and it comes courtesy a popular Valentine’s Day culinary pairing.
Chocolate and Strawberries go together like Romeo and Juliet, Cleopatra and Mark Antony, or Taylor Swift and boyfriend du jour.
What’s better is the two of them together (strawberries and chocolate not Taylor Swift and whomever) are not only romantic but part of a fuss-free holiday.
We have two recipes that you can whip up tonight and still score points with your sweetie.
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
You might ask, why do I need a recipe for this? Seems pretty straight forward. However, believe it or not this is one of those recipes that is easy to screw up. But not if you avoid the two biggest mistakes in chocolate dipped strawberries.
12 oz package chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk chocolate)
Wash your strawberries the night before you dip them. Spread them out on a cookie sheet and make sure they’re as dry as possible. That is mistake #1. If the strawberries are wet the chocolate won’t stick. Put toothpicks through top of strawberries for easier handling.
Pour chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Set microwave for 1:30 at high power. Stop every 15 seconds or so to check chips and stir. Don’t over melt them. This is mistake #2. Whether you use a double boiler or microwave – SLOWLY MELT your chips. If the chips get too hot, the chocolate will seize up and there is no saving it. In fact, let some of the chips remain unmelted. They’ll melt as soon as you stir them together with the melted chips.
Once chocolate is melted, dip strawberries.(If you prefer, after dipping the chocolates in strawberries dip them in coconut, peanuts or sprinkles.) Rest on waxed paper lined cookie sheet and let sit for a few minutes in a cool spot.
Chocolate Lovers Strawberry Margarita
Who doesn’t love a margarita? But there’s a way to improve the traditional strawberry margarita for your favorite chocoholic.
Strawberry Margarita or Daiquiri Mix
Mix 3 parts chocolate milk to 2 parts strawberry mix to 1 part tequila. Pour over crushed ice and garnish with chocolate covered strawberry. How easy is that?