Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Our DIY Hand Dipped Strawberries Are Fun, Festive And Super Easy To Make

At least a half dozen people have reached out inquiring about the dipped strawberries I made for Sophie's 2 Year Gotcha Day. After posting the recipe for the homemade Blueberry Cupcakes With Buttercream Frosting, I forgot to add a post about the strawberries. I have no shame in admitting I'm a dork at times. Total. Dork. Moment.

Yes, I still use the word dork.

Purchasing dipped strawberries is expensive. You can pay up to $20 for a half dozen. I've seen gourmet shops sell a dozen for $50 and up. In my opinion, that's ridiculous. For Sophie's Gotcha Day, I made 3 dozen and the total cost was right around $5.

Strawberries are in season now so that kept the cost down.

Making hand dipped strawberries is very easy. Not only are they delicious, hand dipped strawberries make awesome gifts for any season.

Start with whole strawberries with the stems on. Wash. Allow the strawberries to dry thoroughly. Line an area of your counter or kitchen table with wax paper.

Melt your chocolate of choice.

If you're going to share these with your pup, DO NOT use chocolate. ONLY use white chips. 

I use a good bag of chocolate chips or white chips. You can use a double boiler or microwave. If you're going to use the microwave, melt at 15 second increments and stir each time. Chocolate is very sensitive and burns quickly. If one morsel burns, the entire batch is doomed.

Once your chocolate of choice has melted, dip the strawberries. Use a fork or spoon to swipe off the excess chocolate and round off the bottom.

If you're not going to decorate the strawberries with sprinkles, keep dipping until your chocolate runs out. However, if you're going to add sprinkles or crushed candies, you'll want to do this after you dip each strawberry. The chocolate hardens fast and once hardened, the sprinkles or crushed candy won't adhere.

DIY hand dipped strawberries are fun to make and you can get as creative as you want. Add sprinkles, crushed candy, or you can drizzle with a secondary chocolate once dipped.

Have fun and enjoy!

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