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Coast Candymakers: Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

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SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

By: Island View Pastry Chef Meagan King 

1. Gather your strawberries and place them in a bowl.  

2. Wash and dry them thoroughly with a clean paper towel. The drying step is very important because if any water is left on the strawberry, the chocolate will seize up (or become unusable) causing you to have to start over. 

3. Once your berries are washed and dried, now it's time to melt your chocolate. 

4. You can melt your chocolate one of two ways: Either in the microwave or using a double boiler. 

a. If you are going to be using the microwave, place your chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for no longer than 15-30 seconds at a time. After each session in the microwave be sure to stir your chocolate. Repeat this step until your chocolate is completely melted. 

b. If you choose to do the double boiler then you will need a pot that is filled with 1-2 inches of water. Bring the water to a simmer. You will then place a bowl over the pot of water (make sure it fits snug, you don't want any steam getting into your chocolate), stir the chocolate until it is completely melted. Once melted remove the bowl and set on the counter. 

5. You're now ready to dip your strawberries.  

6. Make sure you gather all the green on your strawberries, so that it is out of the way of the chocolate and hold them by this greenery as you dip them into the chocolate. You want to make sure that your berry is dipped all the way up to the green so that you have no strawberry showing.  

7. Once the strawberry has been completely submerged in the chocolate pull it out and hold it over you chocolate bowl for roughly 5 seconds to let the excess chocolate drip off. 

8. Place your dipped strawberry on a piece of parchment paper until the chocolate is completely firm. Once this step is complete you can drizzle the strawberries with white chocolate using a spoon to put the stripes on. 

9. Again let the strawberries sit until they are completely firm. 

Chocolate Suggestions: 
Baking chocolate, CandiQuik, or Chocolate wafers (usually found at Hobby Lobby or Michaels), Ghirardelli baking chocolate (found on the baking isle). 

Note: I would not suggest using chocolate chips as there is a preservative in them that causes them not to melt down correctly. This will give your strawberries an unappealing look. 

Storage Suggestions: The best way to store the strawberries are in the refrigerator for up to three days. If you plan to keep them out on the counter they will not hold for more than one day. They cannot be frozen. 

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