So after a recent and super fun tasting trip to Sweet Petite Confections, I got a bit of inspiration to work with chocolate at home. I’d never done anything like this, but figured how hard could it be? 🙂
I also needed a project to do with my kids and Mother’s Day was around the corner. So, I decided to kill a couple birds with one stone and dove in head first.
We were recently at Costco and purchased a pretty big bag of chocolate chips (I usually use these for cookies). But, since it was so massive, I had plenty to spare for today’s project.
I’ve watched enough cooking shows to know that I needed a double boiler to get the best results for melting the chocolate, so I started digging through the cabinets to find a small pot to boil water and a glass bowl I could place on top. It wasn’t a perfect match, but close enough.
Prior to melting the chocolate, I washed a large box of strawberries (also from Costco) and make sure to thoroughly dry them so the chocolate would stick.
The double boiler worked like a charm and semi-sweet morsels quickly turned into a nice uniform liquid of hot melted chocolate.
My daughter, K, had a blast stirring!
And even more fun dipping!!
When we were done dipping, we placed the strawberries onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. I then popped them into the refrigerator for 45 minutes to harden the outside shell.
To create a contrast, I figured some white chocolate stripes would be a nice touch. So, I bought a Lindt White Chocolate bar and broke it up into a small glass bowl and again turned up the double boiler.
We used a spoon to dip into the white chocolate and drizzled the chocolate across the strawberries.
Making the stripes were fun, although I did mess up occasionally with larger clumps in areas. Oh well, it still looked decent.
Back into the fridge for 15 minutes and then we were done!
Better try these out to make sure it’s good enough to give to Mommy for Mother’s Day!
She approved. 🙂
We had a few cherries in the draw, so I had the kids dip those too. Those actually looked nice because they had a nice glisten to them.
Finally, I wasn’t sure what to do with the leftover chocolate, so I just poured the remainder on the cookie sheet and make some bark to add to the strawberries.
In the end, these were a great hit with Mommy (Jorgina) and we had plenty of extra to share with the other neighborhood Moms.