Chocolate-covered strawberries are the perfect romantic treat for Valentine’s Day. They pair well with Champagne and sparkling wine. They look pretty on the plate. However, they are actually inexpensive and easy to make.
When pairing this with champagne, you can’t go wrong. But if you’re looking for a nuanced pairing, keep in mind that you want the Champagne or sparkling wine to be as sweet as the chocolate. “Brut” has the least sugar, which would be good for dark chocolate. While “sec” has the most, a good complement for white chocolate.
If you want to get fancy, before dipping, inject the strawberries with a little cognac, brandy or orange liqueur using a kitchen syringe.
- 6 large, ripe strawberries
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (can also use dark chocolate or white chocolate)
Wash and dry strawberries. Leave the stems on. Microwave the chocolate chips for 15 seconds at a time and stir — until the chocolate is melted. Hold the strawberries by the stem and dip them half-way into the chocolate and swirl it in a circular motion.
Place the dipped strawberry on a baking sheet covered with foil or wax paper. Place in the refrigerator for a half hour to set. The sooner you eat them, the better they will be. I do not recommend letting them sit overnight.
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