It’s easier than you think to make this show-stopping gift for a special Valentine. Strawberries dipped in chocolate are a Valentine’s Day delight.
Wash, drain and pat strawberries dry with paper towels. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. In a double boiler, melt dark chocolate chips in 1 tablespoon of the shortening. In another double boiler, melt white chocolate chips with remaining ½ tablespoon shortening. Hold strawberries at stem (or insert wooden toothpick or skewer in each berry) and dip in dark chocolate to cover two-thirds of the berry. Allow excess chocolate to drip off. Place berries on the baking sheet to cool. If desired, place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes or until chocolate is set.
Remove baking sheet from refrigerator. Use a toothpick or wooden skewer that has been dipped in the melted white chocolate. Drizzle the white chocolate over the chocolate-dipped strawberries in a zigzag pattern. Remove toothpicks or skewers before serving. Makes 18-24 berries (depending on size). Note: A small electric crock-pot or fondue pot may be used to melt chocolate instead of a double boiler.
Place chips in a microwave-safe container. Add shortening. Heat on medium power for 30 seconds. Stir mixture until completely melted and smooth. Continue heating on medium power for additional 30-second intervals. Repeat process until completely melted and smooth. The melted chocolate will retain its chip shape until stirred. Dip berries as described above. Chill in a refrigerator for 15 minutes or until firm.
Short-Cut Method: When time is of the essence, follow package directions and melt one 8-ounce carton of chocolate melting candy wafers (sometimes called melts or discs). These commercial products may be found in the produce section of the supermarket or a variety of colors and flavors may be found at cake decorating outlets.