February is already here and love is in the air. Heart shaped candies fill the stores, lovey-dovey cards stock the shelves, and beautiful flowers bloom – all of this and more for 10x the usual price! …yay?
Whether you love Valentines Day or love to hate it. Whether you want to spoil your sweetie, spoil yourself, or simply eat some gosh darn chocolate covered strawberries then you’ve come to the right place!
Okay but seriously, why don’t we eat chocolate covered strawberries more often?
Personally, (as much as I joke about the cost) I’m definitely a hopeless romantic, a sucker for love, and a fan of all things happily ever after. This Valentine’s Day is actually very special as this one my sweetheart and I will be celebrating as fiancés!
Just a few short days ago, my sweetheart and I got engaged out in Lake Louise, Canada during the Ice Festival. Surrounded by intricate ice sculptures, picturesque snow-capped mountains, and the love of our family he popped the question.
And I ugly cried. Hard.
I’ll spare you the details, but I will say this…
It was perfect.
So in the spirit of all things love, turn up “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” by Elton John, grab a bottle of wine, and prepare for a little romance.
Or at the very least, some good old gosh darn chocolate, caramel strawberries!
Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes
- 1/2 lb of strawberries, washed and dried thoroughly
- 3/4 of a cup of your favorite chocolate chips
- 25 soft caramel candies (I used Werthers, but if you’re ambitious you can make your own caramel sauce. You’ll need about 1/2 a cup.)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream
- A pinch of Crystallized Maldon Sea Salt
To start, line a baking sheet with wax paper to lay the dipped strawberries on. Remember that the washed berries must be completely dry before dipping in order for the layers to stay on them.
Combine the soft caramel candies and heavy whipping cream into a bowl. Melt them together using either the double broiler method or simply the good ol’ microwave (I chose the latter). To melt in the microwave, be sure to stir the mixture every 15 seconds to avoid any burning.
Once fully melted, dip the strawberries one by one and place onto the prepared baking sheet – reheating the caramel mixture as needed for easy dipping. When all the strawberries are coated in caramel, transfer the sheet to the freezer for 10 minutes to let the caramel set.
Looking for an easier way to dip your berries? Place a toothpick in the top of each one for fully coated strawberries -minus the sticky fingers!
While the berries are cooling, start on the chocolate. Again, you can use either the double broiler mixture (which I usually prefer for chocolate) or the microwave again – just be sure to stir often to avoid burning!
Dip your caramel berries one by one into the chocolate mixture for one final coat.
Once that’s done, add any chocolate drizzle if desired and sprinkle with a pinch of finishing sea salt. For best results, add a tiny bit of sea salt over top of the strawberry immediately after you finish dipping or drizzling it in chocolate.
Now grab a nice glass of wine, your sweetie (…if you don’t mind sharing that is!), and dig in ’cause you’re done!
There we have it! A salty, sweet twist on chocolate covered strawberries!
Health & Happiness,