Chocolate Dipped Halloween Strawberries
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Now that Halloween is getting closer, I have been having a ton of fun in the kitchen making fun”spooky” treats. Our most recent recipe or should I say edible craft has been made courtesy thank to the folks at Driscoll’s. Their delicious and mighty sweet California berries are perfect for chocolate dipping because they are large and juicy. We tend to purchase them when our own strawberry crop is not in season.
My kids get such a kick out of all the cutesy Halloween stuff so I thought I’d be a little ambitious and try to make ghost, Frankenstein, and pumpkin Halloween strawberries. I also added a few swizzled, and drizzled Halloween jimmy, and sugar designs to the batch to make it super fun. Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off, but I did and it was easier than I thought!
- Premium White Chocolate Morsels
- Driscoll’s Strawberries
- 3 toothpicks
- Milk chocolate Morsels for detail work
- Wilton Green and Orange Food Gels
- Wax paper for strawberry curing
- Fork for drizzling
- Halloween Jimmies & edible colored glitter
For the colored chocolate, I used premium white morsels and melted them in the microwave. However, there is a very meticulous way you must do it for it to not burn or seize. I add 1/2 cup of morsels and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to the chocolate to make it creamy and smooth. I microwave it on 50% for 20 second intervals until it is creamy. It should have around (2) twenty second intervals and a good stir in between each to reach a velvety consistency.
When working with strawberries and chocolate, washing, and then patting your berries dry is key. Even just a drop of water will seize and ruin your chocolate. I double pat dry my berries before using them, and only color my chocolate with Wilton Food grade gels. Regular food coloring will also seize your chocolate.
For the orange and green strawberries I added 2 toothpick tips worth of Wilton orange and green food gels. Then I stirred them into my melted white chocolate. I am very happy with the colors and think that part came out good. My berries are very smooth and perfect in that sense. The detail work is another story.
I think it could have been better but this was my first try. I melted 2 tablespoons of milk chocolate and dipped a toothpick in the melted chocolate to make the faces, and hair. It was fairly easy to work with and would be great for kids to have fun.