I love celebrating Valentine’s Day. I don’t think it needs to be a big ordeal involving gifts and cards. It doesn’t even have to involve going out to dinner. In fact, my favorite way to enjoy the holiday is by having a quiet, romantic dinner for two at home. Nothing overly heavy, just small bites that are full of flavors.
Of course, the dessert must include chocolate.
To me, chocolate is the foundation for any romantic dessert and one of my favorite ways to eat is simply paired with fresh strawberries. They can be enjoyed fondue style, but that involves a bit of work before serving (and possibly a fondue pot). Classic chocolate dipped strawberries are even better because you can prepare them in advance and keep them chilled until it’s time for dessert. They’re sweet, light and fresh. A perfect romantic dessert for Valentine’s Day.
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries are the perfect Valentine's Day Dessert!
- 16 ounces fresh strawberries
- 4 ounces high quality bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 4 ounces high quality white chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus more as needed
- optional: 1/4 cup sweetened coconut flakes, toasted
- optional: 1/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
Wash and thoroughly dry the strawberries. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and set aside.
Heat the bittersweet chocolate and 1/2 tablespoon butter together in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water and stir until smooth.
One at a time, dip the strawberries into the chocolate, turning the berries to make sure they’re evenly coated (I like to leave a hint of red at the top). Gently shake the excess chocolate back into the bowl. If using, dip the tip of the strawberry into either the toasted coconut or nuts. Place the strawberry on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat this process with half of the remaining strawberries.
Heat the white chocolate and 1/2 tablespoon butter together in a separate heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water and stir until smooth. The white chocolate might not thin out as much as the bittersweet chocolate. If needed, add up to an additional tablespoon of butter. Repeat the chocolate dipping process with the remaining strawberries and place on the prepared baking sheet.
Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator and chill until the chocolate sets, approximately 30 minutes.
Feel free to substitute semi-sweet or milk chocolate for the bittersweet chocolate! Other nuts may be substituted for hazelnuts.
Disclaimer: I was paid to develop a recipe for California Strawberries in conjunction with their 4th Annual Most Romantic Strawberry Recipe Photo Contest. As always, all opinions are my own.