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Homemade Frugalicious: Chocolate Covered Strawberries

by Shawanda Greene

Final Chocolate Covered Strawberries (Side View)

Homemade chocolate covered strawberries

Let’s get one thing straight. I’m probably the most non-romantical woman you’ll ever meet.

  1. I refuse to allocate one crevice of brain space to remembering anniversaries.
  2. It’s my long held belief that weddings are a waste of money, and thus, stupid.
  3. Gift giving was never an activity I wanted to get caught up in. I just don’t care enough.

But Valentine’s Day is special. I have no idea why it’s so important to me.

Side note: A lot of men try to weasel out of celebrating Valentine’s Day with the tiredest of tired excuses, “It’s a made up holiday. I’d rather treat you as if every day is Valentine’s Day.” Guys, that’s garbage, and you know it. You don’t have to take out a cash advance to show your significant other how wonderful she is.

Back to the matter at hand. Although I expect great things from my mate on Valentine’s Day, it’s quite possible I’ve never given anything in return.

Before now, reciprocation hadn’t crossed my mind.

This February 14th will be different. I want to do something nice for my chocolate loving Valentine.

So, I decided to learn how to make chocolate covered strawberries for him.

Back in the mid-2000sies, I’d spend like $3 on ONE. That’s madness!

With a $4.50 bag of chocolate and a $2.00 pound of strawberries, you can make, um, *doing the math* a whole bunch of chocolate covered strawberries for cheap.

It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s delicious.

Here’s how it’s done.

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What You Need

  • Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Chips – 11.5 ounce bag (Opt for cheap, low quality chocolate, and – trust me – you’ll hate yourself for it.)
  • Fresh Strawberries – 1 pound
  • Wax Paper
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Microwave Safe Bowl
  • Spoon (For stirring.)

What You Do

  • Cover your cookie sheet with a large piece of wax paper.
  • Clean strawberries with a damp paper towel, and set aside.
  • Pour a generous amount of chocolate chips into a microwave safe container. Don’t skimp. It’s amazing how much chocolate each strawberry uses.
  • Melt chocolate. Set your microwave’s power at 50%. Heat chocolate chips in 15 – 30 second increments, stirring occasionally, until completely melted.
  • Hold a single strawberry by its leaves, and dip it into the melted chocolate. Perform stirring motion with the strawberry to adequately cover it with chocolate. The chocolate doesn’t have to reach the very top.
  • Slowly lift strawberry out of melted chocolate, allowing any excess to drip back into the bowl.
  • Hold strawberry upside down in your hand, forcing the chocolate to run up the strawberry without dripping onto your table or counter top.
  • Place strawberry on cookie sheet.
  • Repeat until all strawberries are covered in chocolate.
  • Refrigerate for about 15 minutes.

Eat and enjoy!

WARNING: Food porn below. NSFHF (Not Safe for Hungry Folks)

Clean Strawberries on Cookie Sheet

Clean strawberries on a cookie sheet

Bowl of Milk Chocolate Chips

Bowl of Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips

Melted Milk Chocolate

Bowl of melted milk chocolate

Chocolate Covered Strawberries (Side View)

Tray of melted chocolate covered strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries (Top View)

Another tray of melted chocolate covered strawberries

Final Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate covered strawberries

What are your frugal ideas for Valentine’s Day?

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SJM February 3, 2012 at 4:12 PM

I am a huge fam of the homemade chocolate covered strawberry! As such, i have two awesome tips:

For chocolate fondue, mix the chocolate with milk or cream to keep it slightly runny and keep it from chunking up or drying out.

For chocolate covered strawberries, melt the chocolate with a little bit of vegetable oil (or some other delicious oil) and it will help it dry to a shiny, crisp-biting chocolate coating!

Yours look DELISH! And I am loving your posts on my RSS feed :-)

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Shawanda February 6, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Thanks for subscribing and leaving the helpful tip! I tried dipping the strawberries in melted chocolate and it got all hard and crusty. Guess that's why you have to add the milk.

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Charlie Webb April 8, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Just found and followed the advice from SJM – ok I realise it’s not Valentines Day but they looked so delicious I couldn’t help it. Seriously delicious. The oil was a great tip – I used coconut oil, tasted amazing with the chocolate.

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