Just in Time for Valentine’s Day: Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Let’s face it – chocolate covered strawberries can be expensive. You order a bouquet from Edible Arrangements and you’re looking at a minimum of $29.oo for 1 dozen strawberries. $29.00?! WTF! And that is just for the strawberries and the box it comes in, it doesn’t include delivery charges. If you want them to be delivered, tack on an extra $12.00. So one dozen strawberries covered in chocolate (no sprinkles) will cost you an upwards of $40.00 when everything is all said and done. If you buy them from the bakery aisle at the grocery store, 1 single strawberry can cost you almost $2.00 a strawberry, or $5.99 for a 4 count with your Kroger Shopper Reward Card. Anyway you look at it, for a dozen chocolate covered strawberries you are still spending around $20.00. Ridiculous if you ask me.
There is a simple budget friendly solution. Make them yourself. Even making an allergy-friendly version of these decadent treats are cheaper than buying them already made. Today, this very minute, Kroger has 16 oz. containers of strawberries 2 for $4.00. So you can potentially get 24+ strawberries for $4.00. In addition to the strawberries, all you need is 1 package of Enjoy Life chocolate chips. These cost anywhere from $4.59 – $4.99 depending on where you shop. Sometimes you can get a really good buy 1 get 1 free deal from Earth Fare or $3.99 at Kroger when they are on sale. I tend to stock up when I can so I always have a bag on hand. Then you need a splash of whatever milk or milk substitute you drink at home. I drink unsweetened almond milk, but soy milk can work just fine and if you don’t have a dairy allergy – regular chocolate chips and milk work fine too.
Really – that’s all you need. $9.00 and a little bit of time and you’ve got yourself the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert, surprise, gift, etc.
1-2 16 oz. containers (depending on how many strawberries you want)
1 bag Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
Splash of Almond Milk (I used unsweetened vanilla but you can use whatever you have on hand)
Parchment Paper to prevent sticking
- Wash strawberries and pat dry, remember to leave stems as they allow easy gripping for dipping into the chocolate.
- Place 2 cups of water in a pot and top with a glass bowl.
- On medium high heat, add all of the chocolate chips to the glass bowl. Stir gently with a spatula until chocolate is smooth. You can add your almond milk at this time until you get achieve your desired thickness. I found the Enjoy Life chips tend to have a thicker consistency when they are melted than regular chocolate chips.
- Remove the chocolate from the heat to avoid burning (no one wants burnt chocolate for Valentine’s Day). Dip the strawberries into the chocolate and place onto your parchment paper.
- Allow them to cool for 45 minutes. The strawberries will get a nice hard shell.
- The strawberries will keep for 3 days covered in the refrigerator.