These are perfect for Valentine's Day, a bridal shower or wedding reception, an anniversary or retirement celebration, or just for a special romantic treat with someone you love.
USE THE RIGHT CHOCOLATE! I try to use the best quality chocolate that I can for dipping – whether it’s dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate. Ghirardelli are always a favorite, but you can use a high quality chocolate bar or Wilton Chocolate Melts.
MELT THE CHOCOLATE. There are different ways to melt the chocolate – choose the one that works best for you. Whether you melt it in a glass measuring cup in the microwave (30 seconds at a time on 50% power), in a double boiler on the stove (over just simmering and not boiling hot water), or in a Wilton Chocolate & Candy Melting Pot (my favorite way to melt chocolate!), just remember that you don’t want any moisture or high heat involved. Any moisture will cause your chocolate to seize up, high heat will cause chocolate to burn or seize up – and in either case you’ll need to start all over with new chocolate – and that would make you cry! COOKING SCHOOL SECRET: Add a teaspoon of coconut oil or vegetable shortening to the chocolate when you are melting it, and it will help keep it smooth, shiny, and the perfect light consistency for dipping.
PREPARE YOUR PANS. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and have them ready. Also, make sure that you have space in your refrigerator or another cool location so that the chocolate will set-up once you’ve dipped your berries.
TOP WITH SPRINKLES OR EXTRAS AS YOU GO. If you want to add sprinkles, now is the time to sprinkle those on top or dip the berries into shallow bowls of your favorite toppings – berry by berry, as you go. The chocolate will start to harden within a minute of dipping, so you don’t have time to go back and do this later on. Sprinkles are always beautiful, but you can also dip into coconut, toffee pieces, cookie crumbles, nuts, mini M&M’s…whatever you fancy!
DOUBLE DIPPING, DRIZZLING, SWIRLING or SPRINKLES. After the chocolate has set up and hardened, you can double dip, drizzle or swirl with additional melted chocolate. Be as creative as you like! Drizzle with more chocolate or colorful white chocolate – have fun!