Is it really that day of the year again already? Valentine’s day is upon us, so we decided to share one of our new favorite romantic desserts: these chocolate covered strawberry roses are as delicious as they look! This is a beautiful, unique gesture for your significant other, or as a me-day treat (I’ll be consuming it as the latter).
I love chocolate covered anything, but chocolate covered strawberries are my ultimate weakness. I love the contrast of the juicy, fresh strawberries coated in rich chocolate. While both ingredients are sweet, they bring such a different flavors and textures to the palate. Don’t get me wrong, fancy chocolate in a box is amazing too, but fresh fruit complements the chocolate so well, and is a little easier on my stomach.
This recipe can also be vegan-ized! Just replace the conventional chocolate with cacao nibs, or dairy-free chocolate. If you go with cacao nibs, these roses are paleo-diet friendly as well.
This recipe allows for a lot of creativity when it comes to covering the strawberries in chocolate. As you can tell, we experimented with both white and milk chocolate, as well as with solid colors and drizzles. I found that just a milk chocolate covering led to the delicate features of the “petals” being somewhat concealed, so I stuck with white chocolate as the base for most of them. I did like the milk chocolate as more of an accent drizzle, though. Of course, it’s totally up to you!
We didn’t do much with the “stems” (wanted to keep it minimalistic), but again, there’s a lot of flexibility here. We used cake pop stems, but you could use metal/bamboo/wood kabob sticks, or fake rose stems as well. Color could be experimented with by coloring the stems with markers or paint (Just make sure they’re non-toxic). The stems could also be wrapped in ribbon or covered in glitter. The opportunities are endless!
Smaller strawberries can by more difficult to turn into roses, so I considered them “rosebuds” and left them uncut. Since I didn’t have to worry about covering up the petals, I layered on multiple layers of white and milk chocolate for a marbled look.
For presentation, these chocolate covered roses look great bouquet style in a small vase. You may need to use foam on the bottom to keep the stems in place. They can also be artfully arranged on a plate, or as a surprise inside a chocolate box!
- 1 lb strawberries
- 1 cup milk or white chocolate chips (Substitute with cacao nibs or dairy-free chocolate chips for the vegan version)
- 1 tablespoon Roots and All coconut oil
- (Not for consumption) Wood, metal, or plastic rods for the “stems”
How to Make it:
- Cut stems off of strawberries.
- Spear the cut-off end of the strawberries with the fake “stem”.
- Cut strawberries like roses: Use either this video or guide (This may take some practice).
- Heat chocolate and coconut oil together in a small bowl for about 1-1:30 minutes in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds.
- Gently dip strawberries into chocolate mixture. Use as light of a coating as possible to retain the delicacy of the petals.
- Line sheet pan with parchment paper and lay dipped strawberries onto sheet.
- Freeze 20-30 minutes.
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