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Rinse Fresh, Ripe Strawberries
First things first: you want to start with fresh, ripe, flavorful strawberries. Rinse them clean and pat them thoroughly dry with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel. Check out How to Wash Strawberries if you'd like more details.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
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Melt the Chocolate
You'll need about 4 ounces of chocolate for every dozen medium strawberries. You can certainly use chocolate chips, if you like, but the chocolate-dipped strawberries will only be as good as the strawberries and the chocolate you use, so use a chocolate you'd like to eat. I find dark or bittersweet chocolate with 65% to 72% cocoa works well, but milk chocolate lovers can certainly use a lighter, milkier chocolate.
See these step-by-step directions for melting chocolate if you're not... practiced at the fine art of melting, not burning, chocolate. I like to bring a pan filled with about an inch or two of water to a simmer; meanwhile I chop the chocolate and put it in a metal bowl; when the water simmers, I turn off the heat and set the bowl of chocolate in the water. The residual heat melts the chocolate, but since there is no direct heat, there is no risk of scorching the chocolate. Many people like to melt chocolate in the microwave, which also works well, just do it in short increments so you end up with melted, not burnt, chocolate.Continue to 3 of 7 below.
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Dip StrawberriesQuite simply, you now just dip the strawberries into the chocolate! Use your fingers to hold onto the stem, or pierce the stem-end of the strawberry with a small fork for better control (and less messy hands).Continue to 4 of 7 below.
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Coat Strawberry Thoroughly With the ChocolateTurn the strawberry gently through the chocolate, being sure to coat as much of it as possible (at least that's how we like them at my house!).Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Let Excess Chocolate Drip OffLet as much excess chocolate drip off the strawberry as possible – you can even run the strawberry against the edge of the bowl, if you like. Excess chocolate will just slide off as the chocolate sets, anyway, so best to return it to the bowl for the best looking chocolate-dipped strawberries when you're done.Continue to 6 of 7 below.
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Let Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries Set
Set chocolate-dipped strawberries on parchment paper or wax paper (they will stick to a plate or other surface once they chocolate sets; they are easier to "peel off" if on paper) and chill for about 30 minutes to set the chocolate.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
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Serve Chocolate-Dipped StrawberriesAfter the chocolate is set, remove chocolate-dipped strawberries from the wax paper and serve, or cover and chill for up to two days.