Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Makes about 24

 

Ingredients

16 ounces milk chocolate chips

2 tablespoons shortening

1 pound fresh strawberries with leaves

8 ounces white chocolate chips plus 1 teaspoon shortening, optional *
 
Other topping ideas: Chopped nuts, shredded coconut, candy sprinkles, mini chocolate chips or candies, crushed graham crackers, crushed cookies
 
Directions
Cover a large baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.
 

Microwave chocolate chips at 30-second increments for about 1 minute and 45 seconds, stirring until chocolate starts to melt. Add the shortening, stir until smooth, and dip the strawberries into the chocolate mixture, holding by the stems.

 

Roll strawberries in toppings, or place strawberries onto the wax paper lined baking sheet. Set in the refrigerator to harden, at least 20 minutes and up to 1 day. Allow chocolate coating to harden before creating designs with white chocolate, if desired.

 

* Tip: To create designs with white chocolate on top of strawberries, melt white chocolate in 30-second increments until beginning to melt. Add 1 teaspoon shortening and stir until smooth (if you want, you can also add food coloring at this point). Pour chocolate into a piping bag or squeeze bottle with small tip; design as desired. Refrigerate to set.

 

Enjoy!