Sometimes Homemade Is Better

I’ll admit it.  I’m not great at Valentine’s Day.  I’ve tried and failed miserably.  Today I forgot the card… but I did try something new that turned out to be a hit; making homemade chocolate covered strawberries.

I wasn’t sure how they would turn out but I thought, “How hard could it be?”

My oldest is a Pinterest fanatic so I had her do some research.  She found some “how-to’s” and sent them to me.  After seeing them my confidence was bolstered.  It didn’t seem too difficult.

All we needed was some fresh strawberries and some semi-sweet chocolate.  We had the chocolate in the pantry.  All we need was the strawberries.

Closeup of Strawberries

My youngest and I were “out and about” today and picked some up. On our way home we called my oldest.  She got the chocolate melting.  We have a Chocolate Pro Melting Pot from Wilton.

Wilton Chocolate Pro

Normally, it only gets used at Christmas time for making almond bark pretzels.  It works really well!  I highly recommend it.

The chocolate was melted by the time we got home and washed the berries.  I washed them.  My youngest dried them.  She did a great job because I told her the chocolate wouldn’t stick as well if they were wet.

We took turns dipping berries and putting them on a cookie sheet.

Pot of chocolate and strawberries

Unfortunately, we didn’t get them done before my wife got home from work.  That was OK, though.  I think she enjoyed hearing my daughter say, “Look Mom! We’re dipping strawberries in chocolate!”

Finished Chocolate Strawberries

Closeup of finished strawberries

We had a fantastic supper prepared 100% by my oldest. (Seriously, teach your kids to cook)  Then, it was time to try the berries.  They were GREAT.   You could tell by our messy faces!

Yummy Chocolate

The best part?  Making them ourselves made a great memory and saved us a ton of money!  A local place was selling 6 chocolate covered strawberries for $9.99. We made 39 of them for less than that.

If you’ve never tried making your own homemade chocolate covered strawberries I highly recommend it!

What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day memory?

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