Every year, I have always received chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine’s Day. The cost of these tasty treats has steadily rised and they are expensive!! This year, I thought I would try to make these tasty treats for myself. I decided to make them as gifts for my mother and mother-in-law as well. The best part is I made all of these for under $20 total!!
I went to the Dollar Store and grabbed heart vases, bamboo chopsticks, styrofoam and red vase fillers. I used Nestle Milk Chocolate Morsels as my chocolate of choice.
I melted the chocolate morsels first. I did this by placing a saucepan over a pot of water on low heat – constantly stirring. Using toothpicks make a stand for the strawberries, so after you dip them in the chocolate you can place them on the was paper without laying the chocolate side down.
After you dip and cover the strawberry in chocolate, place on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper. Place your strawberries in the fridge to cool and let the chocolate harden before assembling your fruit arrangement.
After letting the strawberries sit, place the strawberries on the bamboo chopsticks. Use styrofoam in the vase to secure the bamboo chopsticks in place. The heart in front is an apple carved in a heart covered in chocolate. (Not needed but an extra touch of love!)
This was my first time making my own chocolate covered fruit arrangement. I learned a few things that I would have done differently .
I would use colored Styrofoam, color it yourself or don’t use a clear vase. I also was going to wrap a red ribbon around the bottom of the vase in order to cover the showing Styrofoam.
Next time, I plan to attempt using white chocolate to decorate the strawberries too! Can you imagine how awesome that decoration would look?
A special thanks to my sister-in-law for helping me in this crafty, money saving DIY adventure! I can’t wait to make them again!
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