Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re like me then you love to indulge in decadent gourmet strawberries. A couple of years ago my husband bought a dozen or so from Shari’s Berries. If you’ve ever ordered from them, then you know how juicy and super-sweet they are.
I wanted to try making my own chocolate-covered strawberries at home, but I just could not figure out how to make them juicy like the one’s my hubby got me. I don’t know about you, but when I purchase fresh strawberries they are always a little tart. And after tasting gourmet strawberries, there is simply no going back.
I saw many tutorials for ways to sweeten your berries, but none were doing the trick. I decided to experiment a bit, and after a couple fails I came up with this easy method. If you have a sweet tooth, 24 hours to spare, and you want to impress your Valentine, then this tutorial is for you.
You’re going to need to buy fresh strawberries, as well as frozen strawberries. Wash and dry your fresh strawberries, and set them aside.
Boil some water, and then add in your frozen strawberries. Continue to boil for about 10 minutes until the berries become mushy and lose color.
Once the berries are mushy, you can remove them. Stir in some sugar, and you now have a syrup. Let this syrup cool down completely.
Now you’re going to take a toothpick and gently poke holes in your strawberries. Be careful, you don’t want the holes to be too big, and you don’t want the toothpick to break off in your berry.
If your syrup is completely cool, put your berries into a bowl and pour in the syrup. Cover the bowl and refrigerate your berries for 24 hours. Every few hours or so you can turn your berries over in the syrup to make sure they are being infused on all sides.
After 24 hours, remove them from the syrup and dry the strawberries with paper towels before dipping them in candy melts or chocolate.
- A dozen fresh strawberries
- 1½ cups of frozen strawberries
- 4 cups of water
- 1½ cups of sugar
- Supplies: toothpicks, parchment paper, paper towels, mixing bowl
- Wash and dry your fresh strawberries. Set aside.
- In a saucepan, bring water to a boil.
- Once water is boiling add in frozen strawberries. Continue to boil for 10 minutes.
- Reduce heat to low when strawberries become mushy and lose coloring.
- Simmer for additional 5 minutes.
- Remove strawberries from saucepan and dispose.
- Stir in sugar until it is dissolved to make a syrup.
- Turn off heat.
- Set aside syrup and allow to cool completely.
- Take your fresh strawberries and poke holes into them with a toothpick. Push the toothpick gently through all sides of the strawberry.(top, bottom, front, and back).
- Place your fresh strawberries into a bowl.
- Pour your cooled syrup into the bowl of strawberries.
- Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
- Every few hours or so turn each strawberry over with a spoon to completely infuse them with the syrup.
- After 24 hours remove the strawberries from the syrup.
- Gently pat them dry with paper towels.
- Strawberries are now ready for dipping and decorating.