I once had a devoted young man in my life who did it ALL on Valentine's Day - flowers, candy, meticulously planned out lavish dinner and you know what? It was kind of annoying.
Fast forward to today and H...As with many things in life, I'm at the opposite end of the spectrum now. What to do? Just enough to make him feel guilty AND whatever I want...with or without his knowledge. (There is NOTHING wrong with buying yourself a new pair of shoes or even a refrigerator - that's another story - for Valentine's Day.)
I'll report on dinner tomorrow, but as for dessert...
Sometimes the standard things are just right and that's how I feel about chocolate dipped strawberries. The most important thing is NOT TO REFRIGERATE THEM. Okay, if you're a bit over zealous and you've made 20 for the 2 of you, go ahead and refrigerate the five you have left, but they will in no way resemble the ones you've tasted at room temperature. They will hold up fine for a day or two.
Melt 4 oz. dark chocolate (mix your favorites, if you wish) with 1 tablespoon of Crisco. (Please don't tell anyone I told you that and deny it if someone asks.) There is simply no other way to get a perfectly smooth dippable consistency that hardens nicely. Cream won't harden as well and you'll have an issue with the room temperature part. For a dual chocolate coating, melt 4 oz white chocolate with you know what. Actually, you may want to start with the white and then move on to the dark, but either way works.
Melt the chocolate with the...shhhhhh...Crisco in the microwave - about a minute and a half, stir and then microwave another 10 to 15 seconds until not quite melted. Stir well and just before you're ready to dip, put the bowl back in the microwave for 10 seconds. Lean the bowl on the edge of a coaster to give you a deeper pool of chocolate in which to dip. Let sit for a half hour or so and then dip the strawberries in your contrasting chocolate or use the same one and drizzle on a different chocolate. Whatever floats your boat..
I dip the first side of the strawberry at an angle, the second in a different chocolate at an opposite angle, and then drizzle a little extra chocolate over. Enjoy!