Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

They’re decadent, chocolate-y, romantic, even heart-shaped: Chocolate-covered strawberries have long been a can’t-miss staple of Valentine’s Day, and whether you head to your favorite sweet shop to pick up a dozen (or so) or make them yourself, be sure your sweetheart doesn’t miss out on these delicious treats.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries:

Ingredients

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons shortening

2 pints medium-large strawberries

Directions

1. Melt the chocolate chips and shortening in a double boiler pan, stirring until smooth.

2. With a toothpick inserted in the strawberry, dip the lower half into the chocolate and allow excess to drip back into the pan.

3. Place dipped strawberries on baking sheets lined with parchment or waxed paper.

4. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes. Best if eaten within a few hours.

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If making them isn’t in the cards this year, there are plenty of places in the area that offer them up, beautifully made and ready to eat: