There's something great about sweet, ripe strawberries coated in a bit of hardened chocolate. They're decadent, beautiful, and make for the perfect after-dinner dessert.
We love to make them for a group, but are often thrown off by the long and messy process of it all. Then we realized the easiest chocolate-covered strawberries hack of of all time: ice cube trays. The end results will look better than using the traditional method, and you can customize the look with whatever shapes you want.
We use ripe strawberries of all sizes and chocolate chips. That's it! You can use whatever kind of chocolate chips you prefer.
Melt your chocolate over a double boiler or in a pan (you can even use a microwave or a hair dryer to make things easier), making sure to stir so that it comes out very smooth. Remove from heat once chocolate is melted.
Place your melted chocolate by the spoonful in an ice cube tray. Any sort of tray will do. We used a small, square ice cube tray from IKEA, but longer, rectangular ones would work too.
Heart- and star-shaped trays are also good if you want to add a little fun to your desserts. We even own a fish-shaped tray that would be great with this trick (though we aren't quite sure how we feel about that). As long as the strawberries can make good contact with the chocolate, you're good to go.
Our trays are rubber so we find that removing the chocolate strawberries once they've set is simple: we just pop them out.
Place your strawberries on top of the melted chocolate. We like to place ours vertical and upright, though you can lean them towards the side as well, if you'd like. We find that upright helps them balance better on a plate.
Place your strawberries and chocolate in the freezer until set. Once they've hardened, remove them from the freezer, pop them out, and wait until the strawberries have defrosted to serve them.
These strawberries are a great dessert for a crowd and look beautiful just set on the table. Sometimes, if we have extra, we add them to our ice cream or have them alongside our coffee the next morning.