Our local candy store sells hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries for $14.99 per pound. Outrageous considering how insanely simple they are to make! The secret to a good coating is to make certain the berries are completely dry before you dip them. You can either leave the stem on and dip the strawberries 3/4 way for a fancier look OR stem the berries and use a skewer to dunk them completely into the chocolate.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
4 dozen lg. strawberries
12 oz bag chocolate chips (either semi-sweet or milk chocolate)
1 T. Crisco
Rinse the strawberries and pat to dry. Line a tray with waxed paper.
Microwave the chocolate chips and Crisco at 50% power for 2 minutes. Stir and continue heating at 50% power until completely melted. Stir well.
Dip each strawberry into the chocolate, allowing the excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. Set on the waxed paper lined tray.
Chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour to allow the chocolate to set. Can be made up to a day ahead. Remove from refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving.