chocolate covered strawberriesWhen I first started dating my now-fiance, I learned it was a bit of a Valentine's Day tradition for people guys to patiently wait in line at a local candy shop for their famous chocolate covered strawberries. The shop sells a whole assortment of white, milk, and dark chocolate, -- and yeah, they're pretty amazing! So I can understand why they're considered a go-to gift for V-Day.

But the thing is ... the juicy, decadent treat is so easy to DIY! And if you have the time and the tools, why not do it at home? After all, something about giving homemade ones is extra heartfelt, right? Check out the super-easy recipe ...

Chocolate Covered Strawberries from FoodNetwork.com

Ingredients

6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 ounces white chocolate, chopped
1 pound strawberries with stems (about 20), washed and dried very well

Directions

  1. Put the semisweet and white chocolates into 2 separate heatproof medium bowls. Fill 2 medium saucepans with a couple inches of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off the heat; set the bowls of chocolate over the water to melt. Stir until smooth. (Alternatively, melt the chocolates in a microwave at half power, for 1 minute, stir and then heat for another minute or until melted.)
  2. Once the chocolates are melted and smooth, remove from the heat. Line a sheet pan with parchment or waxed paper. Holding the strawberry by the stem, dip the fruit into the dark chocolate, lift and twist slightly, letting any excess chocolate fall back into the bowl.
  3. Set strawberries on the parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the strawberries. Dip a fork in the white chocolate and drizzle the white chocolate over the dipped strawberries.
  4. Set the strawberries aside until the chocolate sets, about 30 minutes.