Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Decorating By RRGibson Updated 5 Sep 2008 , 2:46pm by RRGibson

RRGibson Posted 25 Aug 2008 , 6:50pm
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So, I've had a bride to request a cake with chocolate dipped strawberries. Two questions:

1. Is there a special chocolate recipe that I should be using for them?

2. How do I charge for them?

Thanks for any help you can offer!

16 replies
Mencked Posted 25 Aug 2008 , 7:11pm
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I dip my chocolate covered strawberries in melted wilton chocolate mixed with a little parafin. I charge $1/strawberry but that price will range according to where you are. You might call places that sell choc. dipped strawberries and see what they charge in your area.

jbart Posted 25 Aug 2008 , 7:16pm
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what other fruit would be good dipped in choc. for a wedding?

Deb_ Posted 25 Aug 2008 , 8:51pm
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I just did a cake this past weekend with chocolate covered strawberries on it, (see my photo, it's the only one I've downloaded so far, I'm new to this site). I wanted a high quality chocolate taste so I used Ghiradelli chocolate melted in the microwave with no additions and they turned out great. They firmed up in about 30 minutes left out on the counter. The only issue I had was when I pulled the dipped berries off of the wax paper covered cookie sheet, a few of them were a little harder to pull off than others. These few leaked some berry juice because the chocolate pulled off the bottom and stayed on the wax paper where they were resting. Fortunately, I noticed this before placing them on the cake, or they would have been slipping and sliding all over.
Maybe next time I will add a tsp. of oil to the chocolate when melting.

Gingoodies Posted 26 Aug 2008 , 1:03am
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I just did 5 dozen dipped strawberries for a rehearsal dinner yesterday. I would try to get a better quality melting chocolate than Wilton. If you have access to either of these brands.. Merkens or Wilbur melting chocolate discs, it will make a big difference in the taste. If not, using Ghiradelli or Lindt chocolate is good. I would add about 1 tsp. solid shortening (crisco) per 8 oz of chocolate. After you dip each berry, place it on a pan lined with parchment paper. They should not stick to the parchment. Good Luck.

RRGibson Posted 26 Aug 2008 , 3:52pm
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Gosh guys thanks for the tips! I know I can get Ghiradelli easily. Not sure I've seen Merkens or Wilbur in the area.

How much did you guys charge for these berries?

Deb_ Posted 26 Aug 2008 , 4:41pm
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Sorry, RRGibson, can't help you there, I did the cake for a family member as a gift. I did check out Godiva's web page and they charge about $2.50each (HTH)

Gingoodies Posted 26 Aug 2008 , 4:52pm
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I would say minimum $1.50 $1.75 per berry

teddybr218 Posted 26 Aug 2008 , 5:54pm
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Now if you you really want a treat. Try the Philadelphia, ready made cheesecake filling, add a couple teaspoons vanilla or almond extract. Cut the green part off and scoop out a little of the insides and insert a squirt of the cheesecake filling. Then dip in chocolate.

Yummy Yummy Yummy.

RRGibson Posted 26 Aug 2008 , 6:57pm
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That sounds yummy teddybr218! I've though about trying those, I bet they're good!

Since this will be my first time doing them, I think I'll go with $1.25.

Thanks for the help as always guys!

Pookie59 Posted 4 Sep 2008 , 10:21pm
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I've made chocolate covered strawberries using chocolate chips melted with a little bit of shortening. Sometimes I can get the strawberries to "stand" on their stem ends, which eliminates the sticking problem and IMO makes them look better than having that flattened area where they were placed on the cookie sheet. I have also seen strawberries dipped in chocolate and then sprinkles - very pretty.

michellesArt Posted 4 Sep 2008 , 10:34pm
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i like the effect of first dipping and then drizzling either the same chocolate (dark) or light or white chocolate. i've also seen them made into dresses or tuxes (time consuming and probably not what the bride would want on a cake)-just to jazz it up a bit. if you make sure you allow the chocolate to drip off the berry enough there shouldn't be too much of a puddle (you can get those special forks that work-i personally don't) hth icon_smile.gif

michellenj Posted 4 Sep 2008 , 10:37pm
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Originally Posted by jbart

what other fruit would be good dipped in choc. for a wedding?

Pretty much anything that is not too wet. I've only done strawberries in chocolate, but all sorts of crazy stuff for the choc. fountains.

RRGibson Posted 5 Sep 2008 , 12:52pm
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So, I tried to make a few the other day...they got stuck to the thing and the chocolate came off the strawberry! What did I do wrong?

Mencked Posted 5 Sep 2008 , 2:31pm
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Did you line whatever you put the strawberries on to dry with parchment paper or waxed paper? Kind of an important step that we may not have mentioned?!

RRGibson Posted 5 Sep 2008 , 2:46pm
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Yes, I used wax paper.

RRGibson Posted 5 Sep 2008 , 2:46pm
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Yes, I used wax paper.

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