Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Melissa Kossler Dutton

When Columbus Parent asked Lisa Radwanski to help us decide if making chocolate-covered strawberries was a kid-friendly project, the Grove City mother happily agreed. Radwanski and her daughters enjoy cooking and often give homemade gifts to friends and family.

On the day we visited, Radwanski's oldest daughter, Kate, was in school so she enlisted a family friend to help.

Four-year-old Sarah and her friend, Aidan Stammen, 5, were up to the challenge. They eagerly washed and dried the berries. After Radwanski melted the chocolate, the children quickly mastered dipping the strawberries in chocolate and carefully setting them on parchment paper to set.

"It's going to be a good one," Sarah said as she swirled a large strawberry through the container of melted white chocolate.

Aidan, who doesn't like strawberries, speculated that his grandmother would really enjoy receiving the homemade treat for Valentine's Day.

"She loves strawberries," he said.

Radwanski was pleased at how easily the project came together - and how good the finished product looked.

"The children make things all the time for family," she said. "This is a nice addition."

  • Strawberries
  • White and milk chocolate melting chips (we used melting chips that are specifically made for making candy and are available in grocery stores and at craft stores that carry candy-making supplies.)

1. Kid: Wash and pat dry the strawberries.

2. Kid with grown-up help: Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave. (We let the kids stir the chocolate as it heated.)

3. Kid: Stick a long bamboo skewer through the leaves at the top of the strawberry.

4. Kid: Dip the strawberry into the chocolate and carefully swirl it around until it is covered in chocolate.

5. Kid: Set the berry with the skewer still attached onto a piece of parchment paper.

6. Grown-up: After the chocolate has hardened slightly, remove the skewer from the berry. The skewers can be reused.

7. Kid: After the chocolate has hardened, use a spoon to make chocolate drizzles on the berry. Drizzle white chocolate onto the milk-chocolate coated strawberries. Accent the white chocolate berries with milk chocolate.