Meet the Sullivans: [Recipe] Chocolate Covered Strawberry Footballs

February 4, 2014

[Recipe] Chocolate Covered Strawberry Footballs

So, it is no secret that I am not a huge football fan, but I do enjoy game days! My favorite thing about football is the food and fun that goes along with it, and the half-time show, if we're talking about the Super Bowl! I love to entertain and I love going the extra mile to make something simple just a little bit more special.

I made these Chocolate Covered Strawberry Footballs for our Super Bowl Sunday party last weekend and everyone seemed to really enjoyed them. These would be great for any football gathering all season long.
     

They weren't the easiest dessert to make, but the cuteness, and added benefit that they're a tiny bit healthier than the other options I was considering made them worth it!

Can you believe it took me almost two hours to make three dozen of these? Between washing and thoroughly drying all the strawberries (they need to be totally dry in order for the chocolate to stick), heating 3 separate batches of chocolate for dipping and then two batched of white chocolate, and pipping on the "laces", it was a time consuming venture. Simple, but still time sucking.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Footballs
recipe credit: domestic fits

1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
12-14 large strawberries
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
you will also need:
2 Coffee mugs
piping bag (I used Wilton squeeze bottles, which worked fine)
#2 tip
Directions

1. Heat the chocolate chips in the microwave for 20 seconds at a time, stirring between each 20 second heat. Do not over heat the chocolate -- it will seize and be ruined.

**I tried using a small mug, as the recipe suggested, but decided to try a deep, but wide-mouthed bowl for the last batch (Keith insisted this would work best from the beginning, but I ignored him of course, but he was right!), and it was the best option. My hand didn't get all covered in chocolate and I was able to heat more chocolate and twist and turn each berry to my benefit.

2. Dip strawberries in chocolate and then dry them for about 15 minutes on either parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

3. Once they are dry you can prep the white chocolate. Heat the white chocolate using the same method as the regular chocolate. Transfer it to the pipping bag immediately, since you it will be hard to pipe it once it cools, and begin drawing your laces.

To make the laces: draw two straight lines, one at the top and one at the bottom, next make an uppercase "I" in between the lines, then add the other parallel lines to complete the laces.You'll want to trace back over the lines as you end them so you don't end up with white chocolate trailing off at the end of your laces.


You'll want to make these no more than 12 or so hours before you serve them. The strawberries + chocolate look and taste best when they are made fresh! 

PS. Did you know that California grows 90% of the strawberries in the US? I learned that from Domestic Fits too.

6 comments:

the girl in the red shoes said...

It's SO hard to find good strawberries in Michigan! I was really spoiled in California! These look amazing!

Carolyn said...

They are SO ADORABLE!!! :) I can just see you hand drying each strawberry. HAHA!

Jess Norden said...

So delicious!! They look too pretty to eat, but I would not pass them up!! Haha

Christina @ This Woman Cooks! said...

Wow that is pretty time consuming. They're adorable though!

Jodi said...

These are so fun and go with the theme! I want one!

Kitty and June said...

My mom makes chocolate covered strawberries all the time, and Yes! They take forever!! But worth every little bite! So creative with the football stripes!