This blog is called Mess for Less because some of the ideas and activities I share are messy. Sometimes I find that the most fun, memory making activities involve some level of mess and these Chocolate Covered Strawberries are no exception. Luckily, I have Bounty to help clear up any spills and everyday messes that may occur. This post about Kid Made Chocolate Covered Strawberries was sponsored by Bounty, but all opinions are my own.
Bounty is celebrating their 50th Anniversary! Bounty has been my go-to paper towel for years. As a busy mom, it helps me to keep my home clean (well as clean a home with three kids can be) as it soaks up spills and tackles messes. I trust Bounty because of its superior strength and absorbency. You really appreciate that strength and absorbency when you are cleaning up after small children. Especially if you like to get them helping in the kitchen, like I did for these easy Kid Made Chocolate Covered Strawberries.
You will need:
- 20-25 Whole Strawberries
- 12 oz milk chocolate chips
- Assorted sprinkles
- Colored candy melts
- Small zip top bag
- Parchment paper
- Bounty paper towels
You'll want to start out with some clean, juicy strawberries. Strawberries are in season right now, so you'll have some great ones to choose from at your local farmer's market. Rinse them off and dry them with some Bounty paper towels. Be sure the strawberries are completely dry before you start the dipping process.
Microwave the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl for one minute. Remove from microwave and stir until the chips melt. The chocolate chips may need to more time to completely melt. If so, microwave them at 10 second intervals, stirring in between.
If you have your child helping, you will want to be sure the bowl and chocolate aren't too hot for them to dip. Hold the strawberry by the green leafy tip and dip into the bowl of melted chocolate. You can dip as much or as little as you like. I prefer to have as much of the strawberry covered in chocolate as possible. Shake off the excess chocolate back into the bowl.
At this point your child can really personalize their strawberries. If you'd like them encrusted in sprinkles, simply pour some in a small bowl and dip your strawberry in right after dipping it in the melted chocolate.
Place the strawberries on some parchment paper so the chocolate can harden.
Once the milk chocolate hardens you have some more decorating options. If you want to add a swirl or design to your strawberries, simply melt some candy melts in the color of your choice (my girls wanted pink) according to package directions. Pour the melted candy melts into a small zip top bag and cut a small triangle off one of the corners.
Now you are ready to squeeze some designs on the strawberries and add some pizzazz!
My daughter had so much fun with this step even if her design just looked like a big glob.
While this is a super fun recipe for kids to help make, it is not the neatest activity. You will have messy hands and faces. Bounty to the rescue!
Bounty not only helps clean up messy hands and faces, but it cleans up bowls as well. I always find it difficult to clean up bowls that contain melted chocolate because if you leave them too long the chocolate will harden. Th easiest way to clean up your melted chocolate bowl is by using Bounty to remove the excess chocolate. Then it is ready to be washed with your other dishes.
These Chocolate Covered Strawberries make a great special treat. You can serve them for various occasions depending on the types and colors of sprinkles you use. We have made them using white chocolate chips as well and the strawberries turned out equally yummy.
If you have an extra leftover you can store them in the refrigerator.
Make sure to have some Bounty on hand for eating these yummy chocolate covered strawberries. They are delicious but messy!
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Be sure to also check out these Easy Dried Strawberries.