If you're looking for the best type of chocolate to dip your strawberries in, you might be debating between using real chocolate or chocolate wafers. Real chocolate
needs to be tempered, which means it has to go through a specific heating and cooling process to get that smooth and shiny finish. It can be a bit tricky to get right, but the taste is worth it for many. Your options are milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and white chocolate.
On the other hand, chocolate wafers
(also known as candy melts and chocolate bark), are super simple to use because they don't need to be tempered. You just melt them down and you're good to go. You can add colors to white chocolate wafers to match any theme or special occasion.
So, if you're all about that taste, real chocolate is the way to go. But if you're all about convenience and ease, then the chocolate wafers might be more your jam. Ultimately, it all comes down to what you prioritize more – flavor or ease of use.
How to Melt Chocolate for Dipping Strawberries
Our preferred method of melting chocolate at Country Kitchen SweetArt is using the microwave. You can also use a double-boiler
, an electric skillet, or an electric chocolate melting pot
. To learn more about the different methods and their directions see our blog all about melting chocolate
How to Color Chocolate
Colored chocolate is a great way to make your dipped berries special. When coloring chocolate, it is necessary to use oil-based colors. Regular water-based food coloring (like gel colors or grocery store food colors) will cause your chocolate to seize up and make it thick and clumpy. Country Kitchen SweetArt carries many beautiful oil-based colors
to match any theme or occasion.
First, add a few drops of the oil-based colors to your melted white chocolate and stir it in well. Remember, a little bit of color goes a long way, so start with just a few drops and then add more if you want it darker. Sometimes adding colors will cause melted chocolate to thicken slightly. We suggest to always have some paramount crystals
on hand to thin your chocolate. Paramount crystals are our preferred choice for thinning chocolate because it does not affect the texture or flavor like coconut oil and shortening do.
You can mix and match different colors to create new shades, just like you would with regular paint.