chocolate covered baileys strawberries

these chocolate covered baileys strawberries are the perfect “adult” ending to your valentines dinner

chocolate covered baileys strawberries

As much as I love celebrating valentines day, I do not enjoy dinner out when every restaurant in town is packed solid. I love dining out, but not when it is standing room only. Then, I’d much prefer to stay home, even if  that means I have to do the cleanup.

chocolate covered baileys strawberries

Last year Ian and Stella made dinner; steak and lobster on the grill with roasted veggies. it was delicious, and I loved being waited on, but this year dinner is all me. I’ve been planning the menu for weeks, right down to the dessert. Stella and Charlie requested heart shaped ice cream sandwiches, which I make nearly every year. But Ian and I have been trying to stay away from the sweets. Not to be a party pooper and skip dessert altogether, I came up with these fun, adults only, chocolate covered strawberries. But these are not your average chocolate covered strawberries. Before coating the long stemmed berries in dark chocolate, they got a good long soak in Baileys.

Chocolate and berries are a great combo, and chocolate and baileys are a great combo, so I figured why not put the three together. It was an experiment to say the least, but one I am SO happy with.  These chocolate covered baileys strawberries are the perfect ending to a delicious meal. it’s a cocktail and a dessert in one, and a great way to end your valentines day.

chocolate covered baileys strawberries

chocolate covered baileys strawberries

Ingredients:

  •  1 lb long stemmed strawberries, washed and dried
  • baileys irish cream (enough to cover berries)
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chunks
 

Directions:

  • gently place strawberries in a jar/covered container  large enough to fit them
  • pour in just enough baileys to cover fruit
  • cover the jar or container and let sit overnight or up to 24 hours
  • drain strawberries, and dry them thoroughly before dipping in chocolate
  • melt chocolate in the microwave - stirring every 30 seconds, or on the stove using a double boiler
  • once dry, dip berries in the chocolate, place them on a wax paper lined baking sheet and chill in the refrigerator until they harden
  • transfer the berries to an air tight container, and keep in a cool dry place
 

The longer you soak the berries the stronger the flavor will be. I left mine sit overnight, but probably would not recommend longer then 24 hours.

Make sure to dry your berries thoroughly before coating in the chocolate. any dampness will affect how the chocolate covers.

Once dipped in chocolate, make sure to keep your berries in the fridge until they harden, about 30 minutes, but then move them to an airtight container, chocolate does not like to be refrigerated.

PSA … if you are making both adult and kid friendly berries, clearly label the containers

enjoy!

chocolate covered baileys strawberries