Yes, this is an over-the-top dessert.  But it's a fun splurge for Valentine's Day. IMG_0199 (1)

These are actually fairly easy to make.  You just need chocolate and fresh strawberries.  To make it awesome, you'll need GOLD!  You can find it on the Amazon: Just make sure that it's genuine edible gold.  An imitation product may not be edible or may be harmful.

First, you'll need a double boiler.  Or, if you haven't got one, use a heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water.

Choose any chocolate you like, but keep in mind, there are differences.  I chose a vegan and gluten free dark chocolate.  If you use candy-melts, you needn't worry about tempering the chocolate.  Also, if you want a softer paste-like chocolate, you can skip tempering as well. ***

Wash and dry the strawberries and dip them in that magnificent cocoa puddle.  Be sure to place them on a nonstick surface to cool: parchment paper or a silicon mat.

When you're done with the strawberries, take the remaining chocolate and stir in a bit of almond/soy milk.  This will make the ganache.  Place the ganache in a piping bag and pipe any desired decorations or patterns.

Then, the magic.  While the ganache is still soft, delicately add the the gold.

Let them cool and enjoy!  Admit it, if your sweetheart served you with gold-adorned, chocolate-covered strawberries it'd be a winning endeavour.

*** What is tempering?  That's a medium-long story.  For details, check out the "How To Cook That" video on chocolate tempering: While you're there, Subscribe!