Each year my friends and family members hit me up to create homemade fruit arrangements for Valentine’s Day. I like to think it’s because I make them with so much love but the fact that these cost less than the ones they might order from a company probably also has a little something to do with it! These are so much fun to make and I enjoy customizing them to suit the taste of either my own Valentine or that of another. There’s lots of room to get creative with colors, toppings, and presentation. You can use your sweetheart’s favorite colors, candies, etc. Over the years of making these for friends to give as gifts, I’ve noticed that guys tend to go for plain ol’ boxed chocolate-covered strawberries and girls prefer the bouquet-style arrangements. The initial steps are the same for either gift so I’ll share both below. When February rolled around, I knew I’d get calls and texts about making these so I thought it would be helpful (and efficient) to post the how-to here. These are also great for birthdays or just to show appreciation. I’ve even made a Christmas-themed bouquet before by incorporating red and green sprinkles and crushed peppermint! Around Christmastime last year, I shared how to make this festive fruit centerpiece and had to follow it up with this easy tutorial.
- 1 pint fresh strawberries
- 12 Bamboo skewers or cupcake liners
- Melting chocolate or candy coating (I use both milk and white chocolate)
- Toppings such as: sprinkles, chopped nuts, coconut flakes, mini chocolate chips, crushed candy
- Medium flat gift box
- Red curling ribbon
- Wax paper
- Tissue paper (optional)
Wash strawberries then pat dry and lay them out on wax paper. Set out your toppings in small bowls or plates so they’ll be ready for dipping. In a small bowl, melt your chocolate according to the package instructions. Dip the strawberries in the chocolate then into the toppings of your choice. Here are my go-tos for good variety and presentation:
- Milk chocolate then chopped pecans
- Milk chocolate then coconut
- Milk chocolate then raw cocoa powder
- Milk chocolate then white chocolate (allow milk chocolate to harden before dipping in white)
- White chocolate then mini dark chocolate chips
- White chocolate then red sprinkles
Return dipped strawberries to wax paper to allow chocolate to harden. Line a gift box with wax paper and tissue paper, if desired.
Insert a bamboo skewer into the hull of each berry. These will serve as the “stems”. Usually, about a dozen of these will fit into a medium-sized gift box. Arrange the berries in the box longways in a kind of fan shape. Play around with the presentation until you are satisfied. I usually go for symmetry but feel free to randomize the berries as well. For a finishing touch, tie ribbon around the stems and add random curls to fill up the box. Add another sheet of wax paper over the finished bouquet and close up the box.
Box of Berries Assembly
Place each strawberry in a cupcake liner then arrange them in the box. Usually, a dozen berries will fill up a medium-sized box but, if not, add some curls of ribbon as well to achieve your desired look. Add another sheet of wax paper over the finished berries and close up the box.
I hope these tutorials are helpful for you and well-received by your Valentine. Thanks for reading!