Valentine’s gift

I’m back!! And cannot wait for SPRING!! The weather was beautiful and we had a great time. Then we came back to The Mitten state to a bunch of white stuff on the ground. And getting lots more as I type this. Makes me question why we live here?! But I know the minute the weather turns I will be in love with our 4 seasons all over again.

In the middle of packing for vacation I managed to make my 2 specials a little gift. And because they turned out so stinkin’ cute I wanted to share it with you :)

I had some candy chocolate in the cupboard, and since I know my specials well enough, I knew the perfect match was strawberries! I made a quick stop at JoAnn’s Fabrics for something to put them in, and since it was Valentine’s Day, I got Valentine’s Day themed boxes on sale more than usual. Score!

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Aren’t they cute?!

 

First I cut 4 squares of waxed paper to fit inside the boxes, since I would have 2 layers of strawberries and I didn’t want the glitter on the lid to get in the yummy dessert. Next I scrounged up 16 cupcake wrappers to hold/separate the strawberries in the boxes.

After all the packaging prepping was finished I washed up the strawberries and dried them. The drying part is important because any drops of water in the chocolate will help to cool it down very quickly.

Then the fun part…. melting and dipping!

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Don’t they look DELISH?!

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After the chocolate hardened and cooled (I put them in the fridge for a bit) I was able to package them into the boxes. This too, was the fun part :) Here is the bottom layer…4 strawberries fit perfectly in each layer.

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Here’s where the waxed paper came into play. I was worried about the strawberries above leaking into the bottom one’s. Nobody likes a soggy chocolate strawberry!

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Then I added the top layer of heavenly goodness.

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And the last piece of waxed paper to keep that glitter out of the heavenly goodness!

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And the adorable boxes closed up and sealed with an “xoxo” ribbon I found in my ribbon collection.

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How cute are they?!

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My costs for this gift were $3 for a quart of strawberries and $2 for each box. I had the chocolate, cupcake wrappers, waxed paper and ribbon already. So in total it was a $3.50 gift for each that definitely look more expensive than that!

And I will tell you…. These were very well received and eaten too quickly!

 

 

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