This weekend, my beautiful nieces came over on Saturday to create something for their Mother for Mother’s Day. We baked, cooked, cut, shaped, molded, dipped, twisted, poured, split and built our Mother’s Day presents. The Grand kids had a blast helping and making their mom a present too. We all agreed that we would do this project again. This was time consuming, and it was a trial by error, but the end results were worth all the fuss we made.
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Vases
Good Quality Chocolate
Wooden Skewers (Or heavy gauged Floral Wire Sticks)
Green Floral Tape
Red & Green Grapes
Plastic (or real) Greenery
Plastic (or real) Roses, assorted colors
1 Glass Vase
1 Roll of Ribbon, to tie around the vases and make a bow
Wash strawberries, and dry completely. (It is really important to make sure strawberries are completely dry. Any water on the strawberries will make the chocolate seize). Thread Red and Green Grapes (We put 5 on each stick. Six if they were small grapes) on to the heavy floral sticks and refrigerate until needed. Melt Chocolate (we used Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate) in the top of a double boiler, set over a pan of simmering water. Add 2 Tbsp. (we used 36 oz. chocolate, dipping 48 strawberries for a dozen in each vase we made) of Vegetable Oil, and stir chocolate until chocolate is completely melted and the chocolate is smooth with no lumps remaining. Thread Strawberries onto skewers and dip in chocolate. Swirl skewers to remove excess chocolate and stick the skewers into Styrofoam to set. (We used a salad spinner basket for this, using the slots in the basket of it to hold up the skewers, and it worked really well). In the meantime, while the strawberries are drying, put your greenery, roses (or any flowers you might like) in the vase. If you were unable to find heavy duty floral sticks, you will need to wrap 2 skewers together (that’s what we had to do) with the green floral tape. Add the strawberries and grape sticks. Tie a ribbon around the vase, and their ready for gift giving. Give to recipient as soon as possible. Strawberries need to be eaten within 48 hours. They will weep if they sit too long. My niece’s added a nice touch and added colored sand and colored glass stones to their vases. We bought all supplies at Michaels Arts & Crafts.
The vases turned out beautiful and all Mom’s receiving these were very very happy. I had a Great Mother’s Day. I hope you did too. Happy Mother’s Day to All Mother’s I hope you all know just how much you are loved and appreciated. Tomorrow, I will post the Tuxedo Cake we made for Mother’s Day for my sister. It’s a beautiful cake and tastes as good as it looks!