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Valentineâ€™s is just around the corner. Valentineâ€™s Day is usually a big deal in our house as it corresponds with the week of our Wedding Anniversary as well. This year we are doing it a bit differently by creating a romantic atmosphere at home.
Just like your typical dinner and a movie out, we like to recreate the same feel at home as well complete with special Valentine inspired treats.
For our at-home Romantic Dinner and a Movie we are having one of our favorite dishes….Lasagna with garlic bread. To make this meal special and budget friendly we used mostly Great Value brand products from Walmart. I also opted to make my own sauce from scratch since we love the taste of it on top of our Spaghetti.
But Valentineâ€™s Day isnâ€™t complete with out sweet treats. Especially of sweet treats of the chocolate variety. For dessert to our at-home Italian Restaurant-like meal I chose to make the typical chocolate covered strawberries. Iâ€™m always amazed at how much a chocolate covered strawberry costs in a bakery. They are SO easy to make at home! Chocolate covered strawberries are definitely a traditional Valentineâ€™s treat for us since my husband absolutely loves them.
Chocolate Covered Tuxedo Strawberries
1 lb. strawberries, (washed & dried)
1 bag chocolate chips (whatever kind of chocolate you like…milk, semi-sweet, dark)
1 bag white chocolate chips
In a double boiler, melt the white chocolate chips. When completely melted begin dipping the strawberries individually. Place dipped strawberries on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.
Allow white chocolate to set on the strawberries before proceeding.
Melt chocolate chips in double boiler just like we did for the white chocolate. Take white chocolate covered strawberries and dip into melted chocolate chips on either side to make the â€œtuxedo coatâ€. Donâ€™t cover the entire strawberry with the chocolate just the sides. Place back onto the wax paper. To make the bowtie and buttons, dip a toothpick into the melted chocolate and apply 3 dots and bowtie shape to the strawberries to finish off the look of the tuxedo.
Make some strawberries with just chocolate, some with just white chocolate, and some tuxedo decorated ones. Store in the fridge until ready to eat. It is probably best to eat them within a day or two of making or the sugar in the chocolate starts to break down the strawberry.
Do you have leftover melted chocolate? Make chocolate covered popcorn to enjoy during the movie!
We are doing a dinner and a movie theme for Valentineâ€™s and nothing goes better with a movie than popcorn and chocolate. I had some leftover melted chocolate after covering the strawberries. And I definitely didn’t want to let any chocolate go to waste. So we made some chocolate covered popcorn.
I like to use air-popped popcorn. I popped approximately 10-12 cups. Spread the popcorn out onto a baking sheet and place in a preheated 200°F oven while I finished preparing the chocolate covered strawberries. After â€œdressingâ€ the strawberries, whatever chocolate was left over I drizzled over the popped popcorn (after removing it from the oven). Placing the popcorn in the oven prior to applying the chocolate helps keep the popcorn warm so it wonâ€™t shrivel up with the hot chocolate hits it. One can either leave the chunks and drizzles of chocolate on the popcorn or stir the mixture around to coat the popcorn.
To add a special touch, I added his & her hearts to some plain plastic bags to fill with our chocolate covered popcorn once it had cooled and solidified again. Then when it is time to sit down and watch our movie, all we have to do is grab our own bag of popcorn and enjoy just like at the movies.
What are you doing for Valentineâ€™s Day?
Disclosure: This post is part of a series of Meal Solutions with Walmart that some of my fellow Walmart Moms (Jenn of Frugal Upstate, Denise of Wholesome Mommy, and Lori at My Wooden Spoon) and I are participating in. Walmart has provided me with compensation and a gift card in return for this post. My participation is voluntary and opinions are my own.