How to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Want to know how to make Chocolate Covered Strawberries like a pro? These simple tips will make sure you end up with perfectly coated juicy berries that will look like you bought them at your local confectionary! So easy to make and fun for the kids to help with, too. Great for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or to help you with a case of the Mondays.
I used to be a romantic…one of those people that LIVED for Valentine’s Day and couldn’t wait to surprise my “valentine” with gifts of love. Usually a teddy bear…or a homemade dinner because I never really had a lot of money to shower him with lavish gifts. I’d plan for days and end up making something that would take me way longer than I anticipated. Like the one year when I made a Beef Stew recipe that was supposed to rest overnight for best results…..we ate it that night anyway. Or the other time I made creme brûlée from scratch but something went terribly wrong and it didn’t set properly leaving us with a vanilla soup with blueberries floating around the bottom. Not too shabby as it turned out but totally not creme brûlée……at all. My, now, husband later told me that he would have been totally happy with my go-to for Sunday night….spaghetti and meatballs. It seems….I had been trying too hard. Trying to impress him with my culinary wizardry when all he wanted was something familiar and comforting. Something easy. Something I wouldn’t have been breaking a sweat over in my tiny kitchen (with a half sized range.)
And since he’s not really a fan of Valentine’s Day…..therefore, kind of forgetting that it actually IS Valentine’s Day for the most part….I’ve kind of given up on trying to make it romantic. Those of you with littles running around know the difficulty of finding a sitter for the night and then you go out to a crowded restaurant that has a limited menu because they’re trying to squeeze in more people than they normally do to capitalize on the event. It’s so not anywhere close to romantic and I’d become accustomed to spending the night at home with the family. Which isn’t so bad because now I can make what I want….so Valentine’s Day has become more of a “love yourself first” kinda day. And since I LOVE Chocolate Covered Strawberries…..they’re almost always on the menu. Even if it’s the ONLY thing on the menu.
Over the years I taught myself exactly HOW to make Chocolate Covered Strawberries with a few trial and error lessons….like strawberries with the chocolate slipping off….or seeping strawberries (I don’t even know how that happened or what was going on there but…..) And I found my go-to chocolate for dipping to make things easier…..I love Ghirardelli Melting Wafers because they melt perfectly in the microwave and hardly ever seize up. If you have a favorite chocolate then you can definitely use that but try to steer clear of chocolate chips because they contain stabilizers that won’t allow the chocolate to harden once it has set. It will still be a little soft and tacky. The melting wafers are awesome and I use them in sooooo many recipes now that I always have a couple bags in the pantry. (FYI….this is not an ad for Ghirardelli…I just really LOVE their chocolate.)
Another tip on how to make Chocolate Covered Strawberries….make sure your berries are dry. Like super dry….like rinse them and pat them dry with a paper towel AND THEN let them air dry for a bit before you dip. If there is any residual moisture left on the berries it could cause the chocolate to seize and become grainy. The chocolate also won’t have a chance to adhere to the berries resulting in those berries with the chocolate slipping off that I so technically described in the previous paragraph.
When dipping you berries, twirl around in the chocolate to coat and then allow the excess to drip off. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment and push the berry forward about 1/2 inch…..this will help eliminate that chocolate puddle that forms at the base of the berry. Pretty genius, huh?!? Once the chocolate has set….drizzle with white chocolate if desired and if you’re feeling really wild you can sprinkle with chopped nuts, sprinkles or crushed Oreo cookies!
And as much as I like to keep these Chocolate Covered Strawberries all for myself, they also make an excellent gift for teachers, family or….I guess your Valentine. 🙂 They make a fabulous addition to this Fruit Bouquet I shared yesterday, too! And if your looking for a few more fun strawberry recipes you HAVE to try these Strawberry Caprese Salad Skewers and my absolute favorite Strawberry Pretzel Salad Cheesecake!
How to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- 24 whole strawberries rinsed and dried thoroughly
- 10 ounces good quality dark or milk chocolate If using bar chocolate, finely chop before melting
- 5 ounces good quality white chocolate if desired
- Rinse berries in cool water and dry thoroughly with a paper towel. Arrange in a single layer on a towel and allow to air dry for 10-15 minutes (or until completely dry.)
- Place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and heat at high power for 30 seconds. Stir and heat in 30 second increments until melted and smooth.
- Dip the strawberries, one at a time, in the chocolate turning to coat. Allow the excess to drip off the strawberry and place on the baking sheet lined with parchment. Push the strawberry forward 1/2 inch to help avoid the chocolate puddle from forming at the tip of the berry. Repeat with the remaining berries until all are coated.
- Transfer the baking sheet to a cool, dry place to allow the chocolate to set.
- If desired, melt white chocolate in 30 second increments then transfer the melted chocolate to a zip top bag. Snip off a corner and drizzle over the strawberry.
- Allow the chocolate to set.
- Serve the strawberries immediately or transfer to an airtight container lined with a paper towel (to absorb moisture) and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
Best is served the same day.