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 chocolate dipped strawberries that will look like you bought them at your local confectionary!
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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. 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.
Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries
I’m sure you’ve seen a chocolate dipped strawberry by now but if you haven’t, you’re in for a real treat. There’s no better combination of flavors than a chocolate covered strawberry and they’re super inexpensive to make at home in just a few minutes.
Save yourself some money this year and make a batch at home….with just two ingredients, strawberries and chocolate.
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.
And I found the BEST Chocolate for chocolate covered strawberries to make things easier…..I love these easy 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’s set unless you mix in a bit of oil.
The melting wafers are awesome and I use them in sooooo many recipes now that I always have a couple bags in the pantry to use for everything like these Dark Chocolate Truffles.
How To Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Chocolate covered strawberries are so easy to make with a few helpful tips to keep the whole project from going sideways on you.
Rinse and drain your strawberries patting them dry with a clean kitchen towel. In order for your chocolate to stick, your berries must be 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 when you dip. The chocolate, also, won’t have a chance to adhere to the berries resulting in strawberries with the chocolate slipping off.
When dipping you berries, twirl around in the chocolate to coat and then allow the excess to drip off.
Place the chocolate dipped strawberries 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. You may need to transfer your chocolate covered strawberries to the refrigerator to set for about 10-15 minutes but once the chocolate has hardened you can remove them.
How To Store Them
Your Chocolate Covered Strawberries are best enjoyed the day you make them but you can make them up to 24 hours in advance.
To store your Chocolate Covered Strawberries, line a resealable container with a paper towel and transfer your strawberries to the container in a single layer leaving space in between. Seal the container and store in the refrigerator up to 24 hours.
To serve, remove your Chocolate Covered Strawberries 30 minutes prior to serving and allow to stand at room temperature.
Freezing chocolate covered strawberries is not a good idea as the berries will break down in the freezer becoming soft and mushy.
To keep your chocolate covered strawberries from sweating or leaking, be sure to enjoy them the same day you make them. You can store your strawberries at room temperature for up to 6 hours. After that they will need to be stored in the refrigerator as I mentioned above.
How to Decorate Them
While your chocolate dipped strawberries are still wet, you can sprinkle them with all kinds of fun toppings.
Here are a few of our favorites:
- Colored Sprinkles
- Chopped Nuts
- Finely chopped cookies, like Snickerdoodles or Oreos
- Toasted Cake Crumbs
- Shredded Coconut
- Colored Melted White Chocolate
- Or make these easy Easter Strawberries
Use your own imagination here, there are so many ideas that I could just go on and on all day.
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!
Looking for even more easy chocolate recipes? We’re loving these Chocolate Covered Banana Bites and this Chocolate Saltine Cracker Toffee (AKA Christmas Crack!) You can also make these Champagne Chocolate Truffles or these Chocolate Creme Brulee Eggs.
Get the Recipe: 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.