Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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This Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries recipe is one of my favorite simple desserts! Learn how to make chocolate covered strawberries and decorate them for sharing or gifting!

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Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate covered strawberries are one of the simplest thing to make and yet they have such a fancy feel to them. They make a great snack after dinner, since they’re both fruit and dessert. But they can also be dressed up with sprinkles or a colored drizzle that would make them perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day, a baby shower or even New Year’s Eve (hello gold sprinkles!). They are kind of the all around treat – and who doesn’t love strawberries and chocolate?!

And since they can be SO pricey to buy at a store and are so quick and simple to make at home, you definitely want to give making them at home a try!

How to Make Chocolate Covered Stawberries

So let’s start with the basic steps you’ll go through and then dive into the details.

  1. Wash your strawberries and dry them well. I use a paper towel and dry them each individually. Any water that’s left behind could cause the chocolate to seize and keep the chocolate from sticking to the strawberries properly.
  2. Prepare any toppings you might and to add to the op of your strawberries before the chocolate firms up.
  3. Set out parchment paper to lay the strawberries on after you dip them.
  4. Melt your chocolate.
  5. Dip your strawberries and add any toppings.
  6. Let the chocolate firm up.
  7. Drizzle with melted white chocolate, if using.
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What type of chocolate should I use?

Since these strawberries are made with just strawberries and chocolate, the chocolate quality is pretty important. Not to mention that you want a smooth melted chocolate that will dry firm enough and not be tough to dip into. I like to use Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers (which also come in white and milk chocolate) because they are pretty fool proof, but they also have dark chocolate baking chips that would work well. The main thing is that you don’t want to use your average chocolate chips, but baking chips/chocolate. Another good option is the Baker’s baking bar chocolate. Just don’t use your average chocolate bar that’s meant for eating.

How to Melt the Chocolate

You could melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler.

How to Melt Chocolate in the Microwave

If using the microwave, add the chocolate to a microwave safe bowl and heat in 10-20 second intervals. I start with a little more time, then as the chocolate begins to melt, I shorten the intervals so that I don’t overheat the chocolate which can cause it to seize. After each interval, stir the chocolate well, using as much residual heat as you can to help melt the chocolate.

How to Melt Chocolate in a Double Boiler

If using a double boiler, you can use a double boiler or set up your own. To set up your own, add about 2 inches of water to a pot and bring the water to a simmer. Set a heat-proof glass bowl on top of the pot, making sure that the bottom of the pot doesn’t touch the water underneath. There should be a few inches between them. When the water is simmering, add the chocolate to the glass bowl and stir constantly until mostly melted and smooth. When there are still several small chunks remaining, remove the glass bowl and stir the chocolate to use the residual heat to finish melting.

Once your chocolate is melted, you’re ready to dip your strawberries!

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How to Decorate Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Once your strawberries have been dipping into the chocolate, it’s time to start adding some toppings. The options are endless, but here are a few ideas:

  • Sprinkles! (customize them to your even or holiday)
  • Oreo crumbs
  • Chopped nuts
  • Crushed graham cracker crumbs
  • Shredded coconut
  • Melted chocolate drizzle

For most toppings, you’ll want to add them before the chocolate dries. For the chocolate drizzle, you’ll want to let the chocolate dry and firm up and then add it.

To add melted chocolate, you can use regular chocolate or white chocolate. I used white chocolate and added a little pink gel icing color. To drizzle the melted chocolate onto the strawberries, you can either add it to a ziplock bag and snip off a small piece of the corner, or you can add it to a piping bag fitted with a small round tip (I used Wilton tip 3) and drizzle it that way. I personally like the piping bag because I feel like I have a little more control.

How do you store chocolate covered strawberries? How long do they last?

Chocolate covered strawberries really are best if eaten the day they are made, but you could get away with making them a day ahead. The trouble comes with storing them. They do best at room temperature because adding them to the fridge creates condensation. The condensation messes with the texture of the strawberries and keeps the chocolate from looking it’s best. If you make them a day ahead, it’s going to be best to refrigerate them, but then they won’t really look their best.

So ideally you’ll make these the day you want to serve them and let them sit at room temperature after making them and prior to serving them. They’ll look great and the strawberries will be freshest.

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More easy dessert ideas:

Crispy Peanut Butter Balls
Chocolate Covered Nutella Pretzel Bites
Quick and Easy Chocolate Fudge
Chocolate Mousse Cups

Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries

This Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries recipe is one of my favorite simple desserts! Learn how to make chocolate covered strawberries and decorate them for sharing or gifting!

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 15-20 strawberries 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh strawberries
  • 10 oz chocolate (bittersweet, semi-sweet, milk or white chocolate)*
  • 3 oz white chocolate, optional
  • Pink gel icing color, optional
  • Sprinkles, optional
  • Oreo crumbs, optional
  • Any additional toppings, optional

Instructions

1. Wash the strawberries and dry them completely. I use several paper towels to dry them individually. Any water that’s left can cause the chocolate to not stick to the strawberries or seize.
2. Set out parchment paper to set the dipped strawberries on and prepare any toppings you might want to add to the strawberries after dipping them.
3. Add the chocolate to a microwave safe bowl and heat in 10-20 second intervals, stirring well between each interval to use the residual heat to continue melting the chocolate. Do not overheat the chocolate. It can cause it to seize or lead to streaking in your chocolate when you dip your strawberries.
4. Holding the strawberries by the stems, dip each into the melted chocolate and gently shake off any excess chocolate.
5. Dip the strawberry into any prepared toppings you’d like to use, then place the dipped strawberry onto the parchment paper to dry and firm up.
6. If adding a white chocolate drizzle, heat the white chocolate as instructed for the chocolate above to melt it. You can add gel icing color to it, if you like. Drizzle the chocolate over the strawberries. I like to use a piping bag fitted with the Wilton 3 tip, but you could also use a small ziplock bag and snip off a small part of a corner.
7. Allow chocolate to firm up, then serve the strawberries. They are best when served the day they are made. You could make them a day ahead, but condensation will form and the strawberries won’t look their best. They can also get a funky texture the longer they sit.

Notes

I like to use Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers (which also come in white and milk chocolate) because they are pretty fool proof, but they also have dark chocolate baking chips that would work well. The main thing is that you don’t want to use your average chocolate chips. Instead use baking chips/chocolate. Another good option is the Baker’s baking bar chocolate. Just don’t use your average chocolate bar that’s meant for eating.

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