CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES

Make beautiful, delicious chocolate covered strawberries at home. They only take minutes to prepare, and they’re always sure to impress. I’ve got all the tips and tricks for perfect chocolate covered strawberries that look as good as they taste.

Who doesn’t like chocolate covered strawberries? I haven’t met anyone that would turn down one of these beauties! They are perfect as the ending to a romantic dinner, a yummy treat for the kids, or just because you are craving chocolate covered strawberries!

With only a few simple ingredients, you’ll be indulging in no time at all. Keep reading for all my tips and tricks for perfect, gorgeous-looking chocolate covered strawberries!

WHAT KIND OF CHOCOLATE IS BEST TO USE:

Whenever you melt chocolate for dipping, it is always best to use baking chocolate bars found in the baking aisle. They melt so much smoother than chocolate chips, and you will end up with chocolate that has a better consistency for dipping. Chocolate chips contain stabilizers that prevent them from melting into the correct consistency for a smooth coating when dipping.

When choosing your melting chocolate, whether dark, semi-sweet, or white chocolate, you should look for cocoa butter in the ingredients. This helps the chocolate to have a smooth, shiny finish when set.

TOPPING SUGGESTIONS:

Toppings are optional, but they are a fun way to spruce up your chocolate covered strawberries. So don’t be afraid to get creative with your strawberries!

Here are my favorite topping ideas:

  • crushed Oreos
  • crushed graham crackers
  • finely chopped nuts (pistachio, almonds, pecans, or hazelnuts)
  • finely shredded coconut
  • sprinkles
  • melted white chocolate for drizzling
  • melted semi-sweet or dark chocolate for drizzling

TIPS FOR DIPPING STRAWBERRIES

STEP 1. Wash the strawberries

Wash and thoroughly dry the strawberries. Chocolate will not stick to wet strawberries.

STEP 2. Melt the chocolate and prepare the toppings (optional)

Begin by chopping the chocolate into smaller pieces to speed up the melting process. Next, add the chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 15-20 second intervals, stirring between intervals. The chocolate is done when only a few small chunks of chocolate remain (stopping at this point prevents the chocolate from scorching). Remove the chocolate from the microwave and stir until melted and smooth. Allow it to cool slightly before dipping the strawberries.

Alternately, you can also melt the chocolate on the stovetop with a double boiler. Use a medium saucepan filled with about an inch of water. Place a rimmed bowl over the saucepan, so it sits above the rim of the saucepan without touching the water. Add the chopped chocolate to the bowl and bring the water to a simmer. Regularly stir the chocolate as it melts. Remove from the heat when only a few small pieces of chocolate remain. Continue stirring until the chocolate is completely smooth and melted. Allow it to cool slightly before dipping the strawberries.

Prepare any toppings that you plan on using before you dip the strawberries (Oreos, nuts, sprinkles, coconut, etc.)

Step 3. Dipping the strawberries

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Work with one strawberry at a time. Grab the leaves of the strawberry and dip in the chocolate, rolling it to coat evenly. Allow the excess chocolate to drip off the strawberry. Tapping your hand holding the strawberry gently against the bowl helps to get the excess chocolate off. Gently wipe the bottom of the strawberry on the side of the bowl and place it on the parchment paper.

STEP 4. Decorating the Strawberries

Immediately after dipping each strawberry in the chocolate, sprinkle on the topping of your choice while slowly turning the strawberry. 

I find that sprinkling the topping on the chocolate covered strawberry works better and yields a prettier result than dipping the strawberry in the topping.

If you are drizzling chocolate over the strawberries, allow the chocolate to set up first before adding the drizzle. To speed up the process, you can place the dipped strawberries in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to harden the chocolate. Then add melted chocolate to a small ziplock bag and snip off a tiny bit of the corner. Drizzle the chocolate over the dipped strawberries in a back and forth motion.

STORING CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES:

Once dipped, store the strawberries in an airtight container in the refrigerator, preferably in a single layer.

Chocolate covered strawberries are best eaten the same day. The chocolate will begin to sweat if left longer than that.

You shouldn’t freeze chocolate covered strawberries. As the strawberries thaw, they release moisture that ruins the chocolate coating.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Make beautiful, delicious chocolate covered strawberries at home. They only take minutes to prepare, and they’re always sure to impress. I've got all the tips and tricks for perfect chocolate covered strawberries that look as good as they taste.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Chill Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 15 large strawberries

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound (16-ounces) fresh strawberries
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate baking bars (not chocolate chips)**

Optional Toppings:

  • melted white chocolate for drizzling
  • melted semi-sweet or dark chocolate for drizzling
  • crushed Oreos
  • finely chopped nuts (pistachios, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts)
  • sprinkles
  • crushed graham crackers
  • finely shredded coconut

Instructions
 

  • Start by washing the strawberries and pat dry (the chocolate will not stick to wet strawberries).
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • If you are going to dip your strawberries in Oreos, nuts, graham crackers, or coconut, prepare them now. The easiest way is to pulse them a few times in a small food processor or mini blender.
  • Chop the baking chocolate into smaller pieces to help it melt quicker. Place in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 15-20 second intervals, stirring between intervals. The chocolate is done when only a few small chunks of chocolate remain (stopping at this point prevents the chocolate from scorching). Remove the chocolate from the microwave and stir until melted and smooth. Allow to cool slightly before dipping the strawberries.
    You can also melt the chocolate on the stovetop with a double boiler. Use a medium saucepan filled with about an inch of water. Place a rimmed bowl over the saucepan so it sits above the rim of the saucepan without touching the water. Add the chopped chocolate to the bowl and bring the water to a simmer. Regularly stir the chocolate as it melts. Remove from the heat when only a few small pieces of chocolate remain. Continue stirring until the chocolate is completely smooth and melted. Allow it to cool slightly before dipping the strawberries.

Dipping Strawberries:

  • Work with one strawberry at a time. Grab the leaves of the strawberry, then dip and roll in the chocolate until evenly coated. Allow the excess chocolate to drip off the strawberry by taping the hand holding the strawberry gently against the bowl. Then lightly wipe the bottom of the strawberry on the rim of the bowl and place on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
    *If using toppings on your strawberry, do it now while the chocolate is moist (see below).

Decorating Strawberries:

  • Sprinkle on nuts, Oreos, graham crackers, sprinkles, or coconut immediately after dipping each strawberry, while the chocolate is still wet so it adheres.
  • Allow the chocolate to set before drizzling with melted white or semi-sweet chocolate.
    *To set the chocolate quicker, place dipped strawberries in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. Then drizzle melted chocolate over the strawberries.
  • Store strawberries in a single layer in an airtight container in the refrigerator. For best results, eat within a day.
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