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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Written by ziir

These beautiful and delicious chocolate covered strawberries are quick and easy to make and there are so many fun designs to play with!

If you’re looking for a fun and easy dessert to make then search no further! Chocolate covered strawberries are delicious and come together in just a few minutes. Perfect for Valentine’s day, an afternoon tea, or romantic meal they’re infinitely customizable and just plan delicious.

Strawberries covered with white and dark chocolate in the pattern of a tuxedo.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE BEST CHOCOLATE TO MELT?

If you’re using a double boiler then you shouldn’t have an issue melting your chocolate so simply choose the one you think tastes best. White chocolate can be more finicky but it’s fine if you remember to remove the bowl from hear before all th chocolate is melted through. Stir, stir, stir and you should be set.

WHAT DO YOU PUT ON CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES?

Dark chocolate, white chocolate, candy melt and even a drizzle of caramel are all great for dipping strawberries. Doe an added decorative element you can sprinkle on sanding sugar, sprinkles, sugar pearls, or shaved chocolate.

DO YOU PUT CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES IN THE FRIDGE?

You can briefly chill your strawberries in the fridge so they set but they should not stay in a fridge for too long as they will begin to sweat when condensation forms.

DO YOU WASH STRAWBERRIES BEFORE DIPPING IN CHOCOLATE?

You should definitely wash your strawberries before dipping in chocolate as they can have little bits of dirt, etc. You should however be extra vigilant about patting each strawberry completely dry. Water will mar the surface of the chocolate and prevent it from sticking to the strawberry.

CAN I MELT CHOCOLATE IN THE MICROWAVE?

Yes! Place your chocolate chips or chopped chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and give it 30 second bursts at half power. Make sure to stir after each interval in the microwave. 

CAN YOU LEAVE STRAWBERRIES OUT OVERNIGHT?

Chocolate-covered strawberries can be left out overnight in a closed container in a cool place.

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES
Chocolate getting chopped then melted on a double boiler

1. If you’re using chocolate that comes in bars or large pieces then you’ll want to give It a rough chop before melting. You should also wash your strawberries and dry thoroughly.

2. To melt the chocolate you can either place it in a bowl over a pot of simmering water (making sure the water does not touch the bowl), or microwave it on half power in 30 second bursts stirring as you go until most of the chocolate is melted. It’s better to leave a few pieces of chocolate in the bowl that are unmelted than to over-heat the chocolate. Stir the chocolate and any small pieces of unmelted chocolate should disappear.  The candy melt can be microwaved at full power in 40 second bursts but stir frequently.

A glass getting filled with chocolate then a strawberry getting dipped.

3. Pour the chocolate into a small glass or bowl. Try to find a vessel that is not too wide. You want to be able to dip the strawberries and almost submerge them. If your bowl is too wide then you will need to rotate the or tilt the berry and the finished product won’t look as neat.

4. Grab your strawberry by the stem or leaves (sepal) and dip. You can swirl the strawberry around to eliminate any bubbles that may form. Lift the strawberry up and allow the excess chocolate to drip off. As your chocolate cools the excess will cling a bit longer so you may need to wipe the Bottom of your strawberry on the glass’ edge.

A strawberry getting dipped in white candy melt.

5. For striped strawberries, add melted white chocolate or white candy melt to a piping bag and snip the tip off. Drizzle back and forth to create a striped pattern, You can use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate if you do not have a piping bag handy, just start the drizzle next to the strawberry so you get an even look.

6. Add melted white chocolate or candy melt to a glass as you did in step 3 and dip the strawberries. Note that candy melt will harden quickly so you may need to microwave the glass if thing’s get a bit gloopy. 

Gold sanding sugar getting sprinkled onto a strawberry covered in white chocolate.

7. An easy way to decorate strawberries is to sprinkle with a colored sanding sugar. You can buy sanding sugar at most markets in the baking aisle or make some by smushing a few drops or food coloring with a few tablespoons of sugar in a plastic bag. I used two types of gold sanding sugar for a festive but still reserved look.

8. It’s quite easy to color candy melt with gel-based food colorings. Stir a very small drop in and mix well. I would avoid coloring white chocolate as it tends to seize quickly. I used soft pink for this strawberry then covered with a drizzle of white chocolate. You can add sprinkles, white sugar or dark chocolate for accents.

A tuxedo strawberry getting dipped in chocolate.

9. For a tuxedo strawberry: Dip a strawberry in white chocolate or white candy melt and allow to harden. Dip the strawberry at a diagonal, leaving about 3/4 of it white.

10. Dip the other side at a diagonal so that A triangle of white remains. The lower tip of the triangle should be about 2/3 the way down from the top.

Adding detailed onto a tuxedo style chocolate covered strawberry.

11. Pint three chocolate buttons onto the front. I find that using a skewer or toothpick gives you the most control but you can pipe them on as well.

12. Paint the bow using a skewer or piping bag with a small round tip. Start with a larger dot in the middle and then ass a triangle on each side. You can use a skewer or toothpick to even out the corners.

Strawberries covered in chocolate with striped patterns
PRO TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES
  • Wash your berries then dry them very well. Water will prevent the chocolate from sticking to the strawberry.
  • Work on a piece of parchment paper to contain the mess.
  • Trim the sepal or little leaves at the top of the strawberry if you’re making them a day in advance, they can wilt quickly.
  • Don’t cut the strawberry itself as it will weep into the chocolate and spoil faster. 
  • Store the strawberries in a coo place overnight. You can refrigerate them briefly to set up but the chocolate will develop white spots or “bloom” if refrigerated too long. 

If you’ve tried this chocolate covered strawberries recipe then don’t forget to leave a rating and let me know how you got on in the comments below, I love hearing from you!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

These beautiful and delicious chocolate covered strawberries are so quick and easy to make you’ll never buy them again!

Course Dessert

 Cuisine American, British 

Prep Time 15 minutes 

cooling time 5 minutes 

Total Time 20 minutes

 Servings 36 pieces

 Calories 88kcal 

Author John Kanell

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds strawberries fresh, stem attached
  • 12 oz dark chocolate
  • 10 oz white chocolate or white candy melts

Instructions

  • Wash and carefully pat dry your strawberries.
  • Melt your batches of chocolate chips to a double boiler. You can also use a microwave to melt the chocolate, 30 second bursts at half power, stirring in between.
  • Dip the each strawberry in chocolate. If you’re adding sanding sugar, chopped nuts, toasted coconut, or sprinkles then apply while the chocolate is still wet. Place each strawberry on parchment paper to set.
  • Add a contrasting color of chocolate to a piping bag, snip the tip off and pipe over the dipped part of the strawberry to create stripes.
  • To make tuxedo strawberries you will need to dip strawberries in white chocolate or white candy melt. Place on parchment paper and allow to set.Dip in dark chocolate at an angle leaving about 3/4 undipped, repeat on the opposite side so there iIs a white “V” in the front.Apply three chocolate buttons to the white part using a toothpick or skewer.Draw a chocolate bowtie above the buttons using a small round piping tip or by applying with a skewer.

Notes

  • Wash your berries then dry them very well. Water will prevent the chocolate from sticking to the strawberry.
  • Work on a piece of parchment paper to contain the mess.
  • Trim the sepal or little leaves at the top of the strawberry if you’re making them a day in advance, they can wilt quickly.
  • Don’t cut the strawberry itself as it will weep into the chocolate and spoil faster. 
  • Store the strawberries in a coo place overnight. You can refrigerate them briefly to set up but the chocolate will develop white spots or “bloom” if refrigerated too long. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1strawberry | Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

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