How to make Chocolate Covered Strawberries – a simple and quick tutorial on how to make everyone’s favorite treat that is perfect for snacking, special occasions and even Valentine’s Day!
Chocolate covered ANYTHING is always a family favorite! If you love these strawberries, you’ll love our Chocolate Covered Cherries, our easy Buckeyes, or even our chocolate covered Peanut Butter Balls.
Chocolate dipped strawberries
I make Chocolate Covered Strawberries every Valentine’s Day. It’s sort of become tradition. Not only do the hubby and I love them, but the kids have come to love this simple dessert idea.
A few years back my sister was telling me her husband loved Chocolate Covered Strawberries too and she wanted to learn how to make them. It was then that I realized I had fine tuned my chocolate covered strawberries recipe (by learning a few tips and tricks on how to make them over the years), and I shared it with her. She was so happy afterwards because she realized just how easy they were to make.
When making chocolate strawberries, the first thing to decide is what kind of chocolate you want to use.
Best Chocolate for Dipping Strawberries
There are a variety of different chocolate options for dipping strawberries. Most work just fine but some have a different result. We typically use Candy Coating or Baker’s Chocolate for our chocolate covered strawberries.
Candy coating is cheaper and usually comes with more, so this is our go-to chocolate. It’s also easy to melt and sets up perfectly. The result is a more candy type chocolate coating with a little bit more stiffness.
We will use Baker’s chocolate when we are making fewer strawberries or when we really want to impress guests. It’s a tid more expensive but has a softer coating and tastes more gourmet.
How to melt chocolate chips for dipping
Chocolate chips can also be used for chocolate dipping. We feel like this is the most unreliable chocolate because it burns more easily. To melt it, microwave chocolate in a glass bowl for 30 seconds on HIGH. Remove and stir. Repeat with 15 seconds blasts in the microwave until all the chocolate is melted. On the stove, be sure to keep on low and stir constantly until all melted.
Do you need a double-boiler for melting chocolate?
Using a double-boiler definitely helps while melting chocolate and also helps it become silky smooth. If you don’t have a double boiler you can bring an inch of water to a simmer in a small pot. Set a glass bowl above it with the chocolate inside and stir until the chocolate is all melted.
Having said that, we rarely use a double-boiler. We just heat our chocolate on low in a pot and stir constantly with a rubber spatula until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
How to make Chocolate Covered Strawberries
As mentioned, these strawberries are so easy to make. If you’ve ever bought them before you will probably remember that were pretty expensive. Making them at home is definitely the way to go to save money and get more of them. With about $10 of supplies, we can get about 2 dozen strawberries with a 16 oz. package of candy coating (AMAZING!). Here is what you’ll need to make them…
Here are the supplies need to make this dipped strawberries:
- 1 pint Strawberries (rinsed and dried)
- Candy Coating or Baker’s chocolate (or chocolate chips) – chocolate and white chocolate
- Parchment Paper
- Plastic Baggie and Scissors
CLEAN STRAWBERRIES. To begin, rinse your strawberries. Place them on a paper towel to dry. I usually do this the morning of when I will be making them.
PREPARE BAKING SHEET. Line a baking sheet or pan with parchment paper. Place strawberries right next to your pan. Also, place a hot pad next to the pan for when the chocolate is melted. NOTE: Sometimes the parchment paper doesn’t stay very well and starts to roll back up. To stop this I will spray a little cooking spray on the pan and then put on the parchment paper. Works like a charm! 😉
MELT CHOCOLATE. Melt your Candy Coating. This can be the tricky part, but the trick is to do only 6 cubes at a time on LOW heat, stirring CONSTANTLY with a rubber spatula. Yes, it may take at least 5 minutes and your hand gets tired, but your candy will melt perfectly. When candy coating is completely smooth, remove from heat.
DIP STRAWBERRIES. Hold your pot of chocolate at an angle. Grab strawberries by the stem and dip both sides in the chocolate and place on your parchment paper. Continue doing this for all strawberries. NOTE: 6 cubes of candy coating will cover between 15-20 small/regular size strawberries. It will also cover 10-12 large strawberries.
LET SET. Let Strawberries set on your counter until hard. Melt opposite chocolate and place in a ziploc bag with a small cut in the corner. Place melted chocolate inside and drizzle back and forth over dipped strawberries.
To set more quickly, place strawberries in the fridge. Just remember that the cold can sometimes produces condensation on the strawberries which can sometimes get in the way for the chocolate drizzle. Sometimes it does nothing, but I hate risking it. 😉
Chocolate Strawberries Tips + Toppings
And be sure to add any other favorite toppings including:
- Chopped Nuts
- Crushed Candy pieces
How to store chocolate covered strawberries
Once made, you can place the strawberries in an air-tight container with wax paper. If eating immediately, you can just leave the strawberries out if serving the same day.
How long do dipped strawberries last?
They typically last only 2-3 days in the fridge but are best served within 48 hours of making them. Be sure to store properly so the fruit won’t go bad.
I’m not going to lie… I’ve made these twice in the last week and I’ll be making them again for Friday!! 😀
For more dessertS:
- Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cupcakes
- Red Velvet Milkshakes
- Pink Dirt Cake Parfaits
- Red Velvet Poke Cake
- Mini Red Velvet Donuts
Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe
- 1 pint strawberries rinsed and dried
- 8 oz melting chocolate
- 2 oz melting chocolate for drizzle
- parchment paper
- 1. Begin by rinsing your strawberries. Place them on a paper towel to dry.
- Line a baking sheet or pan with parchment paper. Place Strawberries right next to your pan. Also, place a hot pad next to the pan for when the chocolate is melted. *NOTE: Sometimes the parchment paper doesn't stay very well and starts to roll back up. To stop this I will spray a little cooking spray on the pan and then put on the parchment paper.
- Melt your Candy Coating. This can be the tricky part, but the trick is to do only a few cubes at a time on LOW heat, stirring CONSTANTLY with a rubber spatula. Yes, it may take at least 5 minutes and your hand gets tired, but your candy will melt perfectly. When candy coating is completely smooth, remove from heat.
- Hold your pot of chocolate at an angle. Grab strawberries by the stem and dip both sides in the chocolate and place on your parchment paper. Continue doing this for all strawberries.
- Let Strawberries set on your counter until hard. Melt opposite chocolate and place in a Ziploc bag with a small cut in the corner. Drizzle back and forth over dipped strawberries. Let set or place in fridge to set more quickly.