Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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 Covered Strawberries on white plate

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 realizing they were so easy and that they were way less expensive to make than buy.

Today, I will be sharing all of our tips to get the PERFECT Chocolate Dipped Strawberries. We hope you like them!

Best Chocolate for Dipping Strawberries

Best Chocolate for Dipping Strawberries

When making chocolate strawberries, the first thing to decide is what kind of chocolate you want to use.

There are a variety of different chocolate options for dipping strawberries. Most work just fine but some have a different result. We typically use one of the following:

  • Ghirardelli Melting Wafers (milk, white or dark chocolate)
  • Candy Coating
  • Baker’s Chocolate
  • Chocolate Chips (Our favorite our Guittard Chips)

Our current favorite chocolate to use are the Ghirardelli Melting Wafers. The chocolate is delicious, and melts very easily.

Candy coating is a great option because it’s the least expensive and comes with a lot so you can get a lot of strawberries out of one box. 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.

Guittard Chocolate Chips aren’t too expensive, and the chocolate is incredible!! Whether you like dark, milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate, these chips are a great option. We have seen that chocolate chips burn more easily so you need to be extra careful when melting.

How to make chocolate covered strawberries

How to melt chocolate

For any of the chocolates listed above, we typically melt them in a small pot on LOW heat. The key is to stir constantly with a rubber spatula until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

You can also use the microwave to melt chocolate. To do that, microwave chocolate in a glass bowl (or microwave-safe bowl) for 30 seconds on HIGH. Remove and stir. Repeat with 15 seconds blasts in the microwave until all the chocolate is 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 and use the method above for melting chocolate.

Strawberries on table

What You’ll NEED

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 at least 2 dozen strawberries with a 16 oz. package of candy coating or bag of Ghirardelli melting wafers. 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 completely)
  • Chocolate for melting – we use milk chocolate and white chocolate
  • Parchment Paper
  • Plastic Baggie and Scissors
Strawberries on parchment paper

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES

CLEAN STRAWBERRIES. To begin, rinse your berries. Place them on a paper towel to dry. I usually do this the morning of when I will be making them.

NOTE: Making sure the strawberries are completely dry is key since chocolate will not stick to water.

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 chocolate. Melt on LOW heat in the saucepan, 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 chocolate is completely smooth, remove from heat.

Chocolate dipped strawberries on parchment paper

Continued…

DIP STRAWBERRIES. Hold your pot of chocolate at an angle. Grab strawberries by the stem and dip both sides in the chocolate making sure to shake off excess chocolate and place on your parchment paper. Continue doing this for all strawberries.

NOTE: One thing I like to do is go back and double dip the strawberries once they’ve set. Makes them extra chocolate-y and SMOOTH on the outside. I can usually get about 16 medium strawberries done with one bag of Ghirardelli melting wafers.

ANOTHER 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 (or piping 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 refrigerator.

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. 😉

GIFT or ENJOY. We like to place these in a cute container or on a plate and wrap in cellophane to gift. Or, we love to have them for parties or special dinners and holidays.

Piping bag for dipped strawberries
Chocolate Covered strawberries recipe - white chocolate drizzled

Chocolate Strawberries FAQ

Top Tips for Perfect Chocolate Strawberries?

  • Make sure the strawberries are completely dry before dipping
  • Let excess chocolate come off strawberries and wipe bottom on the edge of pan to prevent chocolate from pooling when placed on parchment
  • Double coat the strawberries in chocolate to make them ultra smooth
  • Use another chocolate to drizzle on or add toppings to make them look gourmet

Best toppings to use? Some of our favorite toppings including:

  • Sprinkles
  • Chopped Nuts (nuts, pistachios, almonds, pecans, etc).
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • 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.

Close up of chocolate strawberries  o white plate

I’m not going to lie… I’ve made these twice in the last week and I’ll be making them again for Friday!! 😀

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe

5 from 33 votes
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!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 144 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 pint strawberries, rinsed and dried
  • 8 oz melting chocolate
  • 2 oz melting chocolate, for drizzle
  • parchment paper

Instructions
 

  • 1Begin 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 chocolate. Melt on LOW heat in the saucepan, 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 chocolate 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 making sure to shake off excess chocolate and place on your parchment paper. Continue doing this for all strawberries. NOTE: One thing I like to do is go back and double dip the strawberries once they've set. Makes them extra chocolate-y and SMOOTH on the outside.
  • Let Strawberries set on your counter until hard. Melt opposite chocolate and place in a ziploc bag (or piping bag) with a small cut in the corner. Place melted chocolate inside and drizzle back and forth over dipped 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.

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Notes

Top Tips for Perfect Chocolate Strawberries?
  • Make sure the strawberries are completely dry before dipping
  • Let excess chocolate come off strawberries and wipe bottom on the edge of pan to prevent chocolate from pooling when placed on parchment
  • Double coat the strawberries in chocolate to make them ultra smooth
  • Use another chocolate to drizzle on or add toppings to make them look gourmet

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  1. 5 stars
    My family gets so excited when I make these for them!! They are gone in minutes!! They are super easy to make & are a fun little Valentine treat!

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you for all the tips! I love to make these each year and you’ve totally broken it down and made it easy! Not to mention SO delicious!!

  3. 5 stars
    I use this recipe every year to make chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine’s Day! It’s easier than you think!! I’m always so impressed with the result.

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