These chocolate covered strawberries are super easy to make and taste absolutely delicious. The perfect Valentine’s Day dessert!
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Valentines Chocolate Covered Strawberries
February is definitely my most favorite month! I know people get excited about other holidays…but for me, Valentine’s Day is totally where it’s at! I’ve loved it since I was a child, and just seeing all the pretty pinks and reds at the stores this time of year makes my heart go pitter-pat.
I love that Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show my little family how much I love them. I always go all out with a big Valentine’s breakfast and make french toast, German pancakes, crepes…you name it. Then I leave gifts and treats on each of my family members’ plates. This year I will definitely be making these easy chocolate covered strawberries for the big day!
If you haven’t made DIY chocolate covered strawberries before, rest assured that they are surprisingly simple and easy to make. They are still totally impressive, though! Strawberries and chocolate are always a delicious combination, and I love biting through the firm chocolate shell into the juicy berry beneath. YUM!
What is the Best Chocolate to Melt?
It’s important that you use good quality chocolate! It honestly makes all the difference. Below are a few of my favorites that I’ve used in the past. They each worked great and the dipped strawberries came out amazing!
- Pound Plus Bars from Trader Joe’s
- Ghirardelli Bars
- Ghirardelli Melting Wafers
Tips for Melting Chocolate
I like to melt my chocolate in the microwave. It’s not only easy, but quick too! I’ve found that it’s best to microwave at 50% power in 30 second intervals, stirring in between. Then when it’s almost melted, you can take it out of the microwave and stir until it all melts through. This will prevent burning and give you that smooth and creamy texture that’s perfect for dipping. You can also melt it in a double broiler if you have one.
How to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- MELT. Place chocolate in microwave safe bowl and melt at 50% power in 30 second intervals (stirring in between). Once it has almost melted, remove from microwave and stir until smooth.
- DIP. Dip each strawberry in chocolate, turning to coat all sides. Lift and let chocolate drip for a second, then place on a lined baking sheet. Refrigerate 5-10 minutes, until hardened.
- DECORATE. To drizzle, melt the drizzling chocolate the same way you melted your dipping chocolate. Pour into a pastry bag (or ziptop bag) and cut a small piece off the tip. Remove strawberries from fridge and drizzle back and forth over strawberries. To coat in chocolate chips or nuts, simply sprinkle with coating immediately after dipping in chocolate. It will harden fast, so be sure to move quickly! Then place on baking sheet to dry.
Tips for the Perfect Chocolate Strawberries
I’ve learned a few tricks of the trade from making them over the years:
- Firm strawberries. Use ripe, firm strawberries. If they start out a little mushy and soft, they’re not going to turn out well. The strawberries will leak and the chocolate will most likely crack and break.
- Let dry completely. Make sure your strawberries are completely 100% dry before you dip them. Even a small droplet of water will make the chocolate not stick.
- Use good quality chocolate. I like to use the Pound Plus bars from Trader Joe’s or Ghirardelli bars because I love the way they taste. I’ve used candy melts (the Ghirardelli brand is my favorite) successfully in the past as well. I usually use Ghirardelli melting wafers for the white chocolate drizzle.
- Toothpick trick. After they’ve been dipped, place on wax paper. You can draw a line around them with a toothpick (before the chocolate dries), so you have clean lines when they dry and you pull them up.
- Practice. Don’t stress about making them perfect! Like most skills, it may take a little practice to feel confident in dipping them, but I’m all for the rustic charm. The drizzle and coatings cover up a lot of mistakes, and they taste great either way!
To store, place in an airtight container and keep in refrigerator. I like to place a paper towel at the bottom of my container and add them on top. This helps eliminate any extra condensation. They will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days.
There are so many fun decorations you can add. Stick with the classic drizzle of chocolate, or coat them in nuts or mini chips. They taste delicious no matter how you decorate them!
- Dip strawberries in milk or dark chocolate and drizzle with white chocolate.
- Dip strawberries in white chocolate and drizzle with dark chocolate.
- Sprinkle mini chips on top.
- Sprinkle crushed nuts on top.
- Top with sprinkles.
TIP: If drizzling in chocolate, let the strawberries chill in the fridge for 5-10 minutes prior to adding the drizzle. It won’t stick if the dipped strawberries are still wet. To add coatings like nuts or mini chips, immediately sprinkle while the strawberries are still wet. This will help the coating stick. Make sure to move fast…it hardens quickly!
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Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- 24 medium strawberries , washed and dried very well
- 8 ounces good quality chocolate or melting wafers , chopped
- 4 ounces white chocolate or melting wafers , chopped
Optional toppings: Chopped nuts, mini chocolate chips
- Line a baking sheet or the counter with parchment or wax paper. Make sure your strawberries are completely dry before beginning (any water will ruin them).
- Add the chocolate to a microwave safe bowl. Melt at 50% power for 30 second intervals, stirring in between. When chocolate is almost melted, remove from microwave and stir until until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
- Dip each strawberry into the chocolate, turning to coat all sides. Lift and let the chocolate drip for a moment, then place on the prepared baking sheet. Complete with remaining strawberries. Refrigerate 5-10 minutes, or until the chocolate has hardened.
- While the chocolate is hardening, melt the white chocolate according to the same directions as the milk chocolate. Pour the melted white chocolate into a pastry bag (or a ziptop bag) and cut a small piece off the tip of the bag. Drizzle back and forth over the strawberries.
- Refrigerate until firm. Store strawberries in the refrigerator.
- Dip in white chocolate with dark chocolate drizzle.
- Sprinkle crushed nuts on top of milk or dark chocolate.
- Sprinkle mini chocolate chips or sprinkles on top.
Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.
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