Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries – The perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day! These chocolate covered strawberries are super easy and taste absolutely delicious.
I love to make chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine’s Day. They’re the perfect homemade sweet treat and turn out delicious every time. Some of my other Valentine’s favorites are sprinkle sugar cookies, chocolate-dipped strawberry cookies and M&M brownie cookies.
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
I like to melt my chocolate for dipping 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 the chocolate is 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 chocolate texture that’s perfect for dipping. Click here for more tips and tricks for melting chocolate.
How to make chocolate covered strawberries
Scroll down for the printable chocolate covered strawberries recipe and video tutorial.
- Line baking sheet with parchment or wax paper and set aside.
- Place chocolate in microwave safe bowl and melt at 50% power in 30 second intervals (stirring in between). Once chocolate has almost melted, remove from microwave and stir until smooth.
- Dip each strawberry in chocolate, turning to coat all sides. Lift and let chocolate drip for a second, then place on baking sheet. Refrigerate 5-10 minutes, until chocolate has hardened.
- To drizzle, melt the drizzling chocolate the same way you melted your dipping chocolate. Pour melted chocolate 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.
- Refrigerate until firm. Keep stored in fridge.
NOTE: To coat your chocolate covered strawberries in chocolate chips or nuts, simply sprinkle with coating immediately after dipping in chocolate. The chocolate will harden fast, so be sure to move quickly! Then place on baking sheet to dry.
Tips for making chocolate covered strawberries
I’ve learned a few tricks of the trade from all the times that I’ve made these chocolate dipped strawberries before. :) Check them out below.
- 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.
- Make sure your strawberries are completely 100% dry before you dip them in the chocolate. 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.
- After they’ve been dipped, place on wax paper. You can draw a line around the chocolate strawberry with a toothpick (before the chocolate dries), so you have clean lines when they dry and you pull them up.
- 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 chocolate drizzle and coatings cover up a lot of mistakes, and they taste great either way!
How to decorate chocolate covered strawberries
Below are a few of my favorite ways to decorate chocolate covered strawberries.
If drizzling chocolate strawberries, let them chill in the fridge for 5-10 minutes prior to adding the chocolate drizzle. The drizzle won’t stick if the dipped strawberries are still wet.
To add coatings like nuts or chocolate chips, immediately sprinkle while the dipped strawberries are still wet. This will help the coating stick to the chocolate strawberries. Make sure to move fast…the chocolate hardens quickly!
- White chocolate drizzle: Dip strawberries in milk or dark chocolate and drizzle with white chocolate.
- Dark chocolate drizzle: Dip strawberries in white chocolate and drizzle with dark chocolate.
- Chocolate chip coating: Sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top of chocolate covered strawberries.
- Crushed nuts coating: Sprinkle crushed nuts on top of milk or dark chocolate covered strawberries.
- Sprinkle coating: Top chocolate dipped strawberries with sprinkles.
How to store chocolate covered strawberries
To store, place chocolate strawberries in an airtight container and keep in refrigerator. I like to place a paper towel at the bottom of my container and add my chocolate strawberries on top. This helps eliminate any extra condensation. The chocolate strawberries will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Recipe
- 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.
Happy strawberry dipping, and happy Valentine’s Day! ENJOY!