Learn how to make beautiful chocolate covered strawberries. This easy recipe shows you how to make chocolate dipped fruit that looks like you bought them from a candy shop, and it’s so simple!
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Chocolate Covered Strawberries
I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who didn’t love a plump, juicy strawberry covered in decadent chocolate. Using fresh fruit feels less like cheating, doesn’t it?
I am all about making desserts out of strawberries. And when it can be easy and fun, that’s a truly winning combination. Chocolate covered strawberries make a delicious gift for a friend or to take to a shower. They are also perfect for Valentine’s Day or Sweetest Day and are a beautiful, romantic dessert for two.
Kitchen Tips Before You Begin
- Chill your sheet pan so that when you place your strawberries down, the chocolate will begin to set quicker. I place mine in the freezer while I am melting the chocolate.
- Use a double boiler or a bowl set onto a saucepan of simmering water to melt your chocolate. The microwave will work, but if left in too long can scorch the chocolate and ruin the consistency. Slow melting is much safer and produces smooth, silky chocolate.
- You can use a fork dipped in melted chocolate to drizzle. If you want to be more precise, put some melted chocolate in a plastic zipper bag and snip a tiny piece off the corner. This will act as a piping bag and you will have more control and be able to drizzle slowly.
- Decorate the berries with pretty sprinkles or colored sugar by rolling the dipped berry into the decoration of choice before resting on the sheet pan.
- Don’t refrigerate longer than the suggested 15 minutes. You only want the chocolate to set, but leaving them in longer can cause the chocolate to sweat. So once your berries are set, I leave mine for about an hour on the counter, you can store them in a covered container in a cool place.
Ingredients and supplies you will need:
- Strawberries should be firm and ripe, but not too soft. I suggest 2 pounds for this recipe, but you need about 18 big, plump strawberries, preferably all the same size.
- Chocolate chips totally work for this and you can use any variety such as dark, semi-sweet, and milk chocolate. Just be sure to read the notes about the melting process so it doesn’t seize up on you. My preference is actually Ghirardelli’s dark chocolate chips!
- White chocolate can be used for both dipping and decorating. Like the chocolate chips, white chocolate chips are fine as is something like CandiQuik or almond bark. I prefer the chips over the latter though.
- Wooden skewers like these 6-inch ones, make the perfect handle. Trying to dip a strawberry by the leaves is iffy at best and can result in a dropped berry. Sad face!
- Decorations aside from drizzled melted chocolate can include sprinkles, decorator sugar, nonpareils, and candy melts. use your imagination and decorate to your heart’s content!
How to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- First, line a sheet pan with waxed or parchment paper. Insert a skewer into the stem end of each strawberry.
- Place the two types of chocolates into separate glass or heat proof bowls (or use a double boiler). Put about 2 inches of water into two saucepans and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off the heat and set the bowls of chocolate over the water to melt. Stir chocolate until smooth.
- Using the skewer as a handle, dip the fruit into the chocolate. Lift and turn, allowing excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. Place dipped berries onto the lined sheet pan.
- Repeat with remaining strawberries, letting them all rest on the pan until you are finished.
- Dip a fork into contrasting melted chocolate and wave it back and forth across the chocolate covered berry. Place berries in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to help the chocolate set up.
- Remove from the refrigerator and allow to air dry for 30-45 minutes before placing in a covered container. Do not store in the refrigerator.
Holiday & Seasonal Variations
While strawberries are usually in season from June to July, the U.S. imports the plump, juicy fruit all year long. This means you can enjoy this decadent treat any time of year. Here are some ideas for you:
Use white chocolate or light blue candy melts for dipping. Decorate with white or silver decorator sugar or sprinkles and drizzle blue dipped berries with white chocolate.
Valentine’s Day calls for dark or milk chocolate dips, but white chocolate and pink candy melts are also popular. Use fun sprinkles in pink, white and red, and you can likely find little heart shaped sprinkles too. See my Valentine Chocolate Covered Strawberries here.
Bring the luck of the Irish to your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Green candy melts, white chocolate, and dark chocolate are all ideal for dipping. Decorate with gold, yellow, or green sprinkles or sugar. You could even create a rainbow of chocolate dipped strawberries!
April & May
These months are synonymous with spring and Easter is usually early in April. Pastels are the perfect choice and candy melts come in a huge array of colors.
June to August
While June is peak season for strawberries, the summer months can get pretty hot and wreak havoc on all your hard work. Keep berries in the air conditioned house until ready to serve. July is the perfect time for patriotic chocolate covered strawberries! White chocolate dipped or rolled in blue and/or red sugar is very popular.
Make your berries look like little pumpkins by dipping them in orange candy melts! Drizzle them with milk or dark chocolate and bring along to the harvest festival. See our simple Fall Chocolate Covered Strawberries here.
Oh my Halloween, my second favorite holiday! White chocolate strawberry ghosts are all the rage during this very popular holiday. Dip them in white chocolate and add miniature chocolate chips for eyes. Other fun color ideas include orange, red, green, and purple like these Halloween chocolate covered strawberries.
Thanksgiving colors are those most associated with fall. Brown (best portrayed by milk chocolate), orange, red, and green are all perfect for decorating. You could even create little turkeys by dipping the berries in milk chocolate, adding small candy eyes, and homemade beaks. Beaks can be made b piping melted yellow candy melts onto waxed paper.
I mean, it’s Christmas! There are some pretty creative ways to decorate strawberries for this festive holiday, but my favorite are little Christmas trees. Berries are dipped in green candy melts, placed onto an Oreo cookie tree stand, and decorated with white sprinkles. See our easy Christmas chocolate covered strawberries here.
Even though New Years is technically January 1st, we celebrate the coming of the new year on December 31st. So make some blingy strawberries for the occasion.
More homemade candy ideas:
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
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- 2 pounds strawberries 18-20 evenly sized strawberries
- 12 oz milk chocolate
- 12 oz white chocolate
- Wooden skewers
- Sprinkles and/or colored sugar optional
- First, line a sheet pan with waxed or parchment paper and place it in the freezer to chill. Insert a skewer into the stem end of each strawberry.
- Place the two types of chocolates into separate glass or heat proof bowls. Put about 2 inches of water into two saucepans and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off the heat and set the bowls of chocolate over the water to melt. Stir chocolate until smooth.
- Remove the sheet pan from the freezer.
- Using the skewer as a handle, dip the fruit into the chocolate. Lift and turn, allowing excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. Place dipped berries onto the chilled lined sheet pan.
- Repeat with remaining strawberries.
- Dip a fork in the white chocolate and drizzle the white chocolate over the dipped strawberries.
- Dip one half of the chocolate covered strawberry into white chocolate.
- Roll dipped strawberries into colorful sprinkles or decorator sugar.
- Place in the refrigerator to set for 15 minutes. Remove from the refrigerator after that so that the chocolate doesn't sweat.