This easy-peasy recipe for Chocolate Covered Strawberries will have you falling in love with dessert all over again! In just a few simple steps, you’ll have a delicious treat that’s sure to sweeten any moment – whether it’s a romantic rendezvous or a solo self-care session. So, grab those strawberries and let the chocolatey enchantment begin!
Why You’ll Love This Easy Dessert
- Minimal Ingredients: You only technically need TWO ingredients, but I have a secret ingredient that is a total game changer.
- Quick and Easy: Start to finish you are looking at about 20 minutes of work time.
- PERFECT Easy Dessert: Ideal for Valentine’s Day or a homemade anniversary treat!
I can’t be the only one that is constantly surprised at the high price tag of store bought chocolate covered strawberries, can I? This is the cheapest dessert to make and incredibly easy. Ditch the pre-packaged berries and make your own!
From start to finish you’re looking at 20 minutes of time! The end results are 20 beautiful berries perfectly dipped in chocolate and ready to be devoured.
Best Chocolate For Dipping Strawberries
Here is the skinny, since there are minimal ingredients, you should reach for a better quality chocolate. The best chocolate for homemade chocolate covered strawberries is one that melts easily and smoothly.
- Strawberries: Use fresh berries. Frozen berries become mushy and contain added moisture that will cause the chocolate to seize.
- Chocolate: The best chocolate for dipping strawberries is couverture chocolate. Couverture chocolate contains a higher percentage of cocoa butter compared to regular chocolate, which gives it a smoother texture and a glossy finish when melted and tempered. This makes it ideal for coating fruits like strawberries, as it provides a thin, even, and professional-looking coating. That being said, I’m showing you how to dip strawberries in melted chocolate chips, because that is what most people already have on hand.
- Shortening, optional: This ingredient helps to thin the chocolate making it easier to dip and coat the berries.
You definitely can use a cheaper chocolate, but it won’t give you the pretty finish and can be a tad more tricky to work with. I suggest Ghirardelli (affiliate) or Guittard (affiliate). These are delicious higher quality without the high price tag.
Making Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- PREP: Gently wash your strawberries and pat dry. Line a baking sheet or plate with parchment paper and set aside.
- CHOCOLATE: Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or microwave (see below). Add a teaspoon or two of shortening, if needed, to slightly thin the chocolate if you find it to be too thick.
- DIP: Holding the berry by the top or stem, dip into the melted chocolate. Lift and twist slightly to allow the excess chocolate to fall back into the cup or bowl.
- REST: Set onto the prepared parchment paper to allow to set. Repeat with the remaining fruit.
- ENJOY: Refrigerate if making in advance or enjoy your berries!
Pausing the post to share my ULTIMATE tip. If you find your chocolate is a tad too thick, add a teaspoon or two of shortening to the melted chips.
Shortening will help to slightly thin out the chocolate without having it seize. This keeps you from having a chocolate coating that is too thick and overwhelming with the delicate berry flavor.
NOTE: DO NOT substitute butter for shortening. This will cause the melted chocolate to immediately seize and be ruined.
Gently rinse the strawberries under cold water and pat them dry with a paper towel to ensure the chocolate adheres well.
Fresh strawberries work best for this recipe to achieve the ideal texture and flavor. Frozen strawberries might release excess moisture, affecting the chocolate coating.
Make sure no water gets into the chocolate while melting, as it can cause seizing. Stir gently and avoid overheating the chocolate.
Store them in a single layer in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. They are best enjoyed fresh but can be stored briefly.
This recipe is so simple and easy. I do have just a few quick tips that could be helpful. First of all, there are so many ways you can decorate your strawberries. Here are some easy chocolate covered strawberry toppings:
Crushed Oreo Cookies
Graham Cracker Crumbs
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- 6 oz semi sweet or dark chocolate chips about 1 cup
- 20 strawberries washed and dried fully
- Shortening optional
- Gently wash your strawberries and pat dry. They should be dry before proceeding to the next step.
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or microwave (see below). Add a teaspoon or two of shortening, if needed, to slightly thin the chocolate if you find it to be too thick.
- Line a baking sheet or plate with parchment paper.
- Holding the berry by the top or stem, dip into the melted chocolate. Lift and twist slightly to allow the excess chocolate to fall back into the cup or bowl.
- Set onto the prepared parchment paper to allow to set.
- Repeat with the remaining fruit.
How to melt chocolate in a double broiler:
- Place the chocolate into a heat proof medium sized bowl and set aside.
- Fill a medium saucepan with 2 to 3 inches of water, making sure the water does not touch to bowl when set on top.
- Bring the water to a boil. Turn off the stove and remove it from the heat.
- Place the bowl of chocolate on top of the heated water. Stir until the chocolate is smooth.
How to melt chocolate in the microwave:
- Place the chocolate in a medium heat safe bowl.
- Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and stir.
- Continue to heat in 15 second intervals, stirring between each cycle, until the chocolate is smooth and melted.
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