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Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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A quick and simple step-by-step tutorial for how to make Chocolate Covered Strawberries. All you need are three ingredients and 20 minutes!

chocolate covered strawberries resting on a piece of parchment paper

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.

Recipe Features:

  • 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!
Strawberries in a strainer

What You Need:

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
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Shortening, optional

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.

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SECRET INGREDIENT:

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.

Strawberry being dipped into melted chocolate

Step By Step Instructions:

  1. Gently wash your strawberries and pat dry. They should be dry before proceeding to the next step.
  2. 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.
  3. Line a baking sheet or plate with parchment paper.
  4. 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.
  5. Set onto the prepared parchment paper to allow to set.
  6. Repeat with the remaining fruit.
Chocolate covered strawberries

Tips and FAQs:

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:

  • Drizzled Chocolate
  • Crushed Oreo Cookies
  • Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • Sprinkles

How long do Chocolate Covered Strawberries Last?

Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries will last 1 to 2 days and should be eaten fairly quickly. If you aren’t planning on eating them right away, they are best stored on a plate or open container in the refrigerator. Allow to come to room temperature before serving.

How to melt chocolate for dipping:

Melting chocolate can seem intimating. Follow the instructions below for a quick and easy melting experience.

How to melt chocolate in a double broiler:

  1. Place the chocolate into a heat proof medium sized bowl and set aside.
  2. Fill a medium saucepan with 2 to 3 inches of water, making sure the water does not touch to bowl when set on top.
  3. Bring the water to a boil. Turn off the stove and remove it from the heat.
  4. Place the bowl of chocolate on top of the heated water. Stir until the chocolate is smooth.

How to melt chocolate in the microwave:

  1. Place the chocolate in a medium heat safe bowl.
  2. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and stir.
  3. Continue to heat in 15 second intervals, stirring between each cycle, until the chocolate is smooth and melted.
Strawberries covered in chocolate

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Yield: 20 berries
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Assemble Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A quick and simple step-by-step tutorial for how to make Chocolate Covered Strawberries. All you need are three ingredients and 20 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 6 oz semi sweet or dark chocolate chips, about 1 cup
  • 20 strawberries, washed and dried fully
  • Shortening, optional

Instructions

1. Gently wash your strawberries and pat dry. They should be dry before proceeding to the next step.

2. 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.

3. Line a baking sheet or plate with parchment paper.

4. 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.

5. Set onto the prepared parchment paper to allow to set.

6. Repeat with the remaining fruit.

Notes

How to melt chocolate in a double broiler:

  1. Place the chocolate into a heat proof medium sized bowl and set aside.
  2. Fill a medium saucepan with 2 to 3 inches of water, making sure the water does not touch to bowl when set on top.
  3. Bring the water to a boil. Turn off the stove and remove it from the heat.
  4. Place the bowl of chocolate on top of the heated water. Stir until the chocolate is smooth.

How to melt chocolate in the microwave:

  1. Place the chocolate in a medium heat safe bowl.
  2. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and stir.
  3. Continue to heat in 15 second intervals, stirring between each cycle, until the chocolate is smooth and melted.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 5 berries
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 287Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 5gSugar: 25gProtein: 3g
A quick and simple step-by-step tutorial for how to make Chocolate Covered Strawberries. All you need are three ingredients and 20 minutes!
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