Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe (video)

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Learn how to make the most beautiful chocolate covered strawberries at home for any special occasion! Chocolate strawberries are great for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, New Year’s Eve, and so much for. They’re fun and easy to make at home, too! You can enjoy plain chocolate strawberries, or garnish them with sprinkles, nuts, or more chocolate!

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Ingredients for Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Here are the main ingredients you’ll need to prepare some chocolate covered strawberries. Find the full list of ingredients in the printable recipe card below.

  • Strawberries – large or jumbo-sized strawberries work best for dipping in chocolate. Most grocery stores will carry large berries around holidays like Valentine’s Day and Christmas.
  • Milk & Dark Chocolate Melts – what’s the best chocolate for dipping strawberries? I recommend using chocolate melts versus chocolate chips. They do not require tempering (cooling the chocolate to a specific temperature) and will set quickly at room temperature. Both milk and dark chocolate work great.
  • White Chocolate Melts – you’ll need just a small amount of white chocolate for garnishing the strawberries. Use white chocolate when adding sprinkles.
  • Sprinkles & Nuts – these are optional but a great way to garnish the strawberries. Pistachios, almonds, pecans, or macadamia nuts all work well.

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Preparing the Strawberries

Before making the chocolate covered strawberries, you’ll need to prepare the strawberries.

  1. The strawberries need to be washed and dried prior to dipping them into chocolate.
  2. Fill a large bowl with cool water and stir in about 1/3 cup baking soda. Add the strawberries and soak for about 30 seconds to a minute before rinsing the berries.
  3. Dry the berries on paper towels and pat the berries dry; they should be completely dry before adding chocolate.

Melting Chocolate for Dipping Strawberries

Chocolate melts can be melted two different ways:

  • Melting Chocolate in the Microwave: place the chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat the chocolate in 1-minute intervals, stirring after each interval. Heat until the chocolate is silky smooth.
  • Melting Chocolate on the Stovetop: fill a small pot halfway with water and bring it to a low simmer. Place a bowl over the water, but it should not touch the water! Add in the chocolate and stir often until the chocolate is melted and smooth.  
  • Melting White Chocolate: white chocolate can be tricky to melt and requires a slightly different approach. If using the microwave, heat and stir in 30-second intervals. If the chocolate remains thick and clumpy, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of shortening to help make it smooth.
a plate with many chocolate covered strawberries on a table with strawberries, sprinkles, and decorative tea towels.

How to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Once you have the strawberries dried and the chocolate melted, it’s time to make some chocolate covered strawberries!

  1. To dip the strawberries – gently pull away the leaves up and away from the fruit, then dip the strawberries into the melted chocolate, rotating the berry to coat it all over.
  2. Gently twirl the berry by the stem, allowing excess chocolate to drip off and back into the bowl. Use a small spatula to gently scrap off excess chocolate from the back of the berry, if necessary.
  3. Place the chocolate strawberries onto a baking sheet lined with a silicon mat or parchment paper to set.

Adding Extra Garnishes: Chocolate Drizzle

To add a classic white chocolate drizzle on top, allow the milk/dark chocolate to set first. Transfer a small amount of melted white chocolate into a pastry bag, cut a tiny tip off the end, then drizzle the white chocolate over the strawberry.

  • This method can also be done with dark chocolate drizzled over a white chocolate covered strawberry.
  • You can also do a two-tone drizzle with white chocolate and dark chocolate.

Adding Extra Garnishes: Sprinkles & Nuts

  • When using dark colored or mixed sprinkles, a white chocolate base works best as it will highlight the colors. A dark chocolate base will work with light colored sprinkles.
  • For the best results, add sprinkles and chopped nuts (pistachios, almonds, pecans, or macadamia) while the chocolate base is still melted/wet.
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Making Tuxedo Strawberries

Tuxedo strawberries are so cute and fun to make!

  1. First, dip one side of each strawberry into white chocolate, then set onto the mat to set.
  2. Next, dip each strawberry into dark chocolate, leaving a ‘V’ shape of white chocolate peeking through in the middle.
  3. Use a toothpick to add drops of chocolate to create a ‘bowtie’ and for adding little ‘buttons’.

How to Store Chocolate Strawberries

Chocolate covered strawberries are best enjoyed within 24 to 36 hours when they are fresh and look their best.

As the strawberries stand, they will begin to weep juices, which will cause the chocolate to separate from the berry.

If you are planning to enjoy them within a few hours, simply keep them on a tray at room temperature. For storing overnight, place the berries into an airtight container and into the fridge.

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More Recipes to Try!

Enjoyed this chocolate covered strawberry tutorial? Check out some of my other recipes you’re sure to love!

  • The Best Strawberry Cheesecake – a fruity strawberry cheesecake topped with chocolate covered strawberries and whipped cream!
  • Persian Love Cake – an exotic cake, great for any occasion! A pistachio rosewater cake with a touch of warming cardamom and orange zest.
  • Strawberry Shortcake – an incredible strawberry cake with delicate cake layers, fluffy whipped cream, and loads of berries!
  • Strawberry Cream Puffs – an easy and delicious dessert that never disappoints! Delicate pastries filled with strawberry whipped cream.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe (video)

45 minutes prep + 5 minutes cook
24 strawberries
Learn how to make the most beautiful chocolate covered strawberries, perfect for any special occasion!

Equipment

  • 2 silicon mats for setting the chocolate strawberries
  • 3 mixing bowls for melting the chocolate
  • disposable pastry bag

Ingredients 

  • 24 extra-large strawberries
  • 1/3 cup baking soda, for washing berries
  • 4 to 8 oz dark chocolate melts
  • one or both (use 8 oz if using just one type)
  • 4 to 8 oz milk chocolate melts
  • 4 oz white chocolate melts
  • 1 to 2 tsp shortening, if needed
  • sprinkles, optional
  • finely diced nuts, optional

Instructions

Preparing the Strawberries:

  • The strawberries need to be washed and dried prior to dipping them into chocolate.
  • Fill a large bowl with cool water and stir in about 1/3 cup baking soda. Add the strawberries and soak for about a minute before rinsing the berries.
  • Dry the berries on paper towels and pat the berries dry; they should be completely dry before adding chocolate.

Melting the Chocolate:

  • Melting Chocolate in the Microwave: place the chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat the chocolate in 1-minute intervals, stirring after each interval. Heat until the chocolate is silky smooth.
  • Melting Chocolate on the Stovetop: fill a small pot halfway with water and bring it to a low simmer. Place a bowl over the water, but it should not touch the water! Add in the chocolate and stir often until the chocolate is melted and smooth.  
  • Melting White Chocolate: white chocolate can be tricky to melt and requires a slightly different approach. If using the microwave, heat and stir in 30-second intervals. If the chocolate remains thick and clumpy, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of shortening to help make it smooth.

How to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries:

  • To dip the strawberries – gently pull away the leaves up and away from the fruit, then dip the strawberries into the melted chocolate, rotating the berry to coat it all over.
  • Gently twirl the berry by the stem, allowing excess chocolate to drip off and back into the bowl. Use a small spatula to gently scrap off excess chocolate from the back of the berry, if necessary.
  • Place the chocolate strawberries onto a baking sheet lined with a silicon mat or parchment paper to set.

Adding Chocolate Drizzle:

  • To add a classic white chocolate drizzle on top, allow the milk/dark chocolate to set first. Transfer a small amount of melted white chocolate into a pastry bag, cut a tiny tip off the end, then drizzle the white chocolate over the strawberry.
  • This method can also be done with dark chocolate drizzled over a white chocolate covered strawberry.
  • You can also do a two-tone drizzle with white chocolate and dark chocolate.

Adding Sprinkles & Nuts:

  • When using dark colored or mixed sprinkles, a white chocolate base works best as it will highlight the colors. A dark chocolate base will work with light colored sprinkles.
  • For the best results, add sprinkles and chopped nuts (pistachios, almonds, pecans, or macadamia) while the chocolate base is still melted/wet.

Making Tuxedo Strawberries:

  • First, dip one side of each strawberry into white chocolate, then set onto the mat to set.
  • Next, dip each strawberry into dark chocolate, leaving a ‘V’ shape of white chocolate peeking through in the middle.
  • Use a toothpick to add drops of chocolate to create a ‘bowtie’ and for adding little ‘buttons’.

Storing Suggestions:

  • Chocolate covered strawberries are best enjoyed within 24 to 36 hours when they are fresh and look their best.
  • As the strawberries stand, they will begin to weep juices, which will cause the chocolate to separate from the berry.
  • If you are planning to enjoy them within a few hours, simply keep them on a tray at room temperature. For storing overnight, place the berries into an airtight container and into the fridge.