How to make Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries with only 2 ingredients and in 30 minutes. Perfect for special occasions like Valentine's Day, Mothers Day, or for those days when you just want a sweet treat.
Every year when Valentine's Day is approaching, my girls and I make Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries.
We make it really easy. We use whatever melting chocolate we have on hand. We melt the chocolate, dip the strawberries in and let them set then we enjoy.
The other day my 9-year-old exclaimed, "You don't have a chocolate-covered strawberries recipe on your blog!?" So I wanted to change that.
In this post, I share with you my super easy approach to making chocolate-covered strawberries.
Besides Mr. N bought some lovely-looking strawberries the other day. I am talking big red juicy filled-with-strawberry flavor strawberries.
They looked perfect for chocolate-dipped strawberries. So I thought maybe this is a sign that I need to make one of my favorite treats.
Why You'll Love Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
- This dessert is ridiculously easy to make yet it looks so fancy. No need for any special equipment or skills.
- Chocolate-dipped strawberries are super quick to make. They do not take too much-hands on time at all. In less than 15 minutes you'll be able to have a good amount of strawberries dipped in chocolate. If you need to take an impressive treat to take somewhere really quick, this is the dessert to make.
- Chocolate-dipped strawberries are perfect for special occasions. Whether you want a Valentine's Day treat, a Mother's Day treat, or just a quick treat to satisfy your sweet cravings, this is the dessert to make.
- It includes fresh fruit. I love the element of freshness in the strawberries.
Ingredients For Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Fresh Strawberries: Get the reddest biggest ones you can find. The redder the strawberries the tastier they will be with amazing strawberry flavor. It just works so much better with big red juicy strawberries.
Melting Chocolate: Any melting chocolate would work for choc covered strawberries. I used Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Flavored Melting Wafers. It is specifically meant for melting so it melts smoothly for a lovely finish on the strawberries. You could also use Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Premium Baking Bar or really any melting chocolate you have on hand. Dark chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, or even white chocolate would work here.
How To Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries Easy
Here is how to make chocolate-covered strawberries in 5 easy steps:
Step 1: Rinse strawberries and pat them dry with paper towels or let them air dry placed on paper towels.
Step 2: Melt chocolate on the stovetop (double boiler method) or in the microwave.
To use the double boiler method to melt the chocolate: Place a small pot on medium heat with water in the pot up to 2 inches. Meanwhile, place chocolate in a small mixing bowl (I used a small Pyrex mixing bowl). Let the water heat up to a simmer (do not boil water) then place the bowl with the chocolate on top of the simmering pot. Keep stirring with a spatula until the chocolate melts.
To use the microwave method to melt the chocolate: Microwave for 30 seconds at a time until the chocolate melts. The chocolate should be a dripping consistency after it melts. Some melted chocolate will be thicker side depending on what chocolate you use.
Step 3: Hold a strawberry by its leaves and dip it into the melted chocolate. Dip a few times to coat completely.
Step 4: Place the Chocolate Dipped Strawberries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or on a silicone mat.
Step 5: Let the strawberries set at room temperature until the chocolate hardens. You can speed up the process by putting them in the refrigerator.
And that's how you make easy chocolate covered strawberries!
Drizzle with White Chocolate: If you like also melt white chocolate, and drizzle over the strawberries. Hold up some of the melted white chocolate with a butter knife and drizzle over the strawberries while moving the strawberries back and forth.
Tips For The Best Easy Choc Covered Strawberries
- Wash the strawberries with vinegar and water. Place 8 cups of water and half a cup of vinegar in a large mixing bowl. Put the strawberries in and let them sit for 10 minutes. Drain the strawberries in a large colander then rinse with water one more time.
- Quickly dry strawberries by patting them dry one after the other with paper towels. If you plan ahead you can wash strawberries and let them air dry on a baking sheet lined with paper towels or let them dry overnight in the fridge.
- Only dip into chocolate strawberries that are completely dry. If the strawberries are wet the chocolate might not stick properly to them.
- Don't let water get into the chocolate when melting it or it will seize (become rough).
- Sprinkle on or coat the strawberries in any toppings you want to use as soon as you dip the strawberries into chocolate and the chocolate hasn't hardened yet. This will help the sprinkles/coatings stick.
- Drizzle with more chocolate only after the first coating of chocolate has set.
- Enjoy chocolate-covered strawberries best on the same day as made. You could leave them for a day or 2 in the fridge but they will start to lose their quality if they last long.
- Coat strawberries in other crushed nuts like crushed peanuts or almonds as soon as you dip them in chocolate.
- You could also coat chocolate-covered strawberries in toasted coconut flakes.
- Add sprinkles to the strawberries for a fun effect.
- Drizzle white chocolate on top once the first coating of chocolate hardens.
- Dip the strawberries in melted white chocolate or other candy melts for a variety of colors.
- Make a chocolate-covered strawberry bouquet.
What Kind of Chocolate Should I Use?
Any melting chocolate will work for easy chocolate covered strawberries. But there are certain things to note about the kind of chocolate you use.
- Chocolate chips melt to a thicker consistency. This will lead to a thick covering on your strawberries which is not bad but note that your chocolate covered strawberries might not look very smooth (if smooth choc-covered strawberries matter to you).
- Melting Chocolate wafers melt to a lighter consistency and look smoother on strawberries but you have to make sure the bottoms (the parts on which they sit to dry) of the strawberries are well coated too. Sometimes a little of the fruit might be exposed. You could dip the strawberries in chocolate a second time to ensure they are well coated.
More Easy Chocolate Desserts
Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- 1 pound large strawberries 16-18 strawberries
- 10 oz melting chocolate I used Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Flavored Melting Wafers
- Rinse And Dry The Strawberries. Rinse the strawberries thoroughly and pat dry with paper towels. I like to pat the strawberries dry with paper towels one at a time to ensure that they are well dried and also to be able to use them immediately. You could also let the strawberries air dry or let them dry overnight in the fridge.
- Melt The Chocolate. Use the double boiler method to melt the chocolate. Place a small pot on medium heat with water in the pot up to 2 inches. Meanwhile, place chocolate in a small mixing bowl (I used a small Pyrex mixing bowl). Let the water heat up to a simmer (do not boil water) then place the bowl with the chocolate on top of the simmering pot. Keep stirring with a spatula until the chocolate melts. Alternately, melt the chocolate in the microwave.Microwave method: Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high 30 minutes at a time until melted. Remove after the microwave after every 30 seconds and stir. Once the chocolate is melted stop heating it up as it could burn.
- Dip The Strawberries Into The Chocolate. Gather the leaves on a strawberry with your fingers and dip it into the melted chocolate. You'll have to dip a few times to ensure that the chocolate completely coats the strawberries. Place the chocolate dipped strawberry on a tray lined with parchment paper. Repeat the process with all of the strawberries.
- Let The Strawberries Set. Let the strawberries set at room temperature for about 30 minutes until the chocolate hardens and looks matte. To speed up the process, place the strawberries into the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
- Serve. Serve and enjoy on the same day as made.
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