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Chocolate covered strawberries made EASY! Learn how to make chocolate covered strawberries the easy way, with just two ingredients: strawberries and chocolate.
Everyone loves chocolate dipped strawberries! Strawberries and chocolate go together perfectly. They make an amazing gift for special occasions and holidays like Valentine’s Day!
The best part about this chocolate covered strawberries recipe is how easy it is to make. You can dip an entire batch of strawberries in chocolate in no time!
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When is strawberry season?
The most important part about making any chocolate covered fruit is having fresh fruit. Delicious, plump strawberries are perfect for dipping chocolate. The best way to get high-quality fresh strawberries for dipping is to get them while they’re in season!
On the East coast of the United States, strawberry season lasts through winter. You’ll find in-season strawberries in the store from December through March. On the West coast, strawberry season runs from April through June.
If you keep strawberry season in mind, you can always pick out the best strawberries at the store!
How do you pick out good strawberries?
- Look for bright red berries. If they are too pink or even white (or worse, greenish), they were picked too early. Bright red strawberries are the best berries!
- Smell them. No one will look at you funny for sniffing your berries before you buy them, and it’s worth it! If they smell great, they’ll taste even better.
- Pick out blemishes. Pick bad berries out of the box and don’t let them sit with your good berries. Berries that have severe bruising, mold spots, or are a little too squishy are not good berries. Keep an eye out for those!
- Green leaves = happy berries. They just look better. If the leaves are brown, chances are, the strawberry is not good anymore.
How to Wash Strawberries
Visit our guide on How to Freeze Strawberries to learn how to wash strawberries in-depth! We explain how to wash strawberries in vinegar and in plain water.
For a quick and easy point-of-reference, follow this guide:
- Rinse strawberries with cold water in a colander. Be gentle when rinsing so they do not bruise.
- Dry immediately by patting with paper towel.
For dipping strawberries especially, make sure to pat them dry when you’re done washing them!
How long do strawberries last?
Strawberries last about 7 days in the fridge. You can see our guide above on how to freeze them if you would like them to last longer, but we don’t recommend using frozen strawberries for chocolate covered strawberries.
Your best bet is making chocolate dipped strawberries when they’re still fresh! But of course, making chocolate covered strawberries is a great way to use up berries you may not use.
How to Store Strawberries Until You’re Ready to Use Them
If you have a fresh batch of strawberries you need to store before dipping in chocolate, keep them in a container with a lid that’s lined with a paper towel. Seal it well and place it in the fridge.
Best Chocolate Covered Strawberries Ingredients
- 16 oz. container fresh strawberries
- 6 oz. chocolate chips or white chocolate chips (about ¾ cup)
- 1 tsp. vegetable oil*
Adding a little bit of vegetable oil to your chocolate when melting will keep it at the perfect dipping chocolate consistency for a little longer. It also gives it a nice sheen, so your chocolate strawberries will look even prettier!
Even bakeries use this tip to make their chocolate strawberries and chocolate-covered cakes stand out and look even better, so we recommend giving it a try with your own chocolate dipped strawberries recipe!
Start with 1 tsp. and add more if you find you could use a little more. You can always add more, but you can’t take it out once you add it!
Best Chocolate for Melting
Melting chocolate chips is the best choice for dipping strawberries over other choices for chocolate. Chocolate chips melt easily and taste fantastic, whether you use mini chips or regular size chips. Please note, our chocolate strawberries recipe calls for regular size chips.
When you’re making chocolate covered strawberries, picking the perfect melting chocolate for dipping is important! You want to choose the best chocolate for chocolate covered strawberries, but there are so many options at the store.
The best chocolate for dipping strawberries melts easily and has a good liquidy consistency for dipping. We also prefer to not have to use a double boiler – melting chocolate in the microwave is much easier!
Many recipes will recommend you use semi-sweet chocolate chips. However, we also use dark chocolate and even extra dark chocolate chips – and they are amazing!
White Chocolate Covered Strawberries
White chocolate covered strawberries are also a fantastic choice. White chocolate strawberries are smooth and taste amazing! You can melt your white chocolate chips in the microwave just like you would any other kind.
We do not recommend using candy melts. Though candy melts are made for melting chocolate, we find they just do not have the same flavor as a good brand of chocolate chips.
- Guittard chocolate chips: Our personal favorite. These melt into smooth, beautiful dipping chocolate that tastes amazing. We used Guittard extra dark chocolate chips for our strawberry dip.
- Godiva chocolate chips: Another great choice for making chocolate dipped strawberries. Godiva chocolate strawberries are delicious!
- Ghirardelli chocolate chips: Ghirardelli chocolate chips are a good choice for melting chocolate. Especially their white chocolate chips! Ghirardelli white chocolate melts beautifully and stays liquid long enough to take your time dipping strawberries.
- Hershey’s chocolate chips: Good old Hershey’s are a great choice, too! Try semi-sweet chips or dark chocolate for great results.
How to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Making chocolate covered strawberries is very straightforward! We’re going to show you how to make chocolate dipped strawberries the easy way. Learn how to make chocolate covered strawberries, and you’ll be able to do it perfectly every time.
We’ll start with the best way to melt chocolate: the microwave. It really is so simple, but you have to be careful! There is a key to melting chocolate in the microwave.
The Easy Way: How to Melt Chocolate Chips in Microwave
- Pour your chocolate chips (6 oz. or ¾ cup) into a deep cup or bowl. To avoid tricky clean-up, use a plastic cup or bowl you can dispose of when you’re done.
- Microwave for 30 seconds. When the 30 seconds are up, remove from the microwave and stir.
- Place back in the microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir after the 30 seconds are up. If your chocolate has not fully melted yet, continue to microwave in 30-second intervals.
It’s important not to microwave chocolate for longer than 30 seconds at a time. If you do, your chocolate could seize up in the microwave – in other words, it will bake, dry out, and crack.
Microwave and stir in 30-second intervals to make sure your chocolate comes out liquid-smooth and perfect!
How to Melt Chocolate on Stove
Melting chocolate on the stove results in smooth chocolate that is less likely to burn, so it’s also a good choice for how to make dipping chocolate.
To melt chocolate on the stove, you’ll need a double-boiler. Thankfully, you can make your own DIY double boiler easily by using a bowl and a saucepan.
- Add your chocolate chips (6 oz. or ¾ cup) to a heat-proof bowl. Use a metal or glass bowl, and be sure it’s heat-proof! If your glass bowl is not heatproof, it will shatter on the stove – and you don’t want that happening.
- Add about an inch of water to your saucepan and let it simmer. Once it’s simmering, set the heat-proof bowl in the mouth of the pot. You want to make sure the bottom of the bowl does not hit the bottom of the saucepan, so use a bowl large enough to just fit into the mouth of the pan.
- Stir the chocolate as it melts. Cooking the chocolate over a gentle heat will help it melt evenly and consistently without burning.
We recommend using the microwave method for easy, quick dipping chocolate, but both methods work well for chocolate covered strawberries!
How to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries: Dipping Strawberries
You will want to dip your strawberries as soon as your dipping chocolate is ready, so it does not harden back up.
We recommend having all of your plans for your chocolate dipped strawberries laid out ahead of time, including any toppings you might want to include – you’ll have to act fast, as the chocolate will set quickly!
- Prepare the strawberries: After washing and drying a 16 oz. container of strawberries, set berries to the side or on skewers to dip with, if you prefer.
- Melt the chocolate: Melt 6 oz. of white, dark, or semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between intervals, until fully melted and smooth.
- Dip the berries: Firmly but gently hold back the green leaves of the strawberry (also known as the calyx). Tilt the cup or bowl of melted chocolate to the side and dip the strawberry at the side of the bowl, coating as close to the top and as evenly as possible.
- Add toppings: Repeat until all berries are dipped in chocolate. Add toppings as desired before the chocolate hardens.
How to Decorate Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- Chopped nuts: peanuts, pecans, almonds, pistachios, etc.
- Sprinkles: even better if you use seasonal sprinkles!
- Cookie crumbs: Oreos are especially yummy with white chocolate dipped strawberries.
- Coconut: Try coconut with dark chocolate covered strawberries.
- Heath bar: Heath bar makes a super yummy choice for dipping chocolate covered strawberries! It adds a nice flavor and crunch.
There are ENDLESS ways to decorate chocolate strawberries! You can decorate them with simple toppings, or plan around the holidays or special occasions for cute, festive berries.
Keep in mind that if adding toppings, you must do it quickly after dipping the berries in chocolate. The chocolate dries fast, and you want the topping to stick.
How to Decorate Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Valentine’s Day
- Dip your strawberries in a mix of white chocolate and dark chocolate.
- Add Valentine’s Day sprinkles. Red, pink, and white sprinkles are perfect for Valentine’s Day!
How to Decorate Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Game Day
- Dip your strawberries in dark chocolate.
- Using white writing icing or any white icing in a tube, pipe on a line down the middle of each strawberry.
- Add 3 horizontal lines across the middle line to create the seam of a football.
How to Decorate Chocolate Covered Strawberries for St. Patrick’s Day
- Dip your strawberries in white chocolate.
- Add St. Patrick’s Day sprinkles, such as green glitter, green sprinkles, or little shamrock sprinkles.
How to Decorate Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Easter
- Dip your strawberries in white chocolate.
- Coat with a mix of pastel sprinkles. Light purple, yellow, and pink work best.
Alternatively, you can also make chocolate covered strawberry carrots!
- After melting white chocolate, add a drop of orange food coloring. Mix in enough until you have bright orange chocolate.
- Dip berries in orange chocolate. Serve on chocolate cookie crumbs or cake crumbs to make them look like carrots fresh out of the ground!
How to Decorate Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Mother’s Day
- Dip your strawberries in white chocolate.
- Coat with pink, white, and purple sprinkles for soft Mother’s Day colors. Alternatively, add a little bit of pink food coloring to your white chocolate for an extra special touch.
How to Store Chocolate Covered Strawberries
You can store your chocolate dipped strawberries in the fridge for up to two days.
We recommend you avoid refrigerating them for as long as possible. Once you add them to the fridge, chocolate strawberries usually gather condensation and “sweat”!
For the first day, you can keep them on parchment paper on a baking sheet to enjoy. Considering how yummy they are, we’re sure they won’t last that long!
Cover them in wax or parchment paper, then place them in an air-tight container lined with a paper towel.
If you put a little bit of baking soda on the paper towel, it will absorb moisture. Make sure to put another paper towel over top if you do this so you don’t get any of the baking soda on your strawberries!
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How to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- Skewers (optional for dipping)
- 16 oz. fresh strawberries about 12 large berries
- 6 oz. chocolate chips or white chocolate chips, about ¾ cup
- 1 tsp. vegetable oil for making chocolate smooth
- Pour 6 oz. (¾ cup) chocolate chips into a deep cup or bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. Remove, stir, then place back in the microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat until fully melted, always working in 30-second intervals.
- Firmly but gently hold back the green leaves of the berry (known as the calyx). Tilt the container of melted chocolate to the side and dip the berry at the side of the bowl, swirling it around to coat it as close to the top and as evenly as possible.
- Repeat until all berries are dipped in chocolate. Add toppings as desired and quickly, before the chocolate hardens.
- Wash your strawberries ahead of time in cold water in a colander. Dry with paper towels.
- Dip with skewers or your hands.
- Always microwave in 30 second intervals. Otherwise, your chocolate may seize up and bake in the microwave. It will dry out, crack, and become unusable, so follow the 30 second rule!
- Be ready to add your toppings fast. The chocolate sets very quickly.