How to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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  • There is nothing as delicious, or simple, as a Chocolate Covered Strawberry. You might pay a pretty penny to buy them at the store, or even have them delivered, but they are SO easy to make at home for a fun afternoon with the kiddos, a special occasion or of course, Valentine’s Day.

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    Chocolate Covered Strawberry Recipe

    How is it that the simplest of desserts, with only two ingredients, can be such a pain to make? I know! It sounds easy. Chocolate + strawberries.

    And then your chocolate doesn’t stick. Or the berries sweat. Or the chocolate turns gray and chakly. Why???

    chocolate covered strawberries on parchment

    We’ve got your burning chocolate covered strawberry questions answers and a foolproof recipe to make the most beautiful berries you’ve ever seen. Let the kids help decorate and make it a family affair!

    Best Chocolate For Chocolate Covered Strawberries

    Look for a good quality chocolate. This might mean you need to spend a little more money, but you are still saving not paying a couple dollars per strawberry. There are lots of types of chocolate and they are not all created equal, so choose wisely.

    pile of chocolate dipped strawberries on a cutting board

    The best melting chocolate is called couverture chocolate and has a higher ratio of cocoa butter to cocoa, which helps it melt more smoothly. If you are just at the store, aim for 35 percent cocoa solids and 31 percent cocoa butter. Of course, you can order this too. You can use milk chocolate or dark chocolate.

    hand dipping strawberry in melted chocolate

    How to Melt Chocolate in a Double Boiler

    The best way to melt chocolate, hands down, is in a double boiler. If you don’t have one, a cheap one will do, no need to break the bank. Unless you are dipping in things in chocolate all the time (in which case, I envy you), you won’t use it often, but be glad when you need it.

    1. Fill bottom of double boiler with one third water and place over low heat without the top pot.
    2. When the bottom water is simmering, place the top pot on.
    3. Add the chocolate in the top pot of double boiler over simmering water (not boiling) and allow it to melt. Do not cover and stir constantly.
    4. Remove when most of the chocolate is melted and shiny, but there are a few chunks, add a few more unmelted pieces of chocolate to temper. Stir until smooth and use immediately.
    melted chocolate in a double boiler

    You can even use a fondue pot! If you aren’t using a couverture chocolate you might need to add a teaspoon of shortening, coconut oil or butter to help it melt smoothly. Candy melts are another option, but have the tendency to get chalky and not taste as good.

    How to Make Your Own Double Boiler

    If you don’t own a double boiler you can make your own with a saucepan and heat-safe glass bowl.

    As long as the bowl says microwave safe, changes are it is heat safe enough for making a double boiler. The instructions are the same, but the top pot is your glass bowl.

    1. Fill bottom of medium saucepan with one third water and place over low heat.
    2. When the water is simmering, place the glass mixing bowl over top.
    3. Pour the chocolate into the glass mixing bowl over simmering water (not boiling) and allow it to melt. Do not cover and stir constantly.
    4. Remove when most of the chocolate is melted and shiny, but there are a few chunks, add a few more unmelted pieces of chocolate to temper. Stir until smooth and use immediately.

    How to Melt Chocolate in the Microwave

    The second best way to melt chocolate is the microwave, but watch it carefully because this is also where people tend to overcook it and after it reaches the chalky, gross thick stage, you can’t bring it back to life.

    1. Microwave the milk chocolate for 30 second intervals at 50% power or 20 seconds if at full power in a microwave safe bowl.
    2. Take the bowl out and give it a stir. Be careful, as the bowl will likely be hot.
    3. Place the bowl back in the microwave and repeat the process of cooking for 30 seconds at 50% power and stirring.
    4. After the first two intervals, reduce time in the microwave to only 10 or 15 seconds.
    5. When chocolate is mostly melted with just a few chunks, do not place it back into the microwave, simply keep stirring it until smooth. Use immediately.
    drizzling chocolate on white chocolate strawberry

    How Long Do Chocolate Covered Strawberries Last?

    The short answer is the chocolate covered strawberries are best enjoyed right after the chocolate has set or the same day you make them, however you can make them up to 2 days in advance.

    Fresh strawberries will last longer, of course, and quality chocolate coating.

    How to Store Chocolate Covered Strawberries

    If eating your chocolate dipped strawberries the same day, store at a cool room temperature away from sunlight and uncovered. They really don’t need to be refrigerated, so this is my best advice.

    dipping strawberry in chocolate sprinkles (jimmies)

    They can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 days in an airtight container separated by layers of wax or parchment paper. Be mindful that they have the tendency to sweat when removed. This won’t impact the flavor, it just looks unsightly.

    Why Do Chocolate Covered Strawberries Sweat?

    The sweat is just condensation. Both the chocolate and strawberries contain water and when they are subjected to a big temperature change, like going from a chilly fridge to a comfortable room temperature, this brings out the moisture.

    close up of homemade chocolate dipped strawberries

    The best way to prevent this is to not subject them to the temperature variation. To avoid sweating, it’s best to make and enjoy chocolate covered strawberries the same day. However, they will keep at room temperature for up to 10 hours. Follow instructions above on how to best do this.

    Topping Ideas For Chocolate Covered Strawberries

    The sky is the limit for toppings, but here are our favorites.

    • Chopped Nuts
    • More chocolate drizzle
    • Toasted sweetened coconut flakes
    • Sprinkles
    • Mini chocolate chips
    • Graham cracker crumbs
    • Crushed cookies
    • Crushed candy (any kind)
    • Mini dehydrated marshmallows
    ingredients for homemade chocolate covered strawberries
    Other items you’ll need to make chocolate dipped strawberries

    Tips for making chocolate covered strawberries:

    • Pick pretty berries. They don’t have to be the best shape, but at least not bruised or discolored.
    • Refrigerate your berries, but when you go to dip them, let them come up to room temperature to 20-30 minutes so the chocolate isn’t shocked the moment it touches.
    • The most common mistake is having wet berries. Chocolate can’t stick to the berries if they are wet. Dry them with paper towels before dipping and let them air dry even further.
    • Leave the leaves, these are your “handle”.
    • Use a double boiler to prevent chocolate from overheating and getting all yucky. You can make your own by fitting a large stainless steel or glass mixing bowl over a small saucepan. Be careful to not burn yourself. A double boiler is always best.
    • Temper your chocolate. This simply means adding a small amount of unmelted chocolate right at the end. The trick to professional chocolatiers getting super shiny chocolate is tempering (bring the temperature up and down several times). This is the quick and dirty version. Gray or chalky chocolate isn’t bad, again just unsightly.
    • Dip your strawberry by the stem in the chocolate, then give it a swirl and tap off excess chocolate on the side. Don’t let is sit in there too long or it will cool the chocolate too fast and develop layers which look unsightly.
    • Place on a piece of parchment or wax paper on a baking sheet, NOT a cooling rack. The chocolate will drop around the grates and then you’ll have to peel them off, risking the chocolate breaking.
    • It is best to let the chocolate set at room temperature, but you can use the fridge if you need to move fast. Any changes in temperature, even a quick trip to the fridge, can case sweating.
    • Store berries uncovered at room temperature in a cool, dry place. If you keep them in the fridge, they will start to sweat, or the chocolate will start to look chalky. It usually takes about 30 minutes to fully harden.
    • If you are adding chocolate embellishments, wait until initial chocolate covering as set and use a piping bag or cheap squeeze bottle for the best results. White chocolate gives the best contrast.
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    Tools for making chocolate covered strawberries:

    Double Boiler– A kitchen essential, use a double boiler to make velvety melted chocolate, superb sauces and more!

    Strawberry Dipper- If you don’t want to get up close and personal with your fingers, use this specialty fork! 

    Couverture Chocolate – You have to buy a larger quality and it isn’t cheap, but you won’t bat an eyelash after you see the results. You’ll be dipping all your desserts in rich chocolate.

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    Making Homemade Chocolate Strawberries
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    Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe

    Making Homemade Chocolate Strawberries couldn't be easier than 2 ingredients and right know-how. These are no-sweat strawberries!
    Prep Time5 mins
    Cook Time10 mins
    Setting Time/Drying45 mins
    Total Time1 hr
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: chocolate covered strawberries
    Servings: 20 strawberries
    Calories: 68kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, wax paper or a silicone mat.
    • Wash strawberries dry them with a paper towel and then let them further air dry and come to room temperature for 20-30 minutes.
    • Fill bottom pot of double boiler one third of the way with water and bring to a low simmer.
    • Place top pot on and all of the couverture chocolate, reserving roughly 1 tablespoon.
    • Stir constantly until chocolate has nearly all melted, then remove from heat and stir in the remain 1 tablespoon of couverture. Alternately, use the microwave method as described above.
      melted chocolate in a double boiler
    • If using alternating white chocolate, do all of your couverture chocolate first and then follow with with repeating the same steps. Unless you have two double boilers and then, I am simply impressed.
    • Dip strawberries in melted chocolate, swirling once and then tapping off excess.
      dipping strawberry in chocolate
    • Immediately add sprinkles or other toppings while still tacky.
      decorate with sprinkles
    • Place on prepared baking sheet to set.
    • For drizzling the desired chocolate and place it in a squeeze bottle or candy melting bag, drizzle.
      drizzling more chocolate
    • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings!

    Nutrition

    Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg

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