Chocolate strawberries are a tempting, luxury-style treat for any special occasion. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, a birthday, Mother’s Day, or just because, people love to receive this special sweet treat. However, they’re pretty expensive to buy. But good news! They’re surprisingly easy (and fun!) to make yourself. This post and video will show you the easiest way to make perfect chocolate strawberries. I’ll walk you through the process step-by-step.
There is something so special about making a homemade gift. Friends and family always appreciate it when you’ve taken the time to make something special from the heart. Who wouldn’t love to receive a gorgeous box of homemade chocolate dipped strawberries? These luscious treats are scrumptious, gluten free, and can easily be made vegan or dairy free using dark chocolate. It’s a sweet, simple yet elegant treat that almost anybody can enjoy.
In some specialty stores and gourmet markets, a dozen of these gourmet strawberries will cost you upwards of $50. No need to spend the money when you can make them at home for a quarter of the price! As we approach spring berry season, the grocery stores and farmer’s markets will be teeming with luscious red berries.
In fact, you can even buy the extra large long stemmed berries for a few dollars more. This will make your strawberries look ultra fancy!
What is the Best Chocolate to Use for Strawberries?
You can use semisweet chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate for your chocolate-covered strawberries. All of these options will taste great! To make your strawberries vegan, use dairy free dark chocolate for dipping. I have provided instructions for all types of chocolate below. No matter which variety you use, be sure to choose a higher quality chocolate for the best flavor.
How Do You Get Chocolate to Stick to Strawberries?
Your strawberries must be clean, but also totally dry before dipping. Water and melted chocolate don’t mix well, and if there are drops of water on your strawberries, the coating won’t stick no matter how hard you try! Chocolate covered strawberries must also set in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to harden properly. While they can be served cold or room temperature, they should always be stored in the fridge. Chilled strawberries will have a crunchier chocolate shell. Room temperature strawberries will be softer to bite through, and you’ll taste the chocolate more – just remember to pop any uneaten strawberries back into the fridge.
Do You Need a Double Boiler to Make Chocolate Strawberries?
Double boilers are helpful contraptions for providing low heat and steady, even warmth, especially when melting delicate items like chocolate. However, if you don’t happen to have a double boiler, you can easily make your own with a heat-safe glass bowl and saucepan. Fill your saucepan with 2 inches of water and bring to a gentle simmer. Reduce heat to low, then place your heatproof bowl on top. The bowl should be covering the pot tightly without space around the edges, and there should be some space between the bottom of the bowl and the surface of the hot water. Place your chocolate in this bowl, and you can gently melt it by stirring over the heat. There are more details in the recipe below.
Alternatively, I have provided instructions for melting chocolate in your microwave.
What Toppings Are Best on Chocolate Strawberries?
If you want to make your strawberries extra fancy, a delicious topping is key! I’ve provided instructions for drizzling the dipped strawberries with white chocolate, as well as rolling them in nuts. Finely chopped pistachios, pecans, and almonds all taste amazing with these strawberries. Likewise, you can sprinkle your chocolate with a few flakes of sea salt for a sweet-and-salty effect.
Additionally, you can roll these berries in candy sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, or chocolate cookie crumbles. There are many delicious possibilities! No matter how you choose to make and decorate them, chocolate strawberries are a delicious treat that tastes totally amazing.
- 1 pound large ripe strawberries (long stems are best)
- 1/2 pound chopped chocolate or chocolate chips – milk, semi sweet or dark (8 ounces)
- 1/4 pound white chocolate (optional) (4 ounces)
- 1 cup chopped nuts – pecans, almonds, or pistachios (optional)
- Rinse the berries well and pat dry (make sure they’re completely dry with no drops of water present). If there is any water on the berries, the chocolate won't stick. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper, or nonstick foil.
- Melt your chocolate. If you are using both dark and white chocolate, you will need to melt the two separately. The chocolate melts best with indirect heat– I use a double boiler pan. If you don't have a double boiler, simmer 2 inches of water in a saucepan, then place a heat-safe glass bowl in the water and melt the chocolate in the bowl.
- Alternatively, you can microwave the chocolate on 50% power power for 2 minutes (or until melted), stirring once halfway through cooking. At the end of cooking, stir– if the chocolate is not melted smooth, continue to microwave in 15 second increments till fully melted.Once your chocolate is melted, you're ready to decorate. Assemble your parchment lined baking sheet, melted chocolate, and chopped nuts, if using.
- Dip the strawberries one by one into the melted chocolate, coating them 1/2 to 3/4 of the way up. Lift and twist the strawberry as you pull it out of the chocolate, letting the excess drip back into the bowl. If your strawberries have short stems, you may use a toothpick in the stem-end of the strawberries to help you dip them easily into the chocolate.
- If you don't plan to dip the strawberries in chopped nuts, place the dipped strawberries onto the parchment. paper Do not move or touch them once you've set them down, or you will disturb the lovely chocolate shell.
- If you plan to dip the strawberries in chopped nuts, roll the chocolate dipped strawberries gently in the nuts to coat before placing them on the parchment. Finely chopped almonds, pecans, or pistachios work really well.
- After dipping the strawberries in chocolate, if you want to drizzle them with white chocolate, pour the melted white chocolate into the corner of a plastic zipper bag and seal. Cut a very small tip off the corner of the bag.
- Gently squeeze the white chocolate through the hole in the corner, drizzling the chocolate in a thin stream on top of the chocolate dipped berries, moving your hand to create artistic squiggles.
- Once your strawberries are decorated, place them in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes until the chocolate sets.
- You can serve the chocolate strawberries chilled or at room temperature. Chilled strawberries will have a nice crunch to the chocolate– room temp will make the chocolate a bit softer to bite through. Place them in a pretty tissue-lined box for gift giving, if desired.Store strawberries in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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