Chocolate Coated Strawberries

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Chocolate Coated Strawberries are the perfect expression of love. They are quickly and easily made, and in their simplest form require just 2 ingredients; chocolate and strawberries.

They are a perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day, a special gift on Mother’s Day or a romantic end to a dinner for two. They are always popular when served at parties, or make just a few as a special indulgence for when you’re home alone.

Chocolate Coated Strawberries are the quintessential expression of love.

To me, chocolate is the first ingredient I think of for a romantic dessert. However, chocolate desserts can frequently be very heavy. This is why, at times, I prefer the simplicity of good quality chocolate combined with fresh strawberries. The textural contrast of a crisp chocolate shell enveloping a sweet, succulent strawberry is very appealing. And I especially love how easy they are to make at home. It will take less than an hour and the result will be impressive regardless of your confectionery-making skills – or lack thereof!

However, although they are easily made, there are a few tips to achieve the best outcome. With so few ingredients it is essential that they be good quality. Your chocolate covered strawberries will only taste as good as the ingredients you use.

Firstly, always use good quality chocolate. It may cost a little extra but it will taste better. Better quality chocolate contains more cocoa butter, making it easier to work with and smoother and glossier when it melts.

Secondly, the quality of the strawberry is paramount. Bigger berries don’t always taste better; in fact, they’re often woody and lack flavour. Try to find strawberries that are bright red with minimal whiteness at the top. This makes them more attractive but it is also an indicator of flavour. Additionally, the leaves should be bright green and ideally have a stem.

An important tip is that the strawberries must be completely dry. If you have any water left from washing them, or if they have any bruised areas, the chocolate will not properly adhere to the berry.

Furthermore, drops of water on the berry may cause your chocolate to seize, transforming it from smooth and creamy to thick and grainy. After rinsing the strawberries, pat them dry then lay them on a paper towel or a clean kitchen towel until they are completely dry.

I prefer to melt the chocolate over a double boiler. It may seem easier to melt chocolate in the microwave but melting it in a double boiler means that I can keep an eye on it and not over-heat it. The water must be barely simmering; do not try and rush the process. Chocolate does not require much heat before it starts to melt – just think how quickly it melts on a hot day. The key is “low and slow”. The bowl must not come into contact with the water and you must ensure that steam does not get into the chocolate. Stir the chocolate occasionally and when it has mostly melted remove the bowl from the top of the saucepan. The remaining chocolate will melt in the residual heat.

Chocolate Coated Strawberries

You can customise these chocolates to suit your taste. Keep them elegant in their simplicity or adorn them as your heart desires.

To keep them healthy and full of antioxidants dip the berries in dark chocolate with 70% cocoa butter. Alternatively or additionally you could use milk or white chocolate. You can leave them plain or sprinkle them with chopped nuts, toasted coconut, coloured sprinkles, or top dark chocolate with some sea salt flakes. 

Have everything prepared in advance. Line a baking tray with baking paper and have all of your coatings in bowls. Hold a strawberry by the stem and dip it in the melted chocolate, turning to coat it. Lift the strawberry, let the excess drip off, and place it on your lined baking tray. If using toppings, sprinkle them on while the chocolate is still wet. And then, exercise patience whilst you wait for the chocolate to set. Could a luscious dessert be any simpler?

I am certain that you will melt the heart of someone you love if you make these Chocolate Coated Strawberries.

Please let me know in the comments below if you make them. And while you’re at it, try out Chocolate and Peanut Butter Banana Bites too!

Enjoy!
Alex and Faye xx

P.S. Love chocolate as much as we do? Be sure to check out some of our favourite Deliciously Simple Chocolate Recipes!

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Chocolate Coated Strawberries

Melt the heart of someone you love with these Chocolate Coated Strawberries. Say “I love you” in this very delicious way. They are quickly and easily made and can be made in advance. There is really something special about a dessert you have made yourself.

Course Dessert, Nibbles
Cuisine Australian
Keyword chocolate, delicious, easy, simple, strawberries, strawberry, sweet, treat, Valentine’s Day
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Setting Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 178 kcal
Author Alexandra

Ingredients

  • 500 g strawberries with stem intact *
  • 250 g chocolate * dark, white or milk

Optional Topping Suggestions:

  • finely chopped nuts
  • coloured sprinkles
  • sprinkling of sea salt flakes
  • toasted coconut
  • crushed candy canes

Instructions

  1. Select a saucepan which will be the right size to accommodate the bowl in which you will melt the chocolate. Put about 3cm/1” water in the saucepan and bring it to a gentle simmer.

    Line a baking tray with baking paper.

  2. Break the chocolate into even size pieces and place into a heat-proof bowl.

    Place the bowl over the saucepan of barely simmering water, ensuring that the bowl does not touch the water and steam does not get into the chocolate. If it does, the chocolate will become thick and grainy. I cannot stress enough the importance of not letting water get into the chocolate.

  3. Stir the chocolate occasionally with a metal spoon*. 

  4. Remove the bowl from the heat when most of the chocolate has melted. The residual heat will melt the remainder. Stir until smooth.

  5. Hold a strawberry by the stem, or, if the strawberry does not have sufficient stem, insert a toothpick into the top. Dip the berry into the melted chocolate. Hold it for a moment over the bowl to allow excess chocolate to drip off. 

  6. Place the strawberry onto the lined baking tray. While the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle on toppings if using*. Repeat with the remainder. Set aside for the chocolate to set. However, on a warm day, it may be necessary to refrigerate the berries for about 10 minutes or until set.

  7. You can serve the chocolate covered strawberries chilled or at room temperature. Chilled strawberries will have a nice crunch to the chocolate. Room temperature will, of course, give the chocolate a softer bite.

    The Chocolate Covered Strawberries look and taste their best on the day they are made. You can, however, store leftovers (if you have any) overnight in an airtight container in the fridge. I suggest that you line the bottom of the container with a few sheets of paper towel to help absorb moisture.

    For gift giving, place them in a pretty, tissue-lined box. 

Recipe Notes

*My strawberries were not large; I had 36 but this number will vary depending on the size of the berries you are using. Accordingly, the number of people it serves will also vary.
*If you have some strawberries with insufficient stem to grasp, insert a toothpick into the top of the berry and then dip it into the chocolate.
*You may prefer to use just one colour chocolate and this amount will be sufficient. If you want to use different colours I suggest you use about 100 gm each. If you are using different chocolate, you will, of course, need to melt them separately.
*A metal spoon is preferable as a wooden spoon may contain moisture which would ruin the chocolate. It would become thick and grainy and not suitable for dipping the strawberries.
*For two reasons I suggest sprinkling the toppings onto the freshly dipped strawberry. Firstly, I have found that if I dip the strawberry into the toppings it leaves behind a few drops of chocolate. After dipping a few strawberries the topping becomes very messy. Secondly, there is less waste. If you sprinkle, you’re able to keep what hasn’t been used.
*There is usually some chocolate left over. To avoid waste you could make little medallions on baking paper and top with dried fruit or nuts. Alternatively, toast some slivered almonds and toss them through the chocolate. Place in little mounds and enjoy when the chocolate has set.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Coated Strawberries
Amount Per Serving
Calories 178 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Sodium 5mg0%
Potassium 186mg5%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
Vitamin C 36.7mg44%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Chocolate Coated Strawberries
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
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  3. 5 stars
    I have made chocolate covered strawberries before and they were delicious. They are so easy to make, what’s important is the quality of the chocolate.

  4. My ten-year-old son and I make chocolate coated strawberries together. It’s an easy way to get him “in the kitchen.” We both love the taste, too!

  5. Thanks for this recipe! I agree that chocolate-covered strawberries are one of the few romantic desserts that aren’t so heavy. AND they’re delicious!!!

  6. 5 stars
    These strawberries are so beautiful and chocolate dipped berries always make for a sweet surprise for any occasion not just Valentine’s Day!

  7. Thanks for sharing this recipe and your tips! These look so yummy, and even professionally done. I LOVE chocolate covered strawberries! If I have a choice between that and something fancier, I take the strawberries every time.

  8. 5 stars
    I am going to make some of these for my hubby, but we don’t eat sugar, so I will use sugar free chocolate.

  9. My kids like strawberries and they like chocolate, but I don’t think I’ve ever give them chocolate covered strawberries. This is a great idea.

  10. 5 stars
    Your strawberries are simply beautiful, and the sprinkles make them especially fancy! I wish I could take one out of the screen and have a taste! 🙂 Thank you for the preparation tips. It is good to know to use completely dry berries without any blemishes.

  11. These are my mother’s favorite thing to receive on Valentine’s Day (or really any day of the year)! She loves them so much, I bought her chocolate covered strawberry Christmas ornaments. Looks delicious!

  12. 5 stars
    I’m not the biggest strawberry fan, but I love chocolate covered cherries. These look so good! I really like the option of adding sprinkles to it.

  13. 5 stars
    I love the simplicity of two main ingredients and how you have coated them with various options after that. Totally agree that the key here would be to ensure you have a quality product (good chocolate, fresh strawberries) to begin with to expect a yummy result at the end. The way you have done these are divine and the challenge for me will be to try and get mine to look like yours!

    1. Hi Nicole! Thank you so much for stopping by, and for your kind words 🙂 Hope you will give these a try soon – and I am sure you can get them to look like mine!! 🙂 Enjoy!

  14. Yep! You can NEVER go wrong with a good chocolate covered strawberry! We made a batch just the other day. Makes for good family time in the kitchen. The littles can add the sprinkles!

  15. 5 stars
    Wow, these strawberries looks so perfect for Valentines, i would really love eating these chocolate strawberries with my loved ones.

  16. Yes!!! I am literally obsessed with chocolate covered strawberries! Ilaways try to have some on Valentine’s Day!!

  17. Thanks for this post! Perfect timing too, right in time for Valentine’s Day. I haven’t made these in years but now I’m inspired to do so.

  18. Stunningly Beautiful! Who doesn’t love a good chocolate covered strawberry?!?! Especially in the month of February! Perfect post recipe. Thanks

  19. Your photos are beautiful! I love all the tips you added about how to get the berries to come out right. Making them and having them turn out wonky is always such a disappointment.

  20. 5 stars
    Strawberries dipped in chocolate sounds a really awesome gift idea for this upcoming Valentines Day. They are so yummy!

  21. Such a delicious suggestion for Valentine’s Day. Thanks for sharing this recipe and also I like strawberries

  22. 5 stars
    Strawberry and chocolate are one of the best combinations. Never thought it could be made so easily. Thank You for sharing

  23. you make it look so easy! I love all the different design and options you have! I tried this once but I think my chocolate was too high because it burned and it became a dry mess! I will give this another go!

    1. Hi Fran! Lots of tips in the blog post – definitely great to melt the chocolate slowly 🙂 And make sure your fruit is super dooper dry!! That will make doing this much easier 🙂 Hope that helps!

  24. Your strawberries look lovely! I tried this once and I think my strawberries were still a bit wet. With your tips, I think I might just try these again for Valentine’s. Thanks!

  25. I just made some of these with almond bark and while they tasted good, they weren’t all pretty and it was a pain in the butt to make, especially with the white chocolate. After I made some chocolate covered strawberries, I made some truffles from a kit and the chocolate that they used was awesome! It melted smoothly, it was the best. So, yes, after such a roundabout way, I agree, use good chocolate. lol.

  26. I’ve been wanting to try this but strawberry is a bit expensive here. It looks so cute and delicious!

  27. I tried to make these once before and messed them up. I didn’t even know you could mess up a recipe with two ingredients. Your recipe has educated me and I think when I try again tomorrow they will turn out good. Thanks, my kids are going to be ?

    1. Oh great, Chris – and don’t worry, they’re easily made mistakes – but once you know how to avoid it, you’ll have delicious chocolate coated strawberries that look fabulous! 😀

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  30. Funnily enough I was on Instagram yesterday and came across somebody selling these. They looked amazing, as your pictures do too, but I thought…wow, they’re expensive for strawberry, chocolate and sprinklings!!!

    So now i’ve found this and can make my own. Thank you for the detailed instructions and for saving me some money too!!

  31. I couldn’t agree more with you – these are totally LOVE! If I made chocolate covered strawberries every day, I think I would be the mom hero of all time to my kids – lol. I love the idea of making each look different with sprinkle or white chocolate drizzle 🙂

  32. Aww..look at that !! they’re so beautiful and I love how you decorated your strawberries. Strawberries are not common around here where I am but if I do get some, I’ll try to remember to make this recipe.

  33. 5 stars
    Yum! Chocolate covered fruit is one of my favourite desserts, but I’ve always been too intimidated to try making my own. After reading your recipe, this doesn’t look too difficult at all! But I don’t think I’d be willing to share! Haha

  34. Funny story, my husband tried and made these when we first started dating. When I took the first bite, I realized he forget to add the sugar in the chocolate! LOL Needless to say, they were not his best work ahahhaahah

  35. We don’t have naturally grown strawberries where we live so this is a treat. I have had some dipped in chocholate when I visited San Francisco but this is the first time I have seen such a gorgeous plate. Yum!

  36. I prefer to melt my chocolate over double boiler as well. And what a deadly combination – chocolates and strawberries. I have water in my mouth.

  37. Chocolate covered strawberries are so delicious! I once jade these infused with vodka. So good!

  38. I love chocolate coated strawberries. I always think of them as a luxury and a little bit decadent. Your twist on the classic dark chocolate version is inventive and is on my list for when strawberries come back in season down under.

  39. Wow..I’ve never seen such delicious strawberries. This is another way to enjoy our favorite berry. They look very delicious.

  40. Chocolate coated strawberries are one of my favorite desserts! Your chocolate coated strawberries look super yum and make me hungry!

  41. 5 stars
    This looks so delicious I would love to try this. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Looks easy and doable

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