Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries are a decadent, timeless dessert that you can make with just 2 ingredients. These easy-to-decorate treats are a simple Valentine’s Day dessert idea that everyone loves!

A Close-Up Shot of Chocolate Strawberries Arranged on a White Plate

Homemade Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate covered strawberries are such an elegant dessert it’s easy to think they’re something you definitely could not make at home. But I’m here to tell you that you can make homemade chocolate covered strawberries – and that it’s easy to do!

There are definitely some recipes that call for fancy tools and equipment, but with my method all you need is a microwave. (And the ingredients, of course.) This easy dessert is perfect for Valentine’s Day or anytime you want to enjoy a special treat without going all-in effort wise. There’s nothing like biting through that chocolate coating and getting a burst of fresh strawberry juice. It’s so addictive!

No Double Boiler Required

That’s right! You don’t need a double boiler to make perfect chocolate covered strawberries. However, if that’s the melting method you swear by, feel free to use one – I’ll go over the double boiler directions too!

A Bowl of Chocolate Strawberries with Sprinkles and White Chocolate Drizzles

Recipe Ingredients

This recipe keeps things basic with just the chocolate and the strawberries required. If you want to add some tasty toppings or change up the kind of chocolate you use, go ahead!

  • Chocolate Wafers: These will melt beautifully without tasting waxy.
  • Fresh Strawberries: Choose berries that are a deep red shade with minimal white around the leaves, which should be green and vibrant.

What Kind of Chocolate to Use

You can use milk, white or dark chocolate – or a combination! My favorite brand is Ghirardelli, but Godiva and Guittard make similar items.

Wilton does make specific candy melts, but I’m not a huge fan of how they taste. The regular Wilton candy melts are great for accent colors, but I don’t recommend dipping whole strawberries in the colored candy melts. I also don’t recommend using chocolate chips, as they tend to be thicker and have a waxy finish.

A Chocolate Covered Strawberry Decorated with a Thin Chocolate Drizzle

How to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries

This chocolate covered strawberries recipe is insanely quick and easy. The hardest part is waiting for them to set!

Prep Berries & Melt the Chocolate

  1. First, Prepare the Berries: Rinse and thoroughly dry the strawberries. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside any garnishes you’re using.
  2. Then, Melt Away! In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate wafers at 50% power in 30 second intervals; stir between each interval and continue until the chocolate is melted. Reduce microwave time as needed so the chocolate does not burn.

Dip the Strawberries

Hold the tip of the strawberry between your fingers (or use a toothpick), and dip and swirl the strawberries in the chocolate. Tap off excess chocolate on the side of the dish and brush the bottom of the strawberry against the side of the bowl.

A Strawberry Being Dipped Into a Bowl of Melted Chocolate

Add Toppings

Place the dipped strawberries on parchment paper and garnish immediately with toppings, as the chocolate sets quickly. Allow the chocolate to set and then serve.

What If You Don’t Have a Microwave?

If you don’t have a microwave you can still make these chocolate covered strawberries! Here’s how to do it with a saucepan and a heat-proof bowl to make a “double boiler” at home:

  1. Boil Water Gently: Fill a quarter of the saucepan with water and bring it to a slow boil.
  2. Lower Heat: Turn the heat to the lowest possible setting and place a heat-safe glass bowl over the saucepan. There should be at least a couple inches between the bottom of the bowl and the water.
  3. Melt Chocolate: Add the chocolate wafers to the bowl, leaving out a small handful, and mix continuously until they’re all melted.
  4. Remove From Heat: Remove the bowl from the heat and proceed with dipping your strawberries.

Tips for Success

These tips will help you navigate this recipe with ease and whip up the very best chocolate strawberries.

  • Use Dry, Room Temperature Berries: I recommend dipping the berries at room temperature once they’re completely dry, so the chocolate does not seize. But if your berries are cold, the chocolate will set faster.
  • Mix Chocolate Constantly: No matter how you’re melting your chocolate, follow the mixing directions so that it doesn’t burn.
  • Use a Toothpick For Easy Dipping: If you want to get a good coat of chocolate on your berries without getting any on your fingers, push a toothpick into the top of each berry, dip them, and take out the toothpicks once the chocolate is set. No mess!
A Bowl full of White and Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries with Valentine's Sprinkles

Topping & Decoration Ideas

The most fun part of making this dessert is the toppings! Keep it simple with a decorative chocolate drizzle or add something new to the mix!

  • Add a Chocolate Drizzle: Wait until the chocolate has fully set, then apply the drizzle with leftover melted chocolate. Do this by filling a small piping bag or ziploc bag with 2-3 tablespoons of melted chocolate and cut off the tip/corner of the bag. Drizzle and allow to set.
  • Top with Chopped Nuts: To add a crunchy, healthy kick to your strawberries, top them with your favorite nuts.
  • Add Crushed Cookies: Crush up come Oreos or another kind of cookie for a quick, tasty topping!
  • Top with Shredded Coconut: Another healthy topping idea, shredded coconut tastes great on chocolate covered strawberries.
  • Garnish with Sprinkles: If you’re making these strawberries for a holiday or special occasion, add some sprinkles to give them a festive feel.

How to Store Chocolate Covered Strawberries

If you’re serving these strawberries on the day they were made, keep them at room temperature and cover them gently with plastic wrap, if needed. To store them overnight, keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Note that once refrigerated, condensation will start to build up on the outside of the strawberries, and the juices start to seep from the berries.

How Long Will Chocolate Covered Strawberries Last?

Chocolate covered strawberries will last for a couple of days in the fridge, if stored properly. I suggest making them shortly before you plan to serve them – they are best the day they’re prepared or the next day.

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A Close-Up Shot of Chocolate Strawberries Arranged on a White Plate

Easy Chocolate Covered Strawberries

  • Author: Julianne
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: 12

Description

Chocolate Covered Strawberries are a decadent, timeless dessert that you can make with just 2 ingredients. These easy-to-decorate treats are worthy of any special occasion, or just a Friday night!

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces chocolate wafers 
  • 1 container (16 oz) strawberries, washed and dried
  • Garnishes (sprinkles, crushed cookies etc)

Instructions

  1. Rinse and thoroughly dry the strawberries. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside garnishes. 
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate wafers at 50% power in 30 second intervals; stir after each interval and continue until chocolate is melted. Reduce microwave time as needed so the chocolate does not burn. 
  3. Hold the tip of the strawberry between your fingers (or use a toothpick), and dip and swirl the strawberries in the chocolate. Tap off excess chocolate on the side of the dish and brush the bottom of the strawberry against the side of the bowl. Place on parchment paper and garnish immediately with toppings, as the chocolate sets quickly. Allow the chocolate to set and then serve. 
  4. To add a drizzle, wait until the chocolate has set and then apply the drizzle. Fill a small piping bag with 2-3 tablespoons of melted chocolate and cut off the tip of the piping bag. Drizzle and allow to set. 

Notes

  • Topping suggestions: Add a Chocolate Drizzle, Chopped Nuts, Crushed Cookies, Shredded Coconut, Garnish with Sprinkles
  • Storage tips: If you’re serving these strawberries on the day they were made, keep them at room temperature and cover them gently with plastic wrap, if needed. To store them overnight, keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Note that once refrigerated, condensation will start to build up on the outside of the strawberries, and the juices start to seep from the berries.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American

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