Chocolate covered strawberries never fail to be a great sweet treat. They are perfect for sharing on holidays and special occasions, but they are also ideal for any day of the year. Whether you are making for a holiday like Valentine's Day or a wedding anniversary, this is something special that everyone loves. You can't go wrong following this simple tutorial that makes chocolate covered berries easier to make than you ever imagined!
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
I made Christmas chocolate-dipped strawberries and loved them, so knew I had to share with you my tips for making them perfect every single time. These, along with treats like strawberry cake mix cookies dipped with sprinkles or even fresh strawberry bread are a perfect way to add that fresh berry flavor to your menu. There are even tasty strawberry feta salad and fresh summer berry salsa recipes here that are tasty and a great way to add antioxidant rich berries to your daily routine.
What is the Best Chocolate to Melt?
When it comes to dipping items in chocolate, I have found the best and easiest option is to look for ones labeled for candy making. Candy melts are a great choice and are designed to melt easily and stay smooth for easy dipping.
I prefer Ghiradelli candy melts when available for higher quality and best flavor. For different colored choices, Wilton candy melts are popular and work wonderfully. There are, of course, other options you can use like traditional baking chocolate or even chocolate chips. When using those, however, you will likely need to add a bit of neutral oil to help the chocolate melt better and harden nicely on your dipped item.
I also have great success with dipping items in melted almond bark or chocolate bark. If adding color to your items, like these pink dipped berries, almond bark works great with gel food coloring. It is perfect for making your own favorite colors.
Are Chocolate Chips Good for Melting?
Chocolate chips are good for melting because they are already fairly small and melt fast and easily. Do, however, make sure you get quality chocolate chips if dipping. Some will melt and solidify with an ugly outcome. Better quality will give you the nice smooth and pretty look once hardened.
What Can I Decorate Chocolate Covered Strawberries With?
I love berries just dipped into chocolate, but sometimes you have to add a little style. Sprinkles and other additions add just a little color, fun, and texture to berries. Below are my favorite ways to decorate them!
- Sanding sugar in the same or a coordinating color as your chocolate dip.
- Crushed candy bits or cookie bites like Butterfinger bars, OREO cookies, and peppermint candies.
- Edible sprinkles - I love finding unique blends like rose gold sprinkles, unicorn sprinkle blend, silver sprinkle blend, romance blend with candy roses, or this sparkling gold sprinkle blend.
- Edible gold leaf flakes.
How do You Get Chocolate to Stick to Strawberries?
The best method to make sure your chocolate or candy sticks to the berries is to make sure they are absolutely dry. Any additional liquid on the berries can make the chocolate not stick well, but it can also make the strawberries not last as long. If you want the berries to last more than a day or two, you want them dry so no moisture is trapped.
I recommend washing in a sink of cold water that has 1 tablespoon vinegar and 1 tablespoon salt for 10 minutes. After ten minutes, rinse well and then place the strawberries onto a clean kitchen towel or paper towels to let air dry. You can pat dry, but you will also want that extra time for any residual moisture to evaporate. Then you can dip them and have excellent results.
Can You Dip Cold Strawberries in Chocolate?
Yes! You can dip them into chocolate when cold. The only thing to consider is that the chocolate will harden faster. It may also retain some moisture and that can be an issue as mentioned above. However, if your berries have been refrigerated and are clean and ready to dip, go right ahead and dip them into your chocolate. Just be prepared for that chocolate to set much faster than if the berries are at room temperature.
Can You Leave Chocolate Covered Strawberries Out Overnight?
If you are using candy melts, they can be left out, but I would not recommend doing so. When dipped in traditional chocolate, it is best to refrigerate until ready to eat. The problem is at room temperature, they may start to sweat and that can create an issue with mold faster than you would imagine. It is best to store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator if not eating within a few hours of dipping.
How to do Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Wash and dry fresh strawberries and line a baking sheet or clean surface with parchment paper.
Place candy melts into a small microwave safe bowl using one bowl per color.
Microwave the candy melts on high in 30-second until just melted. Stir well.
Pour the white candy melts into a piping bag.
Using a skewer through the top of the strawberry, dip each berry into the pink candy melts and then remove and place on parchment paper to dry.
For a swirled look, add a few swirls of white candy melt into the pink melts and lightly swirl with the skewer.
When all berries are dipped and resting on the parchment paper, you may then decorate.
Use the piping bag to add stripes of a second color of candy.
While the berries are still not yet set, sprinkle on candy bits, colored sugar, or sprinkles.
More Tasty Treats
If you want more yummy chocolate treats and desserts, I definitely have great ones to try. These no-bake choices are some of my favorites for whipping up to share with friends and family. Ideal for making holiday themed, they are a delicious recipe you'll love making. Below are some of my favorites.
- Decadent No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Balls Recipe
- The Easiest White Chocolate OREO Cheesecake Truffles
- Festive Dipped Pretzel Rods with Caramel Twist
- Easy Dipped Oreo Pops with Vanilla Coating
- Caramel Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies
- No-Bake Peanut Butter OREO Dessert
- No-Bake Chocolate Caramel Pie
- 12 strawberries
- ½ cup candy melts
- 2 tablespoon sprinkles
- Wash and dry fresh strawberries and line a baking sheet or clean surface with parchment paper.
- Place candy melts into a small microwave safe bowl using one bowl per color.
- Microwave the candy melts on high in 30-second until just melted. Stir well.
- Pour the white candy melts into a piping bag.
- Using a skewer through the top of the strawberry, dip each berry into the pink candy melts and then remove and place on parchment paper to dry.
- For a swirled look, add a few swirls of white candy melt into the pink melts and lightly swirl with the skewer.
- When all berries are dipped and resting on the parchment paper, you may then decorate.
- Use the piping bag to add stripes of a second color of candy.
- While the berries are still not yet set, sprinkle on candy bits, colored sugar, or sprinkles.
Refrigerate strawberries for 2-3 days after diping.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 53Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 0g