Chocolate covered strawberries are a real treat. They are so decadent and seem like they are hard to make – that you can only get them from a speciality shop. This isn’t the case! You can make chocolate covered strawberries at home with just a few ingredients!
A few years ago a friend at my office had extra Godiva chocolate covered strawberries. Yeah, I know, who has EXTRA Godiva chocolate covered strawberries? But, really, he walked around the office handing them out.
I took two gorgeous large, green stemmed strawberries home and gave them to my kids when I picked them up from school.
I was the best MOM ever that day!
You don’t have to invest a fortune to have your own chocolate covered strawberries. In fact, they couldn’t be simpler to make at home – and a ton cheaper!
Chocolate Covered Strawberries Ingredients
For this recipe, pick the biggest, juiciest, reddest strawberries you can find. I usually shop for the strawberries only the day before I plan on making the chocolate covered strawberry recipe. This ensures my strawberries will be at their peak when I add the chocolate.
You just need a few ingredients: some candy melts in pink, white and red, and some milk chocolate chips – plus a few sprinkles!
- Wilton Dark Candy Cocoa Melts, 12-Ounce
- Wilton 1911-1300 Candy Melts, Bright White
- Wilton 1911-424 Candy Melts, 12-Ounce, Bright Pink
- Wilton 1911-1362 Candy Melts, 12-Ounce, Pink
- Wilton Sweetheart 6-Cell Valentine Sprinkles Mix
How to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Start by washing and drying each strawberry. It’s important to make sure the strawberries are dry before you place the chocolate on them.
How to Melt Candy Melts
Candy melts are pretty easy to use. You need to keep an eye on them. I use the microwave to melt my chocolate. Put a handful of candy melts in the microwave and turn on for 30 seconds.
Stir and microwave another 30 seconds. Repeat until they are melted. It’s important to do this in 30 second increments. And, to take the chocolate out and stir after every 30 seconds. The heat from the microwave will melt the chocolate, but it tends to keep their shape. Once stirred, they will melt into the already melted chocolate.
After its melted, spoon over the strawberries. Just hold the stem of the strawberry and use a spoon to drip the chocolate over the strawberry. Turn the strawberry and put more chocolate on it, until the entire bottom portion of the strawberry is covered.
Another option is to dip the strawberry into the melted chocolate. I prefer the spoon method because you have more control over the chocolate.
Start with one color, and then do the same thing with the next color of candy melts. I did white chocolate first, then a small batch with the pink chocolate.
I recommend that if you’re doing multiple colors is to strategize (yes, strategize in baking!). Decide what colors you want, then do the base colors in small batches, and the toppings next. You need to work fast before the chocolate solidifies.
Try milk chocolate chips for a traditional chocolate covered strawberry. Melt chocolate chips the same way you melt the candy melts – 30-second intervals in the microwave.
After the strawberries have the chocolate on them, place them on parchment or wax paper to cool. If you want them to cool quickly, you can put them on a lined baking sheet and put that into the refrigerator for several minutes to speed up the hardening process.
How to Decorate Chocolate Covered Strawberries
There are so many option! You can keep it simple and just use one color of chocolate on each strawberry. They are so gorgeous this way and are truly elegant.
Or you can get really fancy and add multiple colors and embellishments like sprinkles and little candies. Some people use a piping bag and pipe an alternating chocolate color on top, but you can just as easily drizzle chocolate. Another alternative that makes drizzling the chocolate over the strawberries is to put the melted chocolate into a
Remember, our recipe is the easy chocolate covered strawberries! But you can get as fancy pants as you want!
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Toppings
- colored coarse sugar
- chopped peanuts
- chopped pecans
- chocolate drizzle
- mini chocolate chips
- crushed candy canes
- crushed toffee (Heath candy is great!)
- crushed chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreos)
If you want to decorate, be sure to do it as soon as you put the strawberries on the wax paper, top with your choice of sprinkles. You can also drizzle another chocolate color on top of a strawberry that you dipped in another color: like this pink chocolate with milk chocolate drizzle. Or, do a color on color drizzle. You can really do anything combination you want. It’s a great job for the kids!
What Kind of Chocolate Do You Use for Chocolate Covered Strawberries?
For this recipe, I went easy and used Wilton melting chocolates. This is a no-fail way to melt chocolate and get it to stay on the strawberries. And, there are a lot of colors to choose from. Using melting chocolates are really great for kids to use since they can be melted in increments in the microwave.
You can also use chocolate chips in a pinch. These may not melt as smoothly as the melting chocolates, but you can have a better handle on the flavor of chocolate you want on the strawberries — such as, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate.
If you’re seriously looking to impress someone with amazing chocolate covered strawberries, you’ll want to look for a chocolate that has a higher percentage of cocoa butter. Here are some best melting chocolate tips from a pastry chef.
What I love about this chocolate covered strawberry recipe is that you can’t go wrong! The melting chocolates make it really easy. And, it’s so much fun to make them look pretty. You can dip, drizzle, and sprinkle.
The kids had a lot of fun with these.
Should You Put Chocolate Covered Strawberries in the Refrigerator?
It’s OK to chill the strawberries in the refrigerator until the chocolate hardens, but it’s best to keep them in a cool dry place for storage. Believe me, you won’t have these strawberries around long, so you don’t have to worry about storing them for long.
I used to live in Florida and was tempted to refrigerate things like chocolate covered strawberries for fear the heat would ruin them, but it’s really not necessary. In fact, the cold from the refrigerator could add a chalky texture on the chocolate. And, when you remove the strawberries from the refrigerator, the chocolate might “sweat” and form beads of water on the outer portion of the chocolate.
How Long Does Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Last?
Chocolate-covered strawberries are best eaten right away. If for some reason yours aren’t gobbled up immediately, chocolate covered strawberries will last about a day in a covered, air tight container. If you choose to refrigerate them, you can keep them for 2-3 days.
Can I Make Chocolate Dipped Strawberries The Day Before?
Yes, you can make chocolate dipped strawberries the day before an event, but I wouldn’t do it more than a day. And, make them as close to the start of the event as possible. For example, if your party or event is at 2:00 PM I’d try to make them in the morning, or at the very latest, the evening before.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- 1 dozen strawberries
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips or dark cocoa melts
- 1/4 cup white chocolate melts
- 1/4 cup pink chocolate melts
- Assorted sprinkles
- Line baking sheet with wax or parchment paper and set aside.
- Rinse strawberries and dry completely. Place in refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes.
- In a small microwave safe bowl, microwave the semi-sweet chocolate chips for 30 seconds. Stir until completely melted and smooth. Do not overcook. Chocolate won't look melted until you stir it.
- Dip strawberries into the melted chocolate, covering completely except for the stem. Place on the lined baking sheet, and add alternate colored chocolate drizzle and sprinkles.
- Repeat with the white and pink chocolate melts and remaining strawberries.
- Drizzle: Using spoon, drizzle alternate colored chocolate onto chocolate-covered strawberries (ex. dip strawberry in white chocolate, drizzle with pink chocolate, add sprinkles). Decorate the strawberries with semi sweet, white or bright pink chocolate drizzle and sprinkles.
- Place the chocolate coated strawberries in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow the chocolates to harden.
- Store in an airtight container, in a single layer, in the refrigerator up to 3 days until ready to serve.