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Chocolate Covered Strawberries (VIDEO)

Your guide to making the BEST Chocolate Covered Strawberries. It’s easier than you think to achieve gourmet chocolate strawberries which are perfect for Valentine’s Day, Mothers Day, or any special occasion. 

Chocolate covered strawberries on a plate

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We love special Valentine’s Day Recipes from Lava Cakes to Panna Cotta, and of course Red Velvet Cake. If you are a fan of romantic desserts, these Chocolate Covered Strawberries are a must-try!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries Video

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Why you will Love this Recipe

We’re sharing our tips on how to melt and temper chocolate the right way so you end up with shiny and non-sticky chocolate covered strawberries that have a little crunch when you bite into them. 

We’re also sharing our technique for dipping strawberries in chocolate and how to decorate strawberries. It’s surprisingly easy to make those adorable tuxedo strawberries or a strawberry bouquet.

Shiny Chocolate dipped strawberry with white chocolate decoration

Ingredients

To make simple chocolate-covered strawberries, you really only need two ingredients:

  • Semi-sweet chocolate – chocolate chips or bars
  • Strawberries – pick large strawberries with vibrant stems
Chocolate bars and fresh strawberries

The Best Chocolate for Dipping Strawberries

You will need real semisweet or dark chocolate for tempering. For the tempering to work, the chocolate must have cocoa butter in the ingredients. These are great options:

  • Ghirardelli baking bars
  • Trader Joe’s Pound Plus Chocolate from Belgium
  • Guittard chocolate wafers. 

Can I use Candy Melts? Candy melts are compound chocolate and contain other ingredients besides cocoa butter. You can use them, just melt according to package instructions.

The best chocolate bars and chocolate chips for dipping strawberries

How to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries:

  1. Prepare strawberries – rinse and thoroughly pat dry with paper towels. Insert skewers if using.
  2. Melt chocolate – Set 2/3 of your chopped chocolate into a bowl over a double boiler (a saucepan with about 1-inch of barely simmering water) and stir with a spatula for about 2 minutes until mostly melted and 110˚F then immediately remove from heat and set on a towel.
  3. Add remaining chocolate: Stir in remaining 1/3 chocolate and stir continuously until chocolate cools to 90˚F.
  4. Dip strawberries: pull back the leaves to use as a handle. Dip and roll strawberry in the chocolate until fully coating, letting excess drip back in the bowl. Place on parchment paper (if skewered, set skewer into a foam block).
  5. Decorate strawberries: using white chocolate, crushed nuts, and sprinkles. Watch the video tutorial to see how we made tuxedo strawberries.
Step by step how to wash strawberries, melt or temper chocolate and dip strawberries

If the chocolate cools: place the bowl of chocolate back over the double boiler and warm the chocolate back to 90˚F (not hotter), stirring continuously.

Chocolate covered strawberries on skewers

Common Questions:

Can I dye white chocolate?

You can use food coloring in white chocolate but avoid water-based food coloring. Use gel colors.

What to do with leftover chocolate? 

Spread excess chocolate over plastic wrap, let it cool then break into pieces and store for a future project. You can do the same with dark or white chocolate. 

Can I melt chocolate in the microwave?

Yes, but microwaving has a higher risk of burning chocolate. Place chopped chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds, stir then heat another 30 seconds, stir and heat for one or two 15-second increments until chocolate is melted with stirring. Keep the chocolate temperature between 90˚-95˚F.

Why should chocolate be tempered?

Tempering is a method of heating and cooling chocolate to stabilize it so you end up with chocolate that has a nice shine and snap to it and won’t be sticky to the touch. 

What is a double boiler?

A double boiler or “Bain-marie” is a simple way to heat ingredients gently over steam. You can make a double boiler using a medium saucepan filled with about an inch of barely simmering water. Place a rimmed bowl over the saucepan so the bowl sits above the rim of the saucepan over the steam (without touching the water).

Double boiler, thermometer and spatula

Tips for Making Chocolate Covered Strawberries

  • Dry strawberries – thoroughly pat dry with paper towels. Water will prevent chocolate from sticking and will make chocolate dull. Wet strawberries are more likely to get mushy in the refrigerator.
  • Water is the enemy of melting chocolate. Avoid getting any water in the chocolate while tempering or it will cease the chocolate, make it lumpy, and dry it out. Use a rimmed bowl to keep steam out and make sure the bowl and spatula are dry.
  • Use a thermometer to check the temperature of the chocolate and remove it from heat when it reaches 110˚F. It should never be hotter than 120˚F or you will burn the chocolate. Glass bowls retain heat so remove quickly and set over a kitchen towel to avoid overheating.
  • Mix the chocolate continuously as it cools to the optimal dipping temperature of 85 to 90˚F.
Decorated chocolate covered strawberries with tuxedo strawberry, sprinkles and nuts

Make-Ahead

Chocolate Covered Strawberries are best within 1 to 2 days of making them as the chocolate will cause the strawberries to sweat. Store uncovered at room temperature for 1 day and refrigerate uncovered overnight if making ahead. 

Chocolate dipped strawberries stored uncovered on a platter

I hope you’re inspired and excited to try Homemade Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Have fun, get creative and tag me on social so I can see your beautiful strawberries.

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Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe

5 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Chocolate covered strawberries on white platter

The ultimate guide to making the BEST Chocolate Covered Strawberries. You can create beautiful, gourmet chocolate strawberries which are perfect for any special occasion.

Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $8-$12 (varies by season)
Keyword: chocolate covered strawberries
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Calories: 90 kcal
Servings: 25 large strawberries

Ingredients

For the Chocolate Covered Strawberries:

  • 2 lbs large strawberries stems attached (30-35-count)
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate bars or chips* (finely chopped if using bars)

Optional Toppings:

  • White chocolate chips melted to dip and drizzle
  • Finely chopped nuts (walnuts, pistachios, almonds)
  • Coconut flakes finely chopped
  • Colorful sprinkles
  • Colored sanding sugar
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • White chocolate to melt and drizzle
  • Oreo cookies crushed

Instructions

Prep Strawberries:

  1. Rinse strawberries and pat dry thoroughly with a paper towel. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet (skewer strawberries if desired to set into a foam block).

How to Melt Chocolate:

  1. Melt two-thirds (8oz) of your chopped semi-sweet chocolate over a double boiler for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly until chocolate is mostly melted and reaches 110˚F (never hotter than 120˚F or chocolate will burn).

  2. Immediately remove the bowl from heat and set it on a kitchen towel. Add remaining 1/3 of unmelted chocolate chips and stir constantly until cooled to 90˚F (the optimal dipping temperature is 85-90˚F.) If too warm, add more chocolate chips. If it starts to cool, return the bowl to the double boiler to warm back to 90˚F.

How to Dip Strawberries:

  1. Working with one strawberry at a time, pull back the leaves to use as a handle. Then dip and roll in chocolate until evenly coated. Lift up the strawberry and let excess chocolate drip off. Place on wax or parchment-lined baking sheet (or place onto a foam block if using skewers).

To Decorate Strawberries:

  1. Sprinkle on nuts, crumbs, or sprinkles while chocolate is moist so it adheres. Once semi-sweet chocolate is set, you can drizzle and decorate with melted white chocolate.

Recipe Notes

*Use real chocolate with cocoa butter listed as an ingredient, such as Ghirardelli baking bars or Trader Joes Pound Plus Belgian chocolate. 

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 90 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 133mg4%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 11IU0%
Vitamin C 21mg25%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Ruby
    March 12, 2021

    Hi, can I use a builtbar chocolate for a toppings too?

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    • Natasha
      March 12, 2021

      Hi Ruby, I haven’t tried melting that to see how it would work. I assume you could crush it and sprinkle it on as a topping.

      Reply

  • Lily
    February 27, 2021

    Love this and love all your recipes. !! I hope to see an app created soon. That would be amazing

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 28, 2021

      Hi Lily, I’m glad you’re enjoying my recipes! Thanks for your suggestion regarding the app too.

      Reply

  • cupofme
    February 26, 2021

    This is such an interesting way to make strawberries with chocolate! Love it

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 26, 2021

      Thank you for watching. I hope you try this recipe soon.

      Reply

  • Ray Markham
    February 18, 2021

    Looks absolutely delicious! If I didn’t buy out the store with marked-down candy after Valentine’s Day…I’d consider making these! 🙂

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 19, 2021

      Please do, I have so far received so much great feedback. I hope you love it too!

      Reply

  • Donna
    February 14, 2021

    Thank you for this recipe. Not only are you a fabulous cook and teacher, but an artist. My tuxedo strawberries were delicious but not as good looking as yours. The strawberries were awesome!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 14, 2021

      You are very welcome, Donna. Thank you so much for your kind words and good feedback, it’s so inspiring fr me to get these messages!

      Reply

    • Natasha
      February 14, 2021

      I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the chocolate covered strawberries recipe. Thank you for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Rad
    February 14, 2021

    I tried making it but it didn’t come out like yours. I had milk chocolate chips and they didn’t melt like your did in the pot… it’s was kinda thick and hard.

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    • Natasha
      February 15, 2021

      Hi Rad, I suggest trying with semi-sweet chocolate and also make sure there is cocoa butter listed as an ingredient which is what helps the chocolate to melt and temper properly. Lastly, make sure not to overheat or the chocolate can get dry and avoid any water droplets in the chocolate. Read through the tips in the post above which cover most troubleshooting issues. I hope that helps.

      Reply

  • Clare
    February 14, 2021

    Made these for the first time for Valentine’s Day! Loved how simple it was & the videos are always easy to follow 🙂

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 14, 2021

      Thanks for your good comments and feedback, Clare!

      Reply

  • Nicole V
    February 14, 2021

    Could you use the same process to dip pretzels?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 14, 2021

      Hi Nicole, I haven’t tested that to advise but I think it’s worth trying! Please share with us how you liked it if you give that a try.

      Reply

  • tanya
    February 13, 2021

    Watching you making them is awesome!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 13, 2021

      I’m happy you’re enjoying our videos, Tanya.

      Reply

  • Martha Rivera
    February 13, 2021

    She is the best 🤗🤗 😁

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 13, 2021

      You’re so nice! Thank you!

      Reply

  • Rose Hitzeman
    February 12, 2021

    I enjoy watching Natasha on every recipe she makes ! Full of excitement and fun during the cooking process! She makes it very easy to watch! I love your show!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 12, 2021

      Thank you for that wonderful compliment, Rose! I’m smiling big reading your comment.

      Reply

  • Sara
    February 12, 2021

    I tried it is so easy and yummy and also crunchy yum thanks natasha

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 12, 2021

      You’re welcome, Sara!

      Reply

  • Theresa
    February 12, 2021

    So yummy can’t wait to try it
    thank you for sharing

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 12, 2021

      I hope you love this recipe, Theresa!

      Reply

  • Natalie
    February 12, 2021

    Always a Valentine’s must! I love making these & love the tips!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 12, 2021

      YES! The best treat!

      Reply

  • Kara
    February 12, 2021

    They turned out just perfectly! I saw your photo of the strawberry sprinkled with pistachios, so I decided to give it a try. I loved the crunch!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 12, 2021

      That crunch is so perfect! I’m happy you enjoyed this recipe, Kara!

      Reply

  • jana
    February 12, 2021

    hi natasha can you do beignats like can you do this recipe this month or the other month

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    • Natasha
      February 14, 2021

      Hi Jana, we have something similar coming in a couple of weeks, but I will add beignets to our list. Thank you for the suggestion!

      Reply

  • Beth
    February 12, 2021

    This looks so delicious and yummy! I can’t wait to give this a try! My daughter is going to love this!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 12, 2021

      I hope you love this recipe, Beth!

      Reply

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