Easy, classic chocolate-covered strawberries are the perfect combination of ripe, juicy strawberries in shiny melted chocolate! Add your favorite drizzles, assorted toppings, and Valentine's Day heart-themed decorations to make them complete!
Make Valentine’s Day special with homemade chocolate-covered strawberries!
In my opinion, you can’t have Valentine’s Day without a chocolate-covered strawberry! They’re a sweet, perfect way to show someone you love them. I make mine super easily by just melting chocolate in the microwave, then dipping fresh strawberries to coat! Decorate with your favorite toppings or leave them plain – they always come out beautifully no matter what!
Chocolate-covered strawberries are such an easy recipe, too! My recipe is ready in just 20 minutes! You can have fresh, delicious chocolate-covered strawberries ready in a flash! These sweet morsels are perfect for date night, a family dinner, or a celebration with friends!
I also love letting kids decorate their chocolate-covered strawberries! There are so many different ways you can dress these up! Try sprinkles, cookies, nuts, or even candy! It’s a process the whole family will love, especially the kiddos!
?? Why You'll Love This Recipe!
Perfect for Valentine’s Day! These sweet little chocolate-covered strawberries are perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day date night! They’re also great for treating kids to something special on V Day!
Easy to Make! Chocolate-covered strawberries take almost no time to make! You’ll be impressed by how professional they look but how easy they were to make!
So Impressive! Chocolate-covered strawberries always wow! Follow my step-by-step instructions and tips to make perfect chocolate-covered strawberries every time!
These beautiful, indulgent chocolate-covered strawberries only have two main ingredients! Be sure to use the best, ripest strawberries you can find (See Tips & Recipe Notes for help picking the best strawberries).
- 2 pounds Strawberries – Your strawberries should be washed and dried, but the stems should be left on. I like to use medium-sized strawberries for this recipe, but you can use whatever size you prefer or is available!
- 10 ounces Chocolate Chips – You can use dark, semi-sweet, milk, or white chocolate morsels! You can also use a mix of any of these – covering the strawberries with different kinds of chocolate makes the strawberries fun for everyone!
? Substitutions & Additions
There are so many different toppings you can coat the chocolate-covered strawberries in! It’s such an easy and versatile confection!
Sprinkles – Use red, white, and pink sprinkles for a sweet Valentine’s Day touch! You can also use red sugar sprinkles!
Crushed Nuts – Chocolate and nuts are always a winning combo! Coat the strawberries in crushed walnuts, pecans, peanuts, or even shredded coconut!
For extra flavor, lightly toast the nuts or coconut in a clean, dry pan over medium heat until fragrant and lightly golden. Transfer to a clean bowl to remove the nuts or coconut from continuing to toast (or burn!) in the hot pan.
Crushed Cookies – I like crushed Oreos, Nilla Wafers, or graham crackers!
Valentine’s Day Candy – Like candy hearts or any other cute Valentine’s Day décor!
? Step-By-Step Instructions
These easy chocolate-covered strawberries are so quick to make, especially when using the microwave to melt! Make sure you use microwave-safe bowls when melting the chocolate!
- Prep Strawberries. Prepare 2 pounds of fresh strawberries by rinsing well, then fully drying. It’s important that the strawberries are completely dry because water will make the melted chocolate seize when trying to apply a smooth coating (See Tips & Recipe Notes). Next, line a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment or wax paper.
- Melt Chocolate. Next, pour 10 ounces of your desired flavors of chocolate chips into their own microwave-safe bowls. Heat the chocolate in 30-second increments, stirring between heating cycles. Once the chocolate has had about 1 ? to 2 minutes of heating time, stir vigorously to finish melting any remaining small chocolate pieces.
- Dip Strawberries. When the chocolate has melted, dip your clean, dried strawberries into the bowl of melted chocolate by pulling the stem back, then twist the berry to coat. Then, lift and twist, allowing as much excess chocolate to drip from your berries as possible.
- Set Strawberries. Place each chocolate-covered strawberry onto you prepared parchment or wax paper-lined baking sheet.
- Decorate Strawberries. To drizzle berries with white chocolate or a contrasting chocolate, dip a fork into the melted chocolate and drizzle over chocolate-covered strawberries (Alternatively, you can dip or sprinkle each berry with red or pink Valentine’s Day décor, crushed nuts, or coconut after coating with chocolate).
- Chill Strawberries. To finish setting the strawberries, chill the coated and decorated strawberries for 15 minutes in the refrigerator.
Easy to make, indulgent chocolate-covered strawberries are the perfect Valentine’s Day treat! Serve them to your sweetheart for a special dessert or cute snack as is or with hot cocoa, coffee, or a nightcap! Enjoy!
? Angela's Tips & Recipe Notes
- To make sure you pick the sweetest strawberries, make sure you choose ones that are smaller with a shiny, bright red color and minimal discoloration. White tops mean the strawberries weren’t picked at the peak of ripeness!
- When chocolate seizes, it will have a curdled, grainy look that won’t coat your strawberries smoothly. To prevent this, make sure your strawberries and the bowls used to melt the chocolate are completely dry.
- Be sure your chocolate is warm, but not hot when dipping! Youdon’t want the coating to be too thick, but it should be thick enough to adhere in an even layer.
- If you’ve pre-cleaned your strawberries and stored them in the fridge, let them come to room temp before using! This way, you can dry off any condensation that occurs.
Chocolate-covered strawberries keep well in the fridge, but they should be eaten within the first 24 hours of making them! After that, the strawberries begin to soften, and the chocolate coating will start to sweat.
To help prevent this, I recommend storing it in an airtight container that is lined with paper towels to absorb excess moisture. I would not freeze the chocolate-covered strawberries – but we know fresh is best anyway!
? More Great Valentine's Day Recipes
- Pink Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- Pan Seared Ribeye Steak
- Puff Pastry Hearts
- Pan Seared Duck Breast
- Boiled Lobster
- Dark Chocolate Cookies
You can use easy chocolate-covered strawberries to decorate almost any dessert! They make a beautiful and elegant decoration that will impress any guest! Try adding chocolate-covered strawberries on top of cakes, cheesecakes, cupcakes, fruit bouquets, ice cream, and sundaes.
If your chocolate falls right off your strawberry, or it comes off after cooling then your strawberries aren’t dry enough! I can’t emphasize enough how important a fully dry strawberry is to yield the best result. Without a completely dry berry, the coating process will be so much more difficult!
Chocolate chips are the most readily available and easy-to-use chocolate for this recipe! They work fantastically, but their intended purpose is for baked goods like chocolate chip cookies. Chocolate melting wafers are specifically made for candy coating – you can also use these if you have access to them!
If you don’t have a microwave, you can use the double boiler (or bain Marie) method to melt the chocolate! Bring a saucepan with about 2-inches of water to a simmer over medium-low heat. Then, place a dry glass or metal bowl on top of the water and add your chocolate. Repeat with separate bowls if using multiple kinds of chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted, and you’ll be ready to dip!
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Valentine's Day Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- 2 lbs strawberries (washed and dried, stems left on)
- 10 oz chocolate chips (dark, semi-sweet, milk chocolate, or white chocolate morsels)
- Ready your fresh strawberries by making sure they're are rinsed clean and then fully dried. Water will seize up your melted chocolate and make getting a smooth chocolate coating difficult.2 lbs strawberries
- Pour the chocolate chips (whichever desired flavors) each into their own microwave-safe bowls. Heat in 30-second increments, stirring between heating cycles. Stir vigorously after 1 ? - 2 minutes of heating time, which will finish melting any remaining chocolate chips.10 oz chocolate chips
- Dip your strawberries into the chocolate by pulling the stem back, then twist the berry to coat in the chocolate. Lift and twist and allow as much excess chocolate to drip from your berries as possible.
- Place each chocolate covered strawberry onto a parchment paper or waxed paper-lined baking sheet. *Alternatively, you can dip or sprinkle each berry with red or pink Valentine's Day decor, crushed nuts, or coconut after coating with chocolate.
- To drizzle berries with white chocolate or a contrasting chocolate, dip a fork into the melted chocolate and drizzle over chocolate coated strawberries.
- Chill chocolate-covered strawberries for 15 minutes in the refrigerator.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!