Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Chocolate Covered Strawberries are irresistibly delicious treats with a beautiful heart shape! There’s white and dark chocolate on the outside and fresh strawberries on the inside. They melt in your mouth and are perfect for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and any special occasion.
Chocolate dipped strawberries have always been irresistible, but these heart-shaped Chocolate Covered Strawberries take this fancy treat to a new level! They’re our most popular heart-shaped dessert along with our Heart Shaped Cake. You only need 30 minutes to create a memorable dessert.
HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES
Chocolate covered strawberries are easy to make with 4 ingredients: strawberries, semisweet chocolate, white chocolate and red decorating icing.
Step 1: Prepare the Strawberries
Rinse the strawberries and pat dry carefully with paper towels. Even a little excess water can interfere with dipping. If you’re making the heart shaped strawberries in this recipe, you need to remove the green leaves and stems before slicing each strawberry in half lengthwise.
After you cut the strawberries, pat dry one more time with paper towel to be absolutely sure they’re dry. Then place two halves next to each other to form a heart shape and fasten with a toothpick. Repeat the process for the remaining strawberries.
Step 2: Melt the Chocolate
Melting chocolate is very easy as long as you use quality baking chocolate and follow a few simple instructions. If you want to cover strawberries in both white colored and dark colored chocolate, use separate bowls.
Method 1: Stovetop
Fill the bottom of double-boiler with one or two inches of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Then place semi-sweet chocolate into the top of the double boiler and set it over gently simmering water. If the water starts to boil, it could overheat and cause the chocolate to scorch!
Heat from the hot water will gradually melt the chocolate, and you should stir occasionally for even melting. Make sure that the water doesn’t splash into the chocolate accidentally, as it could cause the chocolate to seize up and form clumps. Stir until smooth and remove the bowl with chocolate from heat.
Note: If you don’t have double-boiler, you can use a saucepan as the bottom and a mixing bowl for the top.
Method 2: Microwave
Place your chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, and set the microwave at half power. Microwave at 30-second intervals, and stir each time in between until the chocolate is smooth.
It usually takes 2-3 minutes depending on the amount of chocolate and the power on your microwave.
Step 3: Dip the Strawberries
Line a sheet pan with wax paper or parchment paper and set aside. Dip the strawberries hearts into melted chocolate one at a time. You can use a fork or hold them with toothpicks, and let the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl.
If you choose to make whole strawberries instead of strawberry hearts, you can hold a strawberry by the stem or green leaves, and then dip it in the melted chocolate.
Place the chocolate dipped strawberries on the prepared wax paper or parchment paper. Refrigerate until the chocolate sets and is dry to the touch, about 15-30 minutes.
Step 4: Decorate the Chocolate Covered Strawberries
After the chocolate has set, take the strawberries out from the fridge. Carefully remove the toothpicks with your fingers.
Melt more chocolate according to the instructions in Step 2. Then decorate by drizzling either with another chocolate or red decorating icing.
For example, white melted chocolate can be drizzled over dark chocolate covered strawberries for an amazing look, or vice versa. Chill another 15 minutes to let the icing set.
How to Drizzle Chocolate
After the chocolate is melted, transfer it to a small or medium sized ziplock bag. Squeeze the chocolate to one corn of the bag, and then use scissors to cut off a small 1/8″ corner from the bag.
Squeeze the bag gently and drizzle the melted chocolate over your strawberry hearts. Steady motion produces the best results.
How Long Do Chocolate Covered Strawberries Last?
These chocolate covered strawberry hearts look and taste best the day they are made. If you plan to serve them within 2 hours, you can leave them at room temperature. Any longer and you should store in the fridge.
Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for 1-2 days using an airtight container lined with paper towels to absorb any condensation that forms. Before serving let the chocolate covered strawberries sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes for the best flavor.
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Heart-shaped Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- Line a medium baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper and set aside.
- Wash strawberries and pat dry with paper towels. Then slice each strawberry in half lengthwise.
- Using a toothpick, fasten two halves together to make a heart shape. Repeat for remaining strawberries.
- Add white chocolate to a medium microwaveable bowl, and microwave in 30 second intervals until melted, stirring each time.
- In a second bowl, repeat previous step for the semisweet chocolate.
- Dip 5 strawberry hearts into the white chocolate using two forks, and place on prepared baking sheet.
- Dip remaining 5 strawberry hearts into the semisweet chocolate, and place on baking sheet.
- Chill 15-30 minutes until chocolate is set.
- Carefully remove the toothpicks using your fingers.
- Place melted chocolate into a large ziplock bag and squeeze into the corner. Clip 1/8" off the corner with scissors.
- Drizzle melted chocolate on top of hearts, or alternatively use decorating gel. For white chocolate hearts, it's best to use semisweet drizzle and vice-versa.
- Chill another 15 minutes to let the drizzle set. Serve and enjoy!
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Editor note: Originally published Jan 15, 2017 and updated Jan 9, 2019
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