“Create gourmet-style chocolate covered strawberries at home! Easy tips for better-than-delivery chocolate covered strawberries!”
Visual learner? Watch me make these chocolate covered strawberries from start to finish!
My husband and I recently celebrated our 16 year wedding anniversary. Yes, I married him when I was like really young because I’m barely 25 *bats lashes* Isn’t there a saying that says when you start lying about your age you’re officially old? Meh, whatever!
Ahhhh, I remember our first wedding anniversary as if it was yesterday. I was so excited to be celebrating that 1-year mark. As tradition insists, we pulled our wedding cake topper out of my mother-in-law’s freezer ( because we had a tiny freezer that couldn’t even keep ice cream frozen) and we ate the entire thing!
It was an Italian vanilla almond cake that my grandmother made the night before the wedding and my sister decorated the day of! It was just as delicious as I remembered!
To go with our special cake I decided to try my hand at making chocolate covered strawberries. My husband had purchased me a gourmet variety box from Shari’s Berries one time and they were so good!
Surely I could recreate them, I mean how hard could they be right?
Well….they turned out awful. They were a slimy mess with grainy, ashy chocolate!! Who messes up a recipe as simple as dipping strawberries in chocolate? *raises hand slowly*
I think I broke all the simple, yet sometimes not so obvious rules of making really good chocolate covered strawberries. I’m going to tell you these rules so that yours come out just as good as the fancy, overpriced flower-shop version mkay.
How To Make The Best Chocolate Gourmet Covered Strawberries
1. Pick the prettiest berries with picture perfect, strong leaves. Start by picking the BEST looking strawberries that are large, firm and bright red all over. Make sure they are free of dark or mushy spots or withered leaves. Pretend that you are a strawberry beauty pageant judge by acting like you’re going for the best taste and personality but really go for the best looks.
2. Wash the strawberries and dry them off like water is a sin. Don’t skip washing the strawberries! You want to remove all dirt and grit. Next, dry each one carefully, getting the leaves and everything. Water can ruin the chocolate and prevent it from clinging to the strawberries properly and can also make the chocolate grainy.
3. Get yourself some good baking chocolate. What is the best chocolate for chocolate covered strawberries? Ditch the almond bark and go for pure baking chocolate. The bag or bar will actually say “baking chocolate” not morsels or chocolate chips. Baking chocolate OR one that says melting chocolate will work great. The Ghiradelli melting chocolates are heavenly! You can melt them easily in the microwave and they are so smooth and hardens quickly. You can temper the chocolate if you want that shiny-style chocolate covered strawberry.
4. Add extracts and/or decoration! How do you decorate chocolate covered strawberries? The sky is the limit! Chocolate covered strawberries can get even more exciting with various extracts! Mint, coconut, rum, Hennesy and orange extracts are yum! I like to go for nuts and mini chocolate chips! Omg white chocolate covered strawberries dipped in crushed pecans…..heavenly!
5. Gather all the supplies before starting. To make this process quicker, get all your supplies ready to rock and roll! Get your pan lined with parchment, your melting bowls, your shot glass, toothpicks, and decorating supplies. Prep your strawberries and have a glass of wine for sipping.
6. Dip, drip and let sit at room temperature. Put the chocolate in a narrow cup like a shot glass and dip the strawberry directly into the chocolate. Let the excess drip off and place it on wax paper. Let the chocolate harden at room temperature. DO NOT FREEZE.
7. Store chocolate covered strawberries in the fridge for 24-48 hours. Chocolate covered strawberries are best given/eaten the day they are dipped, but they will last in the fridge for a day or two before the berries start to naturally ripen and soften.
What I love about chocolate covered strawberries is that they disappear quick! People just can’t seem to resist a platter of these tempting beauties. They can be customized to go with any color scheme or theme and they are pretty darn fun to eat. That initial crunch of the chocolate shell only to be quickly met with that juicy burst of berry, my goodness!
And FYI: White chocolate taste better than anything that you could possibly dip on a strawberry!
How To Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- 1 lb. large strawberries wash and thoroughly dried
- 8 oz. milk chocolate baking chocolate
- 4 oz. white chocolate baking chocolate
- Decorations: 1 cup crushed pecan, 1 cup mini semi-chocolate chips
- Place milk chocolate and white chocolate in two separate bowls.
- Melt the chocolate in that microwave according to the package.
- If desired, place the chocolate into a shot glass to make dipping easier.
- Grab the strawberry by the stem or insert a toothpick into the top.
- Dip the strawberry into the chocolate and allow the excess to drip off.
- Place on wax paper to harden and then drizzle with contrasting chocolate if desired.
- If decorating with nuts/chocolate chips, after the excess chocolate has dripped off the strawberry, lay the strawberry on a plate of nuts/ chocolate chips.
- Gently press the nuts/chocolate chips into the chocolate.
- Place on wax paper to allow the chocolate to set.
- Store strawberries in the fridge for up to 2 days.