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Chocolate covered strawberries (video)

8 January 2020 | Last Updated: 13 February 2020

Chocolate covered strawberries are quick to prepare, simple and look beautiful and impressive. Although winter strawberries are not as sweet and juicy as the summer ones, they do taste wonderful covered in chocolate. It’s a great idea for busy people to celebrate Valentine’s Day. They can also make a beautiful gift for Mother’s Day!

You can use a traditional double boiler method on the stove to melt the chocolate or a pressure cooker.

chocolate covered strawberries

What do you need:

3 basic ingredients:

  • Strawberries – winter or summer strawberries, depending on the season.
  • Chocolate – you can use regular ‘eating’ chocolate, baking chocolate or chocolate chips. The advantage of using baking chocolate is that it is already tempered – that means the chocolate has a smooth glossy surface and won’t have a frosted/dull surface after a good couple of hours. In terms of taste, it doesn’t matter. You can use dark, bittersweet, milk or white chocolate – the preparation method is exactly the same. Use good-quality chocolate, the same you would enjoy eating on its own.
  • Oil – the addition of oil is optional but very recommended. It makes the chocolate more soft and glossy, it won’t crack after it has set. I like to use extra virgin coconut oil because I like its taste and I think it pairs well with the strawberries and chocolate but feel free to use any neutral-tasting vegetable oil you have on hand.

Additional ingredients:

  • Vanilla extract – I like to flavor the chocolate with vanilla. It’s optional.
  • Toppings – are optional. You can just use another kind of melted chocolate or favorite chopped nuts or sprinkled. You can also just leave the strawberries plain, without any toppings. More topping ideas are mentioned below.

How to make it step by step:

strawberries are being patted dry with paper towels, chopped chocolate in a bowl

1. Wash the strawberries and pat thoroughly dry with paper towels (otherwise the chocolate won‘t stick to the strawberries and slide from them). Don‘t remove the leafy ends. I used 14 large strawberries for this recipe.

2. Melt the chocolate using a double boiler method (otherwise it can separate). In a medium pot, bring water to a boil. Place a glass or metal bowl (or any heat-proof bowl, not plastic) over the pot. The bowl can‘t touch the water surface. Add 2 oz / 60g chopped chocolate, 1 ts of coconut oil and 1 ts of vanilla extract to the bowl.

melted chocolate in a blue bowl, a strawberry is being dipped in melted chocolate

3. Stir until the chocolate is melted.

4. Dip the strawberries in chocolate: Pick a strawberry by the top leaves and dip it in the melted chocolate, shake gently to remove any excess chocolate. When you have not much chocolate left, you can help yourself with a teaspoon.

Some strawberries have very fragile leaves that will fall off right when you want to pick them. If this is what you’ve got you can stick the strawberries on a fork and pour the chocolate with a teaspoon over the strawberries until they are coated on all sides.

chocolate covered strawberry is being dipped in freeze dried strawberry powder

5. When the strawberries are coated in chocolate, it’s time to decorate! Decorating is not necessary, chocolate covered strawberries are tasty on their own, but decorated look so pretty.

You need to sprinkle the strawberries with toppings when the chocolate is not set yet – that’s the only way they will stick to the chocolate. But: If you want to drizzle them with melted milk or white chocolate it‘s better to wait until the chocolate coating has set.

Some topping ideas:

– you can drizzle them with melted milk or white chocolate

– sprinkle with finely grated chocolate

– shredded unsweetened coconut

– colorful sprinkles

– chopped nuts or

– finely ground freeze-dried fruits. The strawberries on the photos are sprinkled with freeze-dried strawberries mixed in a food processor. You can also grate them on a grater, but not too finely (I don‘t recommend microplane, the pieces clump to each other and then it‘s hard to sprinkle them). I highly recommend freeze-dried strawberries as a topping – it intensifies the strawberry flavor!

6. Place coated in chocolate strawberries on a piece of baking paper. Leave them on the counter and wait until the chocolate is set or place on a tray in the fridge, to speed up the process (it should take about 15 minutes). The strawberries taste best at room temperature!

Instant Pot chocolate covered strawberries:

You can use your Instant Pot or any other pressure cooker to melt the chocolate.

pressing saute function on the instant pot, adding water to instant pot
  1. Press the saute function on your pressure cooker.
  2. Add some water to your pot.
adding chocolate to a bowl, stirring melted chocolate

3. When it’s starting to boil place a heat-proof bowl on the instant pot (it should not touch the water surface) and add the chocolate, oil, and vanilla extract.

4. Stir the chocolate with a spatula until melted.

Storage notes:

  • Before serving, leave the strawberries on the counter so that they warm up to the room temperature. Cold, straight from the fridge, don‘t taste so good.
  • They are also best eaten on the same day. The next day they become too soft and mushy.  
  • If you intend to keep them a little longer in the fridge, transfer them to a tightly sealed container after the chocolate has set.

These chocolate strawberries are a perfect gift! Here are some ideas:

– You can make a Strawberry ‚Bouquet‘ – Stick bamboo skewers into the leafy ends of the strawberries, you can tie a ribbon around the sticks. Place in a nice vase or cup.

– Make Chocolate Strawberry ‚Lollipops‘ for kids (same as above, you can tie separate ribbons onto each skewer).

If you are looking for other chocolate desserts for a special occasion, check these recipes out:

chocolate lava cake (ready in about 20 minutes!)

chocolate crepes with raspberry sauce

– chocolate orange bundt cake

– healthy chocolate pudding

chocolate covered strawberries on a black plate, roses and flowers around the plate

Chocolate covered strawberries – simple and delicious dessert in 10 minutes

Chocolate covered strawberries recipe – a step by step guide. A beautiful and impressive looking dessert, perfect for Valentine‘s Day or Mother's Day.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
chilling time 15 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Servings 14 chocolate strawberries
Calories 30kcal
Author Aleksandra

Ingredients

strawberries:

  • 14 strawberries
  • 2 oz (60g) dark chocolate or milk / white chocolate, good quality!
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil e.g. extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional

for decoration (optional):

  • white or milk chocolate, shredded unsweetened coconut, chopped nuts, freeze-dried strawberries, colorful sprinkles

Instructions

  • Wash the strawberries and pat thoroughly dry with paper towels (otherwise chocolate won‘t stick to them). Don‘t remove the leafy ends!
  • Melt the chocolate using a double boiler method: In a medium pot, bring water to a boil. Take off the heat, place a glass or metal bowl (or any heat-proof bowl, not plastic) over the pot, add the chopped chocolate, oil and vanilla extract. The bowl can‘t touch the water surface. Stir until the chocolate is melted.
  • OR Melt the chocolate in a pressure cooker: Press the saute function on your pressure cooker. Add some water to your pot. When it’s starting to boil place a heat-proof bowl on the instant pot (it should not touch the water surface) and add the chocolate, oil, and vanilla extract. Stir the chocolate with a spatula until melted.
  • Dip the strawberries in chocolate: Pick a strawberry by the top leaves and dip it in the melted chocolate, shake gently to remove any excess chocolate. When you have not much chocolate left, you can help yourself with a teaspoon. Note: Some strawberries have very fragile leaves that will fall off right when you want to pick them. If this is what you’ve got you can stick the strawberries on a fork and pour the chocolate with a teaspoon over the strawberries until they are coated on all sides.
  • Decorate the strawberries: you can sprinkle them with finely chopped chocolate, nuts, ground freeze-dried strawberries (read note) or sprinkles while the chocolate is still not set (that’s the only way they will stick to the chocolate). If you want to drizzle them with milk or white chocolate it‘s better to wait until the chocolate coating is set.
  • Place the strawberries on a tray lined with baking paper.
  • Leave the strawberries on the counter and wait until the chocolate is set or place the tray in the fridge, to speed up the process (it should take about 15 minutes or a little longer). The strawberries taste best at room temperature.

Notes

  • Chocolate – you can use regular ‘eating’ chocolate, baking chocolate or chocolate chips. The advantage of using baking chocolate is that it is already tempered – that means the chocolate has a smooth glossy surface and won’t have a frosted surface after a good couple of hours. In terms of taste, it doesn’t matter. You can use dark, bittersweet, milk or white chocolate – the preparation method is exactly the same. Use good-quality chocolate, the same you would enjoy eating on its own.
  •  If you intend to keep them a little longer in the fridge, transfer them to a tightly sealed container after the chocolate has set. They taste best on the same day that you’ve made them.
  • Before serving, leave the strawberries on the counter so that they warm up to the room temperature. Cold, straight from the fridge, don‘t taste so good.
  • Strawberries on the photos are sprinkled with freeze-dried strawberries, finely grounded in the food processor. You can also grate them on a grater, but not too finely (I don‘t recommend microplane, the pieces clump to each other and then it‘s hard to sprinkle them). I highly recommend freeze-dried strawberries as a topping – it intensifies the strawberry flavor!
  • Chocolate covered strawberries are a perfect gift. You can stick them on bamboo skewers and make ‚lollipops‘, that kids love or make a Chocolate Strawberry Bouquet, by tying the skewers with a ribbon and placing them in a vase or a cup.
  • Calories count = 1 strawberry (toppings are not included).
Course Dessert
Cuisine international
Keyword chocolate covered strawberried recipe, chocolate covered strawberries

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