Prep the Strawberries:
Choose ripe and plump strawberries that still have plenty of their green top attached. Wash them in cool water and dry them completely in a single layer on top of paper towels.
If there’s any water left from washing, the chocolate will seize up and become unusable.
Melt the Chocolate:
Coarsely chop 4 ounces of semisweet chocolate. Place the chocolate in a glass bowl and microwave at half-power for 30 seconds. Remove and stir until smooth then repeat for 30 seconds as needed.
Or use a double boiler by adding a few inches of water to a sauce pot, bringing the water to a simmer over low heat, and placing the bowl of chocolate on top of the water.
Make sure that no water splashes in or the chocolate will “seize,” and won't get smooth.
Dip the Strawberries:
When the chocolate is melted, line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Holding the green top of a strawberry, dip the berry into the chocolate and swirl, making sure it’s thoroughly coated on all sides.
If you want to add any toppings, like chopped nuts or sprinkles, now is the time.
Let any excess chocolate drip off and gently sprinkle on your toppings while the chocolate is still wet. Set your finished strawberry on the waxed paper, then repeat with the rest.
Set and Store:
You’re all done! Just let the strawberries “set” by drying completely. Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
How easy was that? Making chocolate-dipped strawberries is so simple you don’t have to save them for Valentine’s Day gifts or Mother’s Day brunch. Go ahead and treat yourself (or your loved ones) any day of the year.
Let your berries reach room temperature is ideal before dipping them in chocolate. Just take them out of the refrigerator a short while before and you’ll be set to go.
What is the best chocolate to use for chocolate-covered strawberries?
Wilton chocolate melting discs are the easiest to melt down, Ghirardelli melting wafers are another great choice, Callebaut Belgian chocolate. you can even dip your strawberries in melted Nestle chocolate chips. Before you melt them down though, double-check to make sure that they don’t look white and dusty, a sign that the chocolate has bloomed. You want your chocolate to look shiny and lustrous!
How can you thin melted chocolate?
As soon as you finish melting your chocolate, it will slowly but surely begin to harden again. Once it reaches the point where it’s too thick to continue dipping your strawberries, you can pop it back in the microwave at half-power, stir, and do so again until it reaches your desired consistency. If you’ve microwaved it enough and you still want it thinner, you can add 1 teaspoon of shortening for every 2 Oz. of chocolate, and that will help thin it out even more plus, it may give the chocolate a little bit more of a sheen when it dries.
How long will chocolate-covered strawberries last?
While the chocolate covering the strawberries will last for up to a week, the berries themselves will not last nearly as long. Because of this, we’d recommend eating the chocolate-covered strawberries within 1 to 2 days otherwise, the berries will get weepy and won’t be as delicious and crisp as when they were first dipped. Enjoy!