Perfect Chocolate-Covered Strawberries: A How-To Guide

by | Dec 2, 2023 | Dessert, Snacks | 0 comments

Today, I’m thrilled to share a classic yet irresistible treat – Chocolate-Covered Strawberries. This simple yet elegant dessert is a crowd-pleaser and surprisingly easy to make. So, let’s dive into this sweet journey!

Choosing Your Chocolate

Firstly, the chocolate. We’ve got three options: 60% cacao dark chocolate for a richer taste, semi-sweet chocolate for balanced sweetness, and white chocolate for a creamy twist. You can simplify things by sticking to just one type, but why not experiment with all three?

The Secret to Perfect Coating

Now, the secret to a flawless chocolate coat. Ensure your strawberries are bone dry before dipping. Moisture is a no-go here! Allow them to air dry for an hour to ensure the chocolate adheres beautifully. Secondly, adding coconut oil to your melted chocolate is crucial. It prevents the chocolate from cracking when you bite into these juicy treats. No coconut oil? No worries! Melted butter or a neutral oil like sunflower oil works wonders too.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Prep and Cook Time

The preparation takes a breezy 15 minutes, plus some waiting time for drying and setting. The actual cook time is just 4-5 minutes to melt your chocolate. This recipe serves 4-6 lucky people.

Ingredients and Directions

Gather your strawberries, and let’s get to the fun part – the recipe! You’ll need:

  • 1 16-oz. container of preferably organic strawberries
  • Dark, semi-sweet, and white chocolate chips
  • Coconut oil
  • Finely chopped pecans

Follow these steps for the perfect chocolate-covered strawberries:

  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
  2. Wash and dry strawberries, then let them air dry on the sheet.
  3. Melt dark chocolate chips with coconut oil, dip half the strawberries, and place them on the baking sheet.
  4. Repeat with semi-sweet chocolate, if using.
  5. Refrigerate until the chocolate sets.
  6. Melt white chocolate with coconut oil, drizzle over or dip strawberries, and then into the pecans.
  7. Refrigerate again until everything is perfectly set.

Experiment with Toppings and Flavors

While our recipe focuses on the classic combination of strawberries and chocolate, there’s a world of possibilities when it comes to toppings. After dipping your strawberries in chocolate, why not roll them in crushed nuts, colorful sprinkles, or even shredded coconut for added texture and flavor? If you’re feeling adventurous, a sprinkle of sea salt on dark chocolate-covered strawberries can create a sophisticated, gourmet experience. The key here is to let your creativity flow and customize to your heart’s content.

Serving and Presentation Tips

Presentation is everything, especially when it comes to such a visually appealing treat. Serve these beauties on a platter, perhaps over a bed of edible flowers or alongside a glass of champagne for an extra touch of elegance. If you’re preparing these for a special occasion, consider using skewers or fancy toothpicks for easy handling. Remember, the way you present these chocolate-dipped strawberries can make them even more enticing.

Make-Ahead and Storage

One of the great things about chocolate-covered strawberries is that they can be made ahead of time. If you’re planning for a party or a romantic evening, prepare these a day in advance and store them in the refrigerator. However, be mindful that strawberries are best enjoyed fresh, so it’s ideal to consume them within 24-48 hours. When storing, ensure they’re in a single layer to avoid the chocolates from sticking together, and let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving for the perfect texture.

With these additional insights and tips, your chocolate-covered strawberries will not only be a delight to eat but also a joy to prepare and present. Enjoy the process and the delicious results!

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Indulge in the art of creating perfect chocolate-covered strawberries with our simple, elegant recipe. A delightful treat that's sure to impress!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: strawberries, chocolate, dessert
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Dry Time for Strawberries: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Calories: 290kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 16 oz strawberries in container, preferably organic
  • ½ cup 60% cacao dark chocolate baking chips*
  • 1 ½ tbsp coconut oil divided
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips*
  • ¼ cup white chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup pecans very finely chopped

Instructions

  • Line a large baking sheet with wax paper or a Silpat™ baking mat. Set aside. 
  • Thoroughly wash strawberries and pat dry with a paper towel. Place on the prepared baking sheet and allow to air dry for one hour or until completely dry.
  • Place dark chocolate chips and one-half tablespoon coconut oil in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the chocolate chips 20 seconds at a time, stirring in between each segment, until melted and completely smooth. 
  • Dip half the strawberries into the dark chocolate until covered. Gently drag the bottom edge against the side of the bowl to remove excess chocolate before transferring to the baking sheet. 
  • Optional: If using two types of chocolate chips, repeat Steps #3 and #4 with the semi-sweet chocolate chips, one-half tablespoon coconut oil, and the remaining strawberries. 
  • Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator until the chocolate completely “sets,” approximately 20 minutes. 
  • Place the white chocolate chips and the remaining coconut oil in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, 20 seconds at a time, stirring in between segments, until the chocolate is completely melted. Carefully drizzle the melted white chocolate over half the chocolate-covered strawberries with a spoon. 
    Tip: For better control, use a pastry bag fitted with a very small tip or an empty squeeze bottle for this. 
  • Place the finely chopped pecans in a small bowl and set aside. 
  • Dip the bottom of remaining strawberries in the melted white chocolate and then dip into the bowl of chopped pecans. Swirl until the bottom of each strawberry is completely coated in the nuts. Transfer to the baking sheet with the other strawberries and return to refrigerator until set, approximately 20 minutes.
  • When the chocolate is firm, remove the baking sheet from the refrigerator and serve immediately. Enjoy! 

Notes

The success of this recipe depends on two things:
First, the strawberries must be completely dry before dipping. Otherwise, the chocolate will not adhere correctly. For best results, allow the strawberries to air dry for at least an hour before dipping in the melted chocolate.
Second, to avoid chocolate that breaks apart and falls off the strawberries when you bite into it, be sure to add some form of oil to the melted chocolate prior to dipping. If you don’t have coconut oil, you can use an equal amount of melted butter or a neutral (tasteless) oil, such as sunflower oil, instead.

Nutrition

Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 334mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 23IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 2mg

Conclusion

There you have it! A simple yet sophisticated treat that’s perfect for any occasion. Whether it’s a romantic evening, a family gathering, or just a treat for yourself, these chocolate-covered strawberries are sure to impress. Enjoy your sweet masterpiece!

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