How To Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries – Quick And Easy!

How To Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries - Quick And Easy!

Chocolate covered strawberries are a classic treat. The two go so well together. But when you see chocolate covered strawberries in the stores, they’re expensive. Fortunately, they’re super quick and easy to make on your own.

Wash The Strawberries

The first thing you need to do is wash your strawberries. I suggest using one cup of vinegar to eight cups of water to wash them. Let the strawberries sit in the vinegar and water for a few minutes, and stir them around a bit. Rinse and drain, then allow the strawberries to dry completely.

cleaning strawberries

This should help keep your strawberries from spoiling too quickly. With chocolate on them, they may not sit around long at all, but why give them the chance? The vinegar should kill any spores on the fruit so that it lasts longer. This also works on blueberries and blackberries.

Make sure your strawberries are completely dry before you try to dip them in chocolate. It only takes a tiny bit of water to mess up your dipping chocolate. Check around the leaves to ensure that everything is dry.

I recommend using room temperature strawberries for dipping. Cold ones will make your chocolate solidify too quickly, both on the strawberries and in the dipping container.

You can remove the tops of the strawberries if you don’t want to deal with the leaves while dipping. If you do that, I suggest putting the strawberry on a skewer so that you can easily cover the entire strawberry. I usually leave the tops of the strawberries on.

Prepare The Chocolate And Toppings

Think about any decorations you want to put on your strawberries. I used some sprinkles I had on hand this time – not a lot as I didn’t want to interfere too much with the strawberry and chocolate flavor combination.

You can decorate your chocolate covered strawberries with sprinkles, drizzle with more chocolate, cover them in nuts or crushed Oreos, or whatever suits your mood.

If you’re dipping the strawberries into something after the chocolate, prepare a bowl of it.

Melt your chocolate with some coconut oil. You can use whichever kind of chocolate suits your needs. White chocolate works well for some uses, as does milk chocolate, but I prefer to use dark chocolate for the flavor.

Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper so that the strawberries have a place to dry after being dipped.

Hold each strawberry carefully by the leaves to dip them. This also allows you to dip the strawberries deeper into the chocolate without coating the leaves. Sometimes the leaves will pull off easily. When that happens, I toss the leaves. A skewer can be helpful for dipping these – just make sure you do something about the hole the skewer leaves. You can cover it with a bit more chocolate, but these ones may need to be eaten a bit faster than the strawberries that remained whole.

dipping strawberries

Dip each strawberry as far as you can into the chocolate without dipping the leaves. A spoon is helpful for pouring more chocolate onto the strawberry as the chocolate level gets too low to cover the strawberry by dipping alone.

Add the sprinkles or other toppings while the chocolate is still melted. I just dropped sprinkles onto these strawberries. If you want to roll your chocolate dipped strawberries in another topping, it may help to give it just a couple of minutes to dry so that the chocolate is still melted but not too runny. Runny chocolate will fall off the strawberries if you roll the strawberry in the toppings too quickly.

dipped strawberries

Do not allow the chocolate coating of the strawberries to touch as they dry on the parchment paper. You’ll have to break them apart if they do touch. Usually that leaves one strawberry with missing chocolate, and we can’t have that, now can we?

Once all of the strawberries have been dipped and decorated, place the baking sheet in the refrigerator. Let the chocolate solidify for at least a half hour to an hour before serving. Keep the chocolate covered strawberries in the refrigerator except when serving so they don’t go bad too quickly.

If you have leftover dipping chocolate, find a use for it. I dumped fresh blueberries into mine and stirred them around. That gave me a quick version of chocolate covered blueberries. Not as neatly done as the strawberries, as the blueberries were refrigerated and made the chocolate solidify too quickly as I stirred, but delicious nonetheless. The clumps of chocolate covered blueberries would not be an attractive presentation for guests, however. I’d have to do them more carefully for that.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

If you love chocolate covered fruit, take a look at my Chocolate Covered Pineapple With Strawberries recipe. I serve that one frozen, which makes the pineapple taste amazing!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  • 1 lb fresh strawberries
  • 12 oz chocolate - chips or chopped
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • sprinkles or other toppings optional
  1. Make sure your strawberries are clean and dry. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Melt chocolate and coconut oil in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between rounds. Continue until chocolate is smooth.

  3. Dip each strawberry into the chocolate while holding the leaves out of the chocolate. 

  4. If sprinkles or other toppings are desired, add them after dipping in the chocolate.

  5. Place dipped strawberries on the parchment paper to dry. Keep them separate so the chocolate doesn't stick them together. Refrigerate at least 30-60 minutes before serving. Keep refrigerated.

Chocolate Covered Pineapple With Strawberries

chocolate covered pineapple with strawberries

Back when I was a kid, I tried what was for me a very memorable treat. It wasfrozen chocolate covered pineapple on a stick. It was wonderful. I decided to recreate it, but with a twist. I added freeze dried strawberries to the chocolate covered pineapple pieces.

Better yet!

This is super easy to make. I used pineapple chunks and put them on a skewer. You could probably make it work with pineapple rings, although I think you would need to freeze them before coating in chocolate to keep them from falling apart due to the weight of the chocolate.

I bought the pineapple chunks in pineapple juice, not syrup. I started out by draining the pineapple chunks. Pour the juice into a cup and you have a nice drink for while you work. I love pineapple juice.

Arrange the chunks on paper towels so they can dry a while before you coat them in chocolate.

pineapple chunks

While the pineapple dries a little, get out the freeze dried strawberries. I get mine at the local dollar store, which is a much better price than the ones I see at Target or online. The dollar store also carries freeze dried apples, bananas and pears. You can play with the flavors if you want. I think this would be great with freeze dried raspberries too. Those aren’t from the dollar store, but you can get them at Target or online. They would be a little more tart than the freeze dried strawberries.

Pour the strawberries into a ziplock bag, squeeze all the air out and seal. Tap gently with a smooth kitchen mallet. You don’t want all of it to be dust – you just want smallish pieces of freeze dried strawberries for the coating. If you want a smooth look, go for the powder, but I like the chunks.Pour into a bowl when you’re done.

Pour into a bowl when you’re done.

freeze dried strawberries

Melt your chocolate. I usually use the microwave method. Chop the chocolate into small pieces, then melt in 30 second increments, stirring between rounds, until smoothly melted. Add some coconut oil during the last round so the chocolate goes on more smoothly.

Place the pineapple chunks on skewers. I find that about four chunks together makes a nice size. You can do individual chunks or make different sized groups, of course. As things turned out, I had exactly 40 pieces of pineapple to work with, which I spread across 5 skewers and two groups of four per skewer.

pineapple chunks on skewers

Use a spoon to pour chocolate all over the pineapple chunks. Rotate the skewer as you go so that you get all sides. When the pineapple is thoroughly coated, tap the end of the skewer to remove excess chocolate. Do this to each group of pineapple on the skewer.

pour chocolate on pineapple

Working quickly while the chocolate is still melty, spoon freeze dried strawberries all over the chocolate covered pineapples. Place on a baking sheet that has been covered by parchment paper.

sprinkle freeze dried strawberries

One all the skewers are done, place in refrigerator or freezer to solidify. If you are planning on removing the pineapple from the skewers from the pineapple chunks before serving, I would suggest using the refrigerator so that it’s not too difficult. On the other hand, having the chunks on skewers is an attractive serving option. About an hour in the fridge will be plenty to make things solid enough to remove the skewers if you want.

Keep the chocolate covered pineapple chunks in the fridge or freezer until ready to serve, especially if you’re serving them frozen. The pineapple will defrost fairly quickly, just like any other frozen food. On the other hand, these taste quite good from the refrigerator too, which may be better if they need to sit out for guests. The freezer option is best if you’re not going to eat them too quickly.

chocolate covered pineapple chunks

chocolate covered pineapple chunks on plate

Chocolate Covered Pineapple Chunks
  • 1 can pineapple chunks in juice
  • 10 oz chocolate dark chocolate recommended
  • 15 g freeze dried strawberries
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  1. Drain juice from pineapple chunks and arrange chunks on paper towels to dry.

  2. Place freeze dried strawberries in ziplock bag, squeeze air out and seal. Use smooth kitchen mallet to break strawberries into smaller pieces, but not into dust.

  3. Chop and melt your chocolate. I use 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring between rounds. Add coconut oil before starting last round of melting. Stir well to mix in coconut oil.

  4. Place pineapple chunks in groups on skewers.

  5. Use a spoon to pour chocolate over pineapple chunks, rotating skewers to ensure all sides are well coated. Tap end of skewers to remove excess chocolate.

  6. While chocolate is still melty, use another spoon to sprinkle chocolate covered pineapple chunks with freeze dried strawberries.

  7. Place covered chunk on parchment paper covered baking sheet or plate. When all skewers are coated, place in refrigerator or freezer to firm up chocolate. Use refrigerator first if you want to remove the chocolate covered pineapple chunks from the skewers before serving.

  8. Serve frozen or from refrigerator. Both ways taste great.

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