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Chocolate Covered Strawberries: the effortless recipe for a decadent bite-sized dessert

Total time: 15 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 20 people
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Chocolate covered strawberries are a decadent, impressive bite-sized dessert recipe you can make in no time. Super quick and easy to make, you just need 3 ingredients.

Room temperature juicy strawberries are dipped in a mixture of melted chocolate chips and shortening to make a fantastic sweet treat. Add your favorite topping or simply drizzle white chocolate to impress even more your guests.

Make sure strawberries are room temperature and not too cold when you dip them in chocolate. They're made of 90% of water, so they could get soggy when you refrigerate them. Serve chocolate covered strawberries on romantic occasions like anniversaries or Valentine's Day.

What is the best Chocolate to Dip Strawberries in?

This simple recipe uses only two ingredients, so it is important to go for high quality chocolate, as well as strawberries. High quality chocolate is more delicious and melts much easier and faster.
You can use the type of chocolate you prefer, milk, dark, white or semi-sweet chocolate.

How to melt Chocolate for Dipping

If you want to melt the chocolate in an successful way you can do it in the microwave or a double-boiler.

Melting Chocolate in the Microwave

The quickest way to melt chocolate is definitely the microwave. Place the chocolate in a safe-microwave bowl and let it cook at half power for a minute, stirring halfway through cooking. Then stir well until it's completely melted.

Melting Chocolate in a Double-Boiler

Another very efficient method to melt chocolate is in a double-boiler. Place a heat-safe glass bowl over a saucepan with water boiling on low heat. All you need to do is stir continuously until the chocolate has melted and become smooth. Once melted, remove the bowl from the saucepan and temper, stirring until completely dissolved.

How to make Chocolate Covered Strawberries

This recipe is much easier than it sounds. Start by washing and pat drying the strawberries well to let the chocolate stick. Next, melt the chocolate in the microwave or double boiler. Once melted, dip the strawberries in the chocolate and decorate with topping.

Place the strawberries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then drizzle with white chocolate. Transfer to the fridge and let cool for at least 20 minutes or until the chocolate has set.

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How to decorate Chocolate Covered Strawberries

You can decorate the chocolate covered strawberries with your favorite ingredients. You can add chopped nuts, mini chocolate chips, sprinkles, crushed cookies or candy canes in the melted chocolate.
Before serving, instead you can decorate the chocolate covered strawberries with coconut shavings, white or dark chocolate drizzle, or powdered sugar. You can even add frosting decorations like bow ties, stars, or hearts.

Tips for making the Best Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Pick firm, juicy, ripe, large strawberries that are bright red.

Don't forget to pat dry the strawberries very well. If they are slightly wet, the chocolate won't stick.

You can replace shortening with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil.

To prevent your chocolate covered strawberries from sweating, pat dry the water drops on your chocolate shell.

How long do Chocolate Covered Strawberries last?

It's best to enjoy chocolate covered strawberries. In this case, store them uncovered at room temperature away from heat.

You can also store chocolate covered strawberries in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 days. 

Can you freeze Chocolate Covered Strawberries?

No, it's best not to freeze chocolate covered strawberries, otherwise strawberries will release moisture, which ruins the chocolate coating.

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Ingredients
Fresh strawberries
1 pound
Shortening
2 tbsp
semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups (about 16 ounces)
Topping (optional)
white chocolate chips
1/2 cup

Instructions

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Wash and pat dry strawberries very well with paper towel.

Pour the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl.

Cook in microwave for about 30 second intervals, removing and stirring each time until melted. Repeat with white chocolate chips and set aside.

Combine shortening into the melted dark chocolate.

Dip the strawberries into melted chocolate for a few seconds, holding them by the stem. If strawberries don't have a stem, use a long toothpick.

Lift up the strawberries and rotate them slightly so that the excess chocolate falls off.

If desired, you can lay the strawberries in the topping. Repeat until you run out of strawberries.

Arrange strawberries on the baking sheet.

Dip the tines of a fork into the white chocolate and drizzle it over the strawberries.

Refrigerate the strawberries for about 20-30 minutes, or until chocolate has set.

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