Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries are not only a wonderful sweet treat you can make for Valentine’s Day, but they also make a great fancy dessert that the whole family will love! You only need two ingredients and a few minutes to make them.
Dark chocolate-covered strawberries are so simple and easy to make and they are one of the best Valentine’s Day treats that everyone loves! I make these strawberries every year for my boys and my husband and they go crazy for them.
The best part about making chocolate-covered strawberries is that you only need two simple ingredients. Yes, just two ingredients or more if you plan to fancy them up with white and dark chocolate as well as some additional toppings like sprinkles, nuts, or mini chocolate chips.
We like our dark chocolate-covered strawberries mostly plain to keep it simple but sometimes we will dress them up for other holidays like Easter and July 4th.
Why you’ll love these dark chocolate-covered strawberries
- The best healthy dessert!
- Requires only 2 ingredients that you probably already have.
- They are so fun to make with your kids.
- Sweet and delicious.
- You can make them in about 15 minutes.
- Perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Ingredients you will need
- Fresh strawberries – you want to try to find medium size strawberries that are not too small and not too big that are all similar in size, if possible. Fresh strawberries are essential in this recipe, frozen strawberries simply will not work.
- Dark Chocolate – any dark chocolate that melts well will work. You can choose between dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate.
How to make dark chocolate-covered strawberries
You can make these chocolate-covered strawberries with only 2 ingredients and 15 minutes. Here is how to make them:
- Prep the strawberries. Rinse the strawberries in a strainer under cold water if using organic strawberries. For conventional strawberries, place them into a bowl filled with four parts water and one part white vinegar and submerge the strawberries in the water. Let them soak for 20 minutes then rinse them.
- Dry the strawberries. Once the berries are clean then you need to dry them really well by transferring them to a paper towel-lined sheet pan and patting them dry. It is very important that they are dry before being dipped in the chocolate so it sticks to the strawberries better.
- Melt the chocolate. You can do so this by placing the chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl and microwaving it in 30-second intervals, stirring it in between until 90% of the chocolate is melted. Then remove it and temper the remaining chocolate until it is all fully melted and super smooth. To temper, you can just stir the chocolate with a rubber spatula or spoon until it is all fully melted.
- Dip the strawberries into the chocolate. Carefully gather each berry by the stem and dip it diagonally into the chocolate almost to the top. You can swirl it around a little bit to get all of it coated but leave the head of the strawberry exposed. Let the excess chocolate drip off of the strawberry and lightly tap it against the bowl then place it onto a parchment-lined pan. Continue until you have dipped all of the strawberries.
- Finish and serve. Let the covered strawberries chill for a few minutes in the refrigerator, then enjoy!
Pro tip! You can add 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil or butter to the chocolate before you melt it to make it even smoother and easier to dip the strawberries.
Optional toppings for chocolate-covered strawberries
After you dip the strawberries in the dark chocolate and the chocolate is still wet, you can roll the strawberry in additional toppings or add another drizzle of melted white chocolate over the top of it. Here are a few fun toppings that work really well with these chocolate-covered strawberries.
- Crushed nuts like pistachios, cashews, or almonds
- Shredded coconut
- Mini chocolate chips
- Crushed cookies like Oreos or wafer crackers
- White chocolate
How do you store dark chocolate-covered strawberries?
Chocolate-covered strawberries always look and taste their best the day they are made. You can store leftovers in an airtight container lined with a paper towel that catches the extra moisture. Keep them in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Although they will not be as shiny and flavorful as they were the day you made them.
What is the best kind of chocolate to use for chocolate-covered strawberries?
Dark chocolate chips that are 60% cacao work the best since they are not too sweet and they just melt so beautifully. Regular chocolate chips are fine but they just don’t melt into that super silky smooth chocolate that makes these so amazing.
You could also use dark chocolate bars and break them up and melt those instead of using chocolate chips. You would need two full-size bars for this recipe. 65-70% cacao is good but 60% is best so they don’t turn out too sweet.
Tips for making dark chocolate-covered strawberries at home
- Use good quality organic strawberries that are bright red in color all the way to the top and have beautiful green stems. That means they are ripe and sweeter. Plus they are so pretty.
- Select a good dark chocolate that is at least 60% cacao as mentioned above. I used Ghirardelli dark chocolate premium baking chips I added a bit of coconut oil so that the chocolate was super shiny and easier for dipping.
- Rinse and dry the strawberries really well before you dip them. This is so important and allows the chocolate to really stick once you dip them.
- Leave the stems on so you can use the stem to hold the strawberry when you dip it into the chocolate. Plus again it is just so pretty and you can use the stem to hold the strawberry when you eat it as well.
- Dip the strawberries at a slight angle and then when you pull it out of the chocolate shake it a little bit so that the excess chocolate drips off. You can also lightly tap the strawberry on the side of the bowl as well. This is the point where you would dip the strawberry in any extra toppings you desire. See the post for topping suggestions.
- Place the strawberries onto a parchment-lined pan about 1-2 inches apart after dipping them so they can dry and harden and don’t stick together. Chill them for a few minutes after dipping to let the chocolate set.
More healthy desserts
- 2 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Mousse
- Simple Gluten Free Buckeye Balls
- Healthy Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Double Chocolate Air Fryer Cookies
Other strawberry recipes
- Simple Strawberry Vinaigrette
- Easy Strawberry Kale Salad
- Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- Vegan Strawberry Oatmeal
- Chocolate Strawberry Yogurt Bites
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