Learning how to dip the perfect chocolate covered strawberries is a quick and simple process that always makes a big impresssion. Not to mention is is a lot more affordable to dip your own strawberries, than buying chocolate dipped berries at around $3 a piece from gourmet chocolate shops. The best part is, it is totally customizable. Create monograms, color patterns to match a theme, fancy chocolate drizzles or a variety of toppings!
How To Make Beautiful, Professional Looking Chocolate Dipped Strawberries!
Wash and dry fresh strawberries. Make sure there is no water on the strawberries or the chocolate will seize up and ruin the smooth consistency of the chocolate.
Melt chocolate (chips or bar) in a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water or double boiler. You can alternatively use the microwave according to directions on package. Most packages of chocolate chips will also provide direction for melting the chocolate specifically for fruit dipping (usually tells you to add vegetable shortening or oil to thin the chocolate for smooth dipping). I like to use semi-sweet chocolate for my berries, but you can use candy melts, white chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate or even add flavoring oils to your melted chocolate!
Pour chocolate into a deep mug, cup or small bowl. Hold the strawberries at the leaves and dip into melted chocolate until it is fully coated.
Pull straight up and out of the chocolate. Use your free hand to tap the writ of the hand holding the strawberry to let the excess chocolate drip off of the tip of the strawberry and back into your cup.
Scrape any excess chocolate off the bottom of the strawberry on the side of the mug so it does not create a pool of chocolate around your strawberry as it dries.
Place dipped strawberries onto wax paper.
Let strawberries dry and add a drizzle of white chocolate on top by using a plastic bag filled with melted chocolate. Snip off a tiny tiny piece from the corner of the bag and gently squeeze on to dried dipped berries, moving your hand from side to side in a quick and steady motion.
- DECORATE: Place candies or sprinkles onto wet chocolate. Place on wax paper and refrigerate to dry and set chocolate.
- ROLL: Immedieately roll dipped berries in a bowl of chopped nuts, cookie crumbles, coconut shreds, sprinkles, etc. Place on wax paper and refrigerate to dry and set chocolate.
Store in a cool dry place or refrigerate* if not serving immediately.
*Note: if you leave the chocolate dipped strawberries in the fridge, condensation might form and you will have water droplets on top of your strawberries or in between the berry and the chocolate, when you remove them from the fridge and they come back to room temperature.
Check out the chocolate dipped berries displayed on my LOVE themed table spread!
To learn how to create personalized letters and monogrammed berries click here.
Have left over strawberries? Try my Simple Chocolate Whipped Cream Mousse Stuffed Strawberries...
... or how about my cheesecake stuffed strawberries recipe?!
For a extra special gift idea, be sure to check out my step-by-step tutorial for making an edible chocolate box filled with chocolate dipped strawberries!
Looking for a fruitless alternative, check out my Red Velvet Cakeberries (Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cake Bites)
They look so real don't they?! ;)