Wondering how to make chocolate-covered strawberries for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? You’ve come to the right place! This easy chocolate-covered strawberries recipe is perfect for beginners or for the whole family to do together!
Nothing quite says Valentine’s Day like cocoa-dipped strawberries! Great for gifting to your Valentine or just enjoying with your family, these strawberries are fun to make and are a great way to get everyone in on the decorating party!
Do You Fondue?
For some extra fun, use our Ceramic Fondue Set to dip your strawberries in melted Light Cocoa Candy Melts candy, then decorate using your favorite topping. We suggest mini chocolate chips, crushed pretzels, crushed chocolate cookies and, of course, sprinkles!
How to Decorate Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
When it comes to decorating your strawberries, you can use all kinds of toppings! Here are a few of our favorites:
- Mini chocolate chips
- Crushed chocolate sandwich cookies
- Crushed pretzels
- Chopped nuts
- A different color of Candy Melts candy or chocolate
How to Store Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
These candy-coated strawberries are best enjoyed the day they’re made. However, if you have a few left over, keep them covered with plastic wrap at room temperature for no more than one day.
For longer storage, you can refrigerate them; however, this may cause them to weep or sweat a little bit. To minimize this, you can place some paper towels in an airtight container, then store the chocolate-covered berries on the paper towel. Let your treats come to room temperature again before serving.
How Long do Chocolate-Covered Strawberries Last?
Chocolate-covered strawberries taste the best the day they’re made. Since fruit is very perishable if not refrigerated, we suggest enjoying your treats the day of, or the day after, they’re decorated.
They will last a couple days if stored properly in the fridge, but your strawberries will eventually start to sweat, which can cause the berries to become soggy and the candy to crack and break off.
Boxes for Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
If you’re planning to gift your berries, here are a few boxes for easy packaging and transportation!
These 4-Cavity White Window Bakery Boxes comes with dividers so you can easily package 4 decorated berries. Each package contains 3 gift boxes.
These longer Rectangle Treat Boxes feature a large window so you can show off all your decorated treats! Each box will hold about 5 to 6 berries, depending on the size. Each package contains 3 gift boxes.
For individual packaging, try these Clear Confectionary Bags. Perfectly sized to hold one chocolate-covered strawberry, these clear treat bags are great if you’re planning to hand out berries as party favors. This mega-pack includes 150 treat bags and silver ties.
And that’s all there is to it! What’s your favorite way to top chocolate-covered strawberries? Let us know in the comments below!
How to Make Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
- Other helpful tools: scissors, bowls for dipping
- Light Cocoa Candy Melts Candy
- Strawberries washed and dried
- Traditional Valentine’s Day Sprinkles Mix
- Mini chocolate chips
- Chocolate sandwich cookies crushed
- Pretzels crushed
- Nuts chopped
Step 1: Melt the Candy
- Melt the Light Cocoa candy in the microwave or a double boiler, following the instructions on the package. Transfer the melted candy to the fondue pot, then light a tealight candle underneath to keep the cocoa candy warm.
Step 2: Dip the Strawberries
- Make sure your strawberries are washed and completely dry before dipping. If your strawberries are still wet, the water can cause the candy to seize and get clumpy.
- Dip your dried strawberries in the melted cocoa candy, then transfer them to parchment paper to set at room temperature. This should take about 20 minutes.
Step 3: Decorate!
- Now comes the fun part – decorating! Prepare a decorating bag with a couple spoonfuls of the melted candy. Drizzle it over the set strawberries. Let them set again, about 5 minutes.
- Once set, dip the bottom end of the strawberries into the remaining melted candy. Immediately dip in the topping of your choice. Let your strawberries set one more time, about 10 to 15 minutes.