A step-by-step guide for how to make EASY Chocolate Covered Strawberries, including ideas for toppings and a guide for making a DIY strawberry bouquet.
Everything tastes better dipped in chocolate, and I have so many favorite chocolate-dipped desserts on my website. Some of my favorites include these Caramel and Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods, and these simple Cookie Dough Truffles
Chocolate covered strawberries on a white marble board.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Despite being one of the easiest and cheapest desserts to make, chocolate covered strawberries are one of those fancy, bite-size desserts that everyone loves. They’re beautiful and impressive looking, but they’re incredibly simple. One batch of chocolate covered strawberries only takes about 20 minutes to make!

What type of chocolate should you use for Chocolate Covered Strawberries?

Since this is such a simple recipe with just two basic ingredients, the quality of chocolate is really important. The higher quality of chocolate, the better they will taste, and I’ve found that Baking Chocolate works best.

A cheap bag of chocolate chips will not taste as good or melt easily. High quality chocolate (or baking chocolate chips) tastes less processed, melts easier, and really helps give the strawberries a nice beautiful coat after dipping.

I usually use Ghirardelli baking chips, or Baker’s Baking Chocolate and I’m always pleased with the quality and price. I prefer bittersweet or semi-sweet, but you can use milk chocolate, semi-sweet, bittersweet, or white chocolate for dipping strawberries.

A close-up photo of strawberries on a white marble board next to another photo of a bag of Ghirardelli bittersweet baking chips on a white marble board with a container of strawberries in the background and a few strawberries scattered on the board.

How to melt chocolate for dipping:

The easiest way to melt chocolate is in a double boiler or in the microwave. If you don’t own a double boiler, you can make your own with a simple saucepan and heat-safe glass bowl (see tutorial below).

How to make your own double boiler:
  • Fill a saucepan ¼ full with water and bring the water to a low gentle boil.
  • Reduce the heat to the lowest setting and set a large (heat-proof) glass bowl on top, making sure the bowl tightly covers the pot. Make sure there are a few inches of space between the bottom of the bowl and the water.
  • Add chocolate to the bowl and stir constantly, until melted and smooth.
  • Remove the bowl from heat and add a handful of reserved chocolate to the bowl to temper the chocolate. Stir until the additional chocolate has melted.

A photo of a double boiler made with a saucepan with a glass bowl filled with chocolate resting on top of it, next to another photo of the chocolate melted in the glass bowl on top of the saucepan and a spoon stirring it.

Can I melt chocolate chips in the microwave?

Yes, you can melt chocolate chips in the microwave as long as they are a high quality brand of baking chocolate chips.  I like to use these Ghirardelli Baking Chips . To microwave them, set your microwave at half power and stir the chocolate every 30 seconds until smooth.

How to make Chocolate Covered Strawberries:
  1. Wash and dry the strawberries.
  2. Prepare desired toppings (nuts, toasted coconut, etc.)
  3. Prepare your workspace with a parchment lined baking tray to place the dipped strawberries on.
  4. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave.
  5. Dip the strawberries in melted chocolate.
  6. Coat in desired toppings.
  7. Lay the strawberries on prepared baking sheet and allow them to rest until the chocolate has set.
  8. Drizzle with melted white chocolate if desired.

Process photos for dipping strawberries in chocolate including a photo of a strawberry dipped in a bowl of melted chocolate and another photo of the strawberry being pulled out of the chocolate and excess melted chocolate dripping back into the bowl.

Topping ideas for Chocolate Covered Strawberries:
  • Chopped Nuts (peanuts, pistachios, pecans, etc.)
  • Toasted coconut
  • Sprinkles
  • Mini chocolate chips (any flavor)
  • Graham cracker crumbs
  • Crushed Oreo cookies
  • Melted white chocolate
  • Crushed candy canes
How to store chocolate covered strawberries:

Store chocolate covered strawberries in a cool location.  You may store them in the refrigerator, uncovered, up to one day, leaving them on the same baking sheet you placed them on after dipping. If serving them the same day you make them (which is preferred), store them, uncovered, on your counter away from sunlight or heat.

Please do NOT freeze chocolate covered strawberries. As they thaw the strawberries will release moisture and ruin the chocolate coating.

How long do chocolate covered strawberries last?

Chocolate covered strawberries are best enjoyed within 1 or 2 days maximum.  The chocolate on the strawberries will cause them to sweat and release moisture, so they are really best enjoyed the same day they are made.

Tips for perfect chocolate covered strawberries:
  • Pick good strawberries. 
    • Choose firm, ripe strawberries without bruises and if possible, strawberries that are red all the way up to the stem.
  • Use room temperature strawberries and DRY THEM really well. 
    • Take the strawberries out of the fridge 15-30 minutes before dipping them. Wash them and gently dry them all over with a paper towel. You want to make sure they’re very dry, otherwise the chocolate won’t set on them properly.
  • Temper the chocolate.
    • Tempering the chocolate will help prevent the chocolate covered strawberries from looking streaky, gray or dull after the chocolate sets. All you need to do to temper melted chocolate is set aside some of the chocolate to stir in at the end, after most of it has already been melted.
      • Melt all but 1 heaping tablespoon of the chocolate chips, and set the extra chips aside. Once you’ve melted the chocolate and it’s smooth, remove the bowl from heat and add the reserved chocolate chips. Overhead photo of a clear glass bowl with melted chocolate in it and a few bittersweet baking chips added to the bowl with a spoon to stir them in.
      • Stir them into the mixture until they melt. The chocolate added at the end will help temper the warm chocolate to make it the right consistency and temperature for dipping.
Two hands cupped together with two chocolate covered strawberries in them and chocolate covered strawberries in the background.
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Recipe

Chocolate covered strawberries on a white marble board.
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 20 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 10 ounce package Ghirardelli Baking Chips Bittersweet, semi-sweet, or milk chocolate
  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries stems attached

Instructions
 

  • Start by washing the strawberries and then drying them VERY well. It's so important to dry the strawberries well because, as you may know, chocolate and water do not work well together! If the strawberries are the least bit wet the chocolate will not stick!
  • Next pour the milk chocolate chips and white chocolate chips into their own microwaveable bowls.
  • Pour the nuts and coconut onto their own small plates. Line a sheet pan with parchment or waxed paper.
  • Microwave the milk chocolate for 30 seconds intervals, removing and stirring at each 30 second interval, until the chocolate has melted. Repeat with the white chocolate chips until they are melted. Stir often, making sure not to burn the chocolate!
  • Holding a strawberry by the stem, dip into the milk chocolate, lift and twist slightly, letting the excess chocolate fall back into the bowl. At this point you may dip the strawberry in coconut or nuts (or leave it plain) and then place the strawberry on the parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the strawberries. 
  • For a white chocolate drizzled strawberry, dip a fork in the melted white chocolate and drizzle the white chocolate over the dipped strawberries.
  • Chill the strawberries until the chocolate sets, about 15 minutes. 

Notes

*I prefer to use bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate, but milk chocolate will also work great! 
Also, feel free to add toppings to your chocolate strawberries, like crushed nuts or coconut flakes. Dip them in the topping immediately after you've dipped them in the melted chocolate. 

Nutrition

Calories: 40kcalCarbohydrates: 4gFat: 2gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 71mgSugar: 2gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 17.8mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 0.3mg

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To make a Chocolate Strawberry Bouquet:
Cut several bamboo skewers to different lengths. Stick the bamboo skewers into the leafy end of the strawberry. Place in a vase or mason jar.
A mason jar filled with skewers, each with a chocolate dipped strawberry on top.

 

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*I originally shared this post May 2013. Updated February 2019.

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  1. 5 stars
    Love, love love this recipe!! I used semi-sweet Ghirardelli chocolate which was awesome! I dried them using a toothpick in a piece of styrofoam. Should they be served with the toothpick?

  2. This recipe worked out perfectly for me! I was a little worried about the chocolate but everything was fine. Thanks so much for this recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    Mothers Day, restaurants with pandemic precautions- limited seating. The most intimate Mothers Day we had. Sister & I drive 3 & 4 hours “home”. Mother lives in her own home, we tackle the yard & pond work. This recipe is minimal so to arrive self contained for prep. Chocolate covered strawberries, good coffee and conversation.

    Mothers Day & CC Berries are synonymous.

    Thank you for the recipe. 1st time? success!

  4. It doesn’t say to use water with the chocolate to melt it. It says melt slowly in a microwave. I am very happy with results!

  5. It did not turn out Ok for me 🙁 Followed instructions with hot water and chocolate got very hard quickly. Also, strawberries got “glued” onto the baking sheet so when I tried to pick them up half of the chocolate remained on the tray 🙁 What did I do wrong? Thanks.

    1. If you place the strawberries on parchment they won’t stick to the parchment. Or you can spray a bare cookie sheet with Pam but you should do that first and let it sit for 20 minutes before you put the dipped berries on it.

      Melting chocolate can be tricky if you don’t do it often… So if all else fails use a blow dryer and stir the chocolate as it melts. If it starts to stiffen up a little bit then just blow dry the chocolate a little more. 🍓

    2. To melt chocolate, use hot but not boiling water in the bottom pan. Make sure the top pan is not touching the water and make sure steam does not get into the chocolate. Also, use wax paper to prevent sticking to the baking sheet.

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