The first time I ever attempted to make chocolate covered strawberries it turned into a chocolate covered disaster. Since then, I’ve learned a few sweet tricks that will allow you to skip into chocolate covered strawberry fields. Here is a beginner’s guide on how to make chocolate covered strawberries.
Pick Your StrawberriesLet’ start with the strawberries. There are three things to remember before you begin, your strawberries should be:
Use strawberries that are larger in size, and avoid anything that looks overripe and feels soft or mushy. Wash the strawberries to get rid of any dirt or pesticide residue. Gently dry the berries and leave them out so they’re at room temperature. Make sure there is absolutely no moisture on the strawberry! This will cause the chocolate to clump.
Pick Your Chocolate
Now, pick the chocolate. I like using the ChocoMaker® Milk Chocolate Flavored Fondue Dipping Chocolate. The consistency of the chocolate isn’t too thick, and the taste is heavenly. You’ll need a microwave safe bowl that is deep enough for the strawberry to be almost fully submerged. Prepare the coating by melting the mix in the bowl and microwaving for 30-second intervals, stirring in between so that it doesn’t burn, and until the chocolate is fully melted and has a smooth texture.
Gently hold the strawberry by the stem and dip into the melted chocolate. CAREFULLY shake the strawberry to remove any excess chocolate. Too much chocolate will leave your berry in a chocolate puddle. Now place the dipped strawberries onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet and chill for 5 minutes. Don’t leave the chocolate covered strawberries in the fridge for too long, otherwise condensation will occur.
If you want to use chocolate curls, pearls, flakes, or any other type of Decorette you’ll want to sprinkle them on before you put the strawberries into the fridge. Some popular toppings you may want to try:
- Chocolate curls
- Chopped walnuts
- Colored candy wafer drizzle
- First let the dipped strawberries chill in the fridge for 5 minutes
- Fill either a pastry bag or a food quality squeeze bottle with melted candy wafers
- Drizzle the strawberries as desired with the melted wafers
- Place the strawberries back into the fridge for 2 minutes
How to Serve
You could plate them nicely; garnish the plate with fresh mint. You could place the berries individually in a candy cup or cupcake liner, then plate or put into a box. These berries wont hold up for more than a day or two, which doesn’t really matter, they never last that long anyway.
Experiment and Have Fun
As for dipping variations, we’ve all seen strawberry tuxedos and wedding dresses, baseballs, footballs, and the list goes on. Be creative and have fun, there are plenty of colored wafers to choose from, and toppings to try.
As long as you follow these basic steps, your chocolate covered strawberries will turn out great!