Contrary to popular belief, chocolate-dipped strawberries are a lot easier to make than people think. And with Mother’s Day coming up, I figured I’d show you all how I make my Chocolate Dipped Strawberries! They are so easy and cheap to make. It’ll make you wonder why you ever paid so much for those dipped strawberries at the store.
Easy Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
If you’re already a baking pro/ chocolatier, you can jump straight into the recipe. If you are new to this type of baking, you can follow along with the step by step instructions below the recipe!
Easy Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
- 1-2 lb Strawberries (preferably large strawberries)
- 1 tsp Coconut Oil
- 2 cups Chocolate Chips
- Wash and dry your strawberries. They will need to be dry in order to dip them.
- *Heat the chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat stirring frequently until the chocolate is just smooth. Then remove from heat.
- Pour some of the melted chocolate into a glass tumbler or measuring cup. Make sure to protect yourself and your counters from the heat by using a potholder or oven mitt.
- Hold the strawberries by the stem and dip them into the tumbler up to the desired height on the strawberries.
- Place the dipped strawberries on parchment paper.
- Leave on the counter to dry. This may take around 2 hours depending on the temperature inside your home. (DO NOT put the strawberries in the refrigerator until the chocolate has set. Cooling too quickly will cause the chocolate to look like it has a waxy coating instead of the glossy chocolate we are after.)
Step by Step Instructions
1 | Prep the Strawberries
Wash the strawberries and lay them out to dry on a dishtowel. They will need to be completely dried in order to dip them. I usually leave them to dry on the counter for about an hour, but you can pat them dry with a towel if you don’t want to wait for them to dry on their own.
Excess moisture will not allow the chocolate to stick to the strawberries and can also ruin your chocolate.
2 | Melt the Chocolate
There are two basic methods of melting your chocolate. Using a double boiler or using a microwave. I personally prefer the double boiler method, but I will show you both.
Before getting started with this step, make sure you use basic safety precautions in the kitchen i.e. oven mitts and potholders because you will be dealing with hot materials.
Double Boiler Method
Whether you have a real double boiler like this or a makeshift double boiler like mine, you can master this method of melting chocolate.
Place about an inch of water in the bottom pan, then place your chocolate and coconut oil in the top pan.
Heat the double boiler over medium heat stirring frequently. You don’t want to rush melting the chocolate. If melted too quickly, the chocolate will not have the glossy finish that we are after.
Remove from heat once the chocolate is just smooth. This will be around 86-90 degrees. I typically just do this by sight, but you can use a thermometer to be more precise. Make sure you don’t overheat the chocolate. If the chocolate is overheated, you won’t get the glossy shine we are after.
Place the chocolate and coconut oil in a medium-sized glass bowl. It is important to use a glass bowl for this. I have had a plastic one melt while making dipping chocolate. It made a HUGE mess!!!
Microwave on high in 20-second increments taking the bowl out to stir the chocolate after each burst in the microwave.
You will continue this process until the chocolate is just barely smooth. Make sure you don’t over heat your chocolate!
3 | Dipping
Lay some parchment paper on your countertops. This will give us a place to set the dipped strawberries where they can set up and be removed easily.
Pour some melted chocolate into a glass tumbler or measuring cup. This will let us dip the strawberries easier.
You will want to work fairly quickly to dip the strawberries. Holding the strawberry by the stem, dip the strawberry into the chocolate-filled tumbler. Dip the strawberry as far as you would like the chocolate to come up. Remember that the melted chocolate is still really hot. (Note that I totally did all this in a white t-shirt and didn’t get a single bit of chocolate on it!)
Place the dipped strawberries on the parchment paper to dry. These take about two hours to fully set up. DO NOT place the dipped strawberries in the refrigerator until after the chocolate has set. Speeding up the cooling process will cause the chocolate to have a waxy look. They don’t taste any different, but the glossy ones are WAY prettier!
4 | Serve!
Whether you are serving your chocolate dipped strawberries at an event or just giving them as gifts, everyone will be wowed by your amazing chocolatier work!
As always, I’m happy to help you! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, just let me know. You can find more delicious desserts to make here.