Chocolate covered strawberries are more than just a dessert; they’re a versatile treat that can elevate any gathering, from casual get-togethers to holidays and formal parties. The key to their perfection lies in two crucial steps: properly melting the chocolate and ensuring the strawberries are completely dry. When these two elements come together, the result is a delightful combination of flavors and textures. The strawberries provide a burst of freshness and natural sweetness, which is beautifully complemented by the rich and velvety chocolate. Preparing them is a breeze and doesn’t require any fancy kitchen equipment. Whether you’re using a microwave or a stove-top double boiler, the process is straightforward. This treat is not only delicious but also a feast for the eyes, making it a perfect addition to any dessert spread.

Why You’ll Love Chocolate Covered Strawberries

  • Make-Ahead Convenience: Can be prepared in advance, making them perfect for stress-free entertaining or as a ready-to-enjoy snack.
  • Quick and Easy: Requires minimal ingredients and can be made in a short amount of time, ideal for both spontaneous treats and planned desserts.
  • Versatile and Customizable: Easily adaptable with various chocolate types and toppings, allowing for personalization and creativity in each batch.
  • Deliciously Decadent: The classic combination of sweet strawberries and rich chocolate offers a delightful taste experience.
  • Suitable for Many Occasions: Ideal for romantic gestures like Valentine’s Day, elegant enough for parties, and fun for ‘just because’ moments.
Bird's eye view of Chocolate Covered Strawberries on wax paper.

Ingredient Breakdown

  • Strawberries: Always choose ripe, firm strawberries. Avoid overly ripe or bruised ones.
  • Chocolate: Use high-quality chocolate bars for better melting and flavor. You can substitute dark chocolate with milk or white chocolate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use frozen strawberries?

No, you will need to use fresh strawberries for this recipe as frozen ones can become mushy and release water.

How dry do the strawberries need to be?

VERY dry. Chocolate hates water. When making chocolate covered strawberries it is important that the strawberries are 100% dry. Wash, drain, and then take a paper towel to dry each strawberry individually. I recommend leaving the green parts on the strawberries for easier dipping into the chocolate. Make sure the green leaves are patted dry too, otherwise drops of water might run down the dry strawberries.

What type of chocolate is best?

High-quality chocolate bars work best. Avoid using chocolate chips as they contain stabilizers that can affect melting.

Can chocolate covered strawberries be frozen?

No. The chocolate covered strawberries have to harden in the fridge, not the freezer. If you risk the strawberries to freeze they will be rock hard and you won’t be able to give them a bite. PLUS, once they thaw they get mushy and release all their water into the chocolate and that’s not a nice thing to look at and the taste suffers from it, too.

How to Melt Chocolate for Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Microwave Method: Place chopped chocolate in a wide, shallow microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds at medium-high power. Remove and stir with a rubber spatula. Even if the chocolate still retains its shape, stirring helps distribute the heat. Return to the microwave and heat for additional 15-second intervals, stirring in between, until completely melted and smooth.

Double Boiler Method: Fill a pot with a small amount of water and bring to a simmer. Place a heatproof bowl (larger than the pot) on top of the pot. The bottom of the bowl should not touch the water. Add the chocolate to the bowl. The steam from the simmering water will gently heat the bowl and melt the chocolate. Stir constantly with a rubber spatula (this helps ensure the chocolate doesn’t seize and become grainy), ensuring the chocolate melts evenly. Once melted, remove the bowl from heat immediately to prevent overheating.

Decorating Guide

Once you’ve mastered the art of dipping strawberries in chocolate, the next exciting step is decoration! Decorating chocolate covered strawberries can turn them into not just a tasty treat, but a visual delight. Here’s how you can embellish your strawberries with a variety of toppings like melted white chocolate, candy melts, and sprinkles.

Melted White Chocolate:

  • Follow the same steps as melting dark or milk chocolate. White chocolate can be a bit more sensitive to heat, so melt it slowly and at low heat, whether using a microwave or double boiler.
  • Once melted, let it cool slightly. You can then drizzle it over the already chocolate-covered strawberries using a fork or a piping bag with a small tip for more precision.

Candy Melts:

  • Candy melts come in various colors and are a great way to add a pop of color to your strawberries.
  • Melt them following the package instructions, usually similar to melting chocolate.
  • Use a piping bag or a small spoon to drizzle the candy melts over the strawberries. You can also dip the strawberries directly into the candy melts for a colorful coating.


  • Sprinkles, crushed nuts, or coconut flakes can be used to add texture and flavor.
  • After dipping the strawberries in chocolate, wait for just a minute or two — you want the chocolate to start setting but still be tacky.
  • Roll the chocolate-covered part of the strawberry in a bowl of your chosen topping, or sprinkle the topping over the strawberry, turning it as you go for an even coat.


  • Chocolate Seizing: If your chocolate becomes grainy, it’s likely overheated. Start over with fresh chocolate.
  • Wet Strawberries: Any moisture can cause the chocolate to not adhere. Ensure strawberries are completely dry before dipping.

Tips From the Chef

  • Leave the stem and leaves on the strawberries for easier dipping.
  • Dry strawberries thoroughly after washing.
  • Chop the chocolate into small, even pieces for uniform melting.
  • Stir constantly and monitor the heat closely.
Close up of a Chocolate Covered Strawberry on wax paper.

Make Ahead & Storage Instructions

Chocolate covered strawberries are best enjoyed fresh, but you can prepare them a day in advance. Once the chocolate has hardened, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Remove them about 30 minutes before serving to let them come to room temperature, enhancing their flavor and texture.

Short-Term Storage:

  • Room Temperature: If you plan to consume the strawberries within the day, you can store them at room temperature. This is ideal for keeping the chocolate glossy and the strawberries fresh. However, avoid warm or humid conditions to prevent melting or spoilage.
  • Refrigeration: For storage beyond a few hours and up to 24 hours, refrigerate the strawberries. Place them in a single layer on a plate or tray lined with parchment paper to prevent sticking. Then, loosely cover them with wax paper or plastic wrap. Avoid sealing them in an airtight container, as this can create condensation, causing the strawberries to become soggy and the chocolate to lose its crispness.

Longer Storage (Up to 48 Hours):

  • Refrigeration: For storage up to 48 hours, follow the same procedure as short-term refrigeration. Note that the longer the strawberries are stored, the higher the risk of moisture affecting their quality.
  • Best Practices: Store the strawberries in the coolest part of the refrigerator, away from strong-smelling foods to prevent flavor transfer. Also, ensure the strawberries are completely dry before refrigerating them to minimize moisture buildup.

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