How To Make Strawberry Dipped Chocolate


You might be wondering how to make strawberry dipped chocolate, or strawberry dipped chocolate bark. I’ve been making this recipe for years and it is one of my family’s favorite recipes.

There are many ways to use strawberry dipped chocolate in your kitchen, but the best way that is both easy and fun is to make your own dipped strawberries. You can make them at home and according to your taste.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

The simplest version of chocolate-covered strawberries I know. Paraffin was originally used instead of shortening. White chocolate may be drizzled over the milk chocolate for a fancier look. They are perfect for weddings when decorated with frosting bow ties, bells, butterflies, roses, etc.


Chocolate Covered StrawberriesPlump chocolate-coated berries are the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day or weddings, decorated with frosting bow ties and roses. And no one has to know how simple they are to prepare!Read the full recipe after the video.

Recipe Summary

Prep:15 minsCook:5 minsTotal:20 minsServings:24

close up view of Chocolate-Covered Strawberries on a platter


Decrease Serving24Increase ServingAdjustOriginal recipe yields 24 servingsIngredient Checklist

  • 16 ounces milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • toothpicks
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries with leaves


Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1Melt chocolate and shortening in a double boiler, stirring occasionally until smooth.
  • Step 2Insert toothpicks into tops (stem ends) of strawberries. Hold a strawberry by the toothpick and dip it into the chocolate mixture.
  • Step 3Turn the strawberry upside down and insert the toothpick into a Styrofoam block or place strawberry on a sheet of waxed paper; allow chocolate coating to cool. Repeat with remaining strawberries.


How to make Chocolate Covered Strawberries – a simple and quick tutorial on how to make everyone’s favorite treat that is perfect for snacking, special occasions and even Valentine’s Day!

Chocolate covered ANYTHING is always a family favorite! If you love these strawberries, you’ll love our Chocolate Covered Cherries, our easy Buckeyes, or even our chocolate covered Peanut Butter Balls.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries on white plate


I make Chocolate Covered Strawberries every Valentine’s Day. It’s sort of become tradition. Not only do the hubby and I love them, but the kids have come to love this simple dessert idea.

A few years back my sister was telling me her husband loved Chocolate Covered Strawberries too and she wanted to learn how to make them.

It was then that I realized I had fine tuned my chocolate covered strawberries recipe (by learning a few tips and tricks on how to make them over the years), and I shared it with her. She was so happy afterwards realizing they were so easy and that they were way less expensive to make than buy.

Today, I will be sharing all of our tips to get the PERFECT Chocolate Dipped Strawberries. We hope you like them!


When making chocolate strawberries, the first thing to decide is what kind of chocolate you want to use.

There are a variety of different chocolate options for dipping strawberries. Most work just fine but some have a different result. We typically use one of the following:

  • Ghirardelli Melting Wafers (milk, white or dark chocolate)
  • Candy Coating
  • Baker’s Chocolate
  • Chocolate Chips (Our favorite our Guittard Chips)

Our current favorite chocolate to use are the Ghirardelli Melting Wafers. The chocolate is delicious, and melts very easily.

Candy coating is a great option because it’s the least expensive and comes with a lot so you can get a lot of strawberries out of one box. It’s also easy to melt and sets up perfectly. The result is a more candy type chocolate coating with a little bit more stiffness.

We will use Baker’s chocolate when we are making fewer strawberries or when we really want to impress guests. It’s a tid more expensive but has a softer coating and tastes more gourmet.

Guittard Chocolate Chips aren’t too expensive, and the chocolate is incredible!! Whether you like dark, milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate, these chips are a great option. We have seen that chocolate chips burn more easily so you need to be extra careful when melting.

How to make chocolate covered strawberries


For any of the chocolates listed above, we typically melt them in a small pot on LOW heat. The key is to stir constantly with a rubber spatula until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

You can also use the microwave to melt chocolate. To do that, microwave chocolate in a glass bowl (or microwave-safe bowl) for 30 seconds on HIGH. Remove and stir. Repeat with 15 seconds blasts in the microwave until all the chocolate is melted.


Using a double-boiler definitely helps while melting chocolate and also helps it become silky smooth.

If you don’t have a double boiler you can bring an inch of water to a simmer in a small pot. Set a glass bowl above it with the chocolate inside and stir until the chocolate is all melted.

Having said that, we rarely use a double-boiler and use the method above for melting chocolate.

Strawberries on table


As mentioned, these strawberries are so easy to make. If you’ve ever bought them before you will probably remember that were pretty expensive. Making them at home is definitely the way to go to save money and get more of them.

With about $10 of supplies, we can get at least 2 dozen strawberries with a 16 oz. package of candy coating or bag of Ghirardelli melting wafers. Here is what you’ll need to make them…

Here are the supplies need to make this dipped strawberries:

  • 1 pint Strawberries (rinsed and dried completely)
  • Chocolate for melting – we use milk chocolate and white chocolate
  • Parchment Paper
  • Plastic Baggie and Scissors
Strawberries on parchment paper


CLEAN STRAWBERRIES. To begin, rinse your berries. Place them on a paper towel to dry. I usually do this the morning of when I will be making them.

NOTE: Making sure the strawberries are completely dry is key since chocolate will not stick to water.

PREPARE BAKING SHEET. Line a baking sheet or pan with parchment paper. Place strawberries right next to your pan. Also, place a hot pad next to the pan for when the chocolate is melted.

NOTE: Sometimes the parchment paper doesn’t stay very well and starts to roll back up. To stop this I will spray a little cooking spray on the pan and then put on the parchment paper. Works like a charm! 😉

MELT CHOCOLATE. Melt your chocolate. Melt on LOW heat in the saucepan, stirring CONSTANTLY with a rubber spatula. Yes, it may take at least 5 minutes and your hand gets tired, but your candy will melt perfectly. When chocolate is completely smooth, remove from heat.

Chocolate dipped strawberries on parchment paper


DIP STRAWBERRIES. Hold your pot of chocolate at an angle. Grab strawberries by the stem and dip both sides in the chocolate making sure to shake off excess chocolate and place on your parchment paper. Continue doing this for all strawberries.

NOTE: One thing I like to do is go back and double dip the strawberries once they’ve set. Makes them extra chocolate-y and SMOOTH on the outside. I can usually get about 16 medium strawberries done with one bag of Ghirardelli melting wafers.

ANOTHER NOTE: 6 cubes of candy coating will cover between 15-20 small/regular size strawberries. It will also cover 10-12 large strawberries.

LET SET. Let Strawberries set on your counter until hard. Melt opposite chocolate and place in a ziploc bag (or piping bag) with a small cut in the corner. Place melted chocolate inside and drizzle back and forth over dipped strawberries.

To set more quickly, place strawberries in the refrigerator.

Just remember that the cold can sometimes produces condensation on the strawberries which can sometimes get in the way for the chocolate drizzle. Sometimes it does nothing, but I hate risking it. 😉

GIFT or ENJOY. We like to place these in a cute container or on a plate and wrap in cellophane to gift. Or, we love to have them for parties or special dinners and holidays.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

They’re dunked, drizzled, and sprinkled with fun toppings.RECIPEthe pioneer woman's chocolate covered strawberries recipe

Chocolate-covered strawberries deserve an award for being the easiest, most-versatile dessert ever. Think about it: what other two-ingredient, 10-minute dessert is equally perfect for kids, parties, and a romantic date night? (It’s not a croquembouche, we’ll say that.) When the craving for a chocolate dessert hits, turn to this effortless recipe.

Do strawberries have to be dry before dipping them in chocolate?

Dry strawberries are the secret to perfect chocolate-covered strawberries, because the chocolate sticks to dry berries best. After rinsing strawberries and draining in a colander, pat dry thoroughly with paper towels.

Can you use a microwave to melt chocolate?

Your microwave is a great tool for melting chocolate. While you can use the classic double-boiler method, using a microwave is totally safe. The secret is to take it slow. Microwave the chocolate in short, 30-second bursts, stirring in between each. For extra insurance, hold back about 1/4 of the chocolate and stir it into the melted chocolate after the final 30 seconds until smooth. The melted chocolate will be warm enough to melt the remaining chips, and the chips will help lower the temperature of the melted chocolate, keeping it shiny.

What chocolate is best for chocolate-covered strawberries?

Almost any chocolate will work fine for making chocolate-covered strawberries; generally, the better quality chocolate you use, the more beautiful and tasty your berries will be! Chocolate chips work perfectly fine; chopped chocolate bars or melting wafers work even better. And it doesn’t matter which type of chocolate you prefer—dark, milk, or white—they all make delicious chocolate-covered strawberries!

What’s the secret to pretty chocolate-covered strawberries?

Small microwave-safe bowls are the best size for making chocolate-covered strawberries. A small bowl allows for a deeper pool of chocolate, which makes it easier to coat the berries with chocolate. Another trick for beautiful, chocolate-covered strawberries is to decorate them soon after dipping, while the chocolate is still sticky. Sprinkle them with a variety of toppings, such as toasted coconut, sprinkles, chopped nuts, or even crushed freeze-dried berries to add a colorful crunch.YIELDS:4 – 6 servingsPREP TIME:0 hours 5 minsTOTAL TIME:0 hours 10 minsIngredients1 lb. 

strawberries1 c. 

semisweet, dark, or milk chocolate chips, divided1 c. 

white chocolate chips, divided

Sprinkles, chopped pistachios, toasted coconut, and freeze-dried strawberries, for topping Directions

  1. Rinse the strawberries and pat them dry thoroughly. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Place 3/4 cup of semisweet chocolate and 3/4 cup of white chocolate in two separate small microwave-safe bowls. Microwave each bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring in between each interval, until the chocolate is mostly melted, 90 seconds total. Add the remaining 1/4 cup semisweet and 1/4 cup white chocolate chips to their respective bowls; stir until smooth. (Microwave an additional 15 to 30 seconds, if needed).
  3. To dip the strawberries, stick a toothpick in the stem end of one berry, then dip it into the desired chocolate, swirling to coat. Transfer the dipped berries to the lined sheet tray. Repeat with the remaining berries. 
  4. Working quickly before the chocolate coating sets, sprinkle the berries with toppings such as sprinkles, chopped pistachios, toasted coconut, or freeze-dried strawberries, as you like. Refrigerate for 10 minutes to help the chocolate set, if needed. If desired, microwave the chocolate that remains in the bowls for 30 seconds, at 50% power, and drizzle over the coated berries.


Chocolate-covered strawberries are ripe, juicy strawberries that are dipped it into melted chocolate. Then, you garnish them with a variety of toppings to really make this treat for just about everyone!

I love strawberries and I love dessert! Put them together and enjoy these strawberry desserts for any occasion like this strawberry pie, this amazing no-bake cheesecake, or these delicious cheesecake stuffed strawberries!

Chocolate covered strawberries with drizzle or specialty toppings.

The Best Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate-covered strawberries are seriously so good. I mean, I just can’t resist mixing some juicy fruit with rich chocolate covering the top. Every single bite is perfect and delicious. My mouth is watering just thinking about them! These chocolate-covered strawberries are the best for Valentine’s Day! They are delicious, easy and not to mention the right color.

This is a classic dessert that is primarily tied to the month of February, and I really just want these to be made for every single holiday. They are SO good! Plus, they can easily be switched up to add different toppings, so you can have a lot of different looks and flavors on your platter. Make these strawberries for Valentine’s charcuterie board if you want to go the extra mile. Then there is really something for everyone

Ingredients to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries:

This dessert not only tastes fantastic but it also looks like a million bucks. Plus, you don’t need a lot of ingredients to make them! See the recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact measurements. 

  • Chocolate: You can use semi-sweet, milk chocolate, white chocolate, or dark chocolate for your strawberries! Or, keep it interesting and do a few of each.
  • Shortening: This creates a smoother consistency for your chocolate. 
  • Strawberries: When you are picking out your strawberries, make sure to pick out the largest ones that you can. These are easier to dip and hold on to when eating them. 
  • Toppings (Optional): Sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, chopped nuts, crushed candy bars, and crushed peppermint. 

Let’s Dip Some Strawberries!

This recipe is simple and easy! All you need is a few ingredients and a microwave to melt your chocolate. Once you try them out, then you will want to make these for every occasion! 

  1. Melt Chocolate: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside. In a small microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate of choice and shortening. Melt and stir after every 30 seconds until chocolate is completely smooth.
  2. Dip and Add Toppings: Dip the strawberry in chocolate so that it is completely covered. Then, lay it on parchment paper to set. If using toppings, immediately put them on the top.

What is the Best Type of Chocolate to Melt?

I like to use chocolate chips or candy melts for chocolate-covered strawberries. That’s because they have a delicious flavor and melt into a smooth and creamy texture. You can find them in any baking aisle at your local grocery store. Your store should have different kinds of milk, dark and white chocolate chips. Try using specialty chocolate like Ghirardelli or Guittard for a little more chocolaty taste.

The process of melting chocolate in a glass bowl then dip the strawberries in.

Tips for making Chocolate Covered Strawberries:

  • Picking strawberries: Red strawberries with little to no yellow will have the best flavor! Also, try and get bigger strawberries. They will be easier to dip and to hold. 
  • Preparing strawberries: Make sure to wash and then completely dry your strawberries before starting. The chocolate won’t stick if they are wet at all! 
  • Holding strawberries while dipping: Hold the strawberries by their green leaves. Then, dip the strawberry in the bowl (make sure to roll it so that it’s completely covered.) If you can’t get a good enough grip on the greens then try using a fork or wooden skewer at the top instead.
  • Set up chocolate-covered strawberries: Your strawberries will stick to your tray if you don’t use parchment paper. So don’t skip this step! You can also use a nonstick silicone baking mat.
  • Drizzling: To drizzle a topping onto the strawberries, take a ziplock bag and cut a small hole in the corner. Then, fill the bag with your topping and slowly squeeze it out of the hole onto the top of your strawberry. Make different designs and toppings to change things up! 
  • To keep chocolate-covered strawberries from sweating: Sometimes, you might see drops of water on your chocolate shell while the strawberries are in the fridge. Don’t wipe it off, just grab a paper towl and dab them with it. It will absord the consensation!

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