Introducing Valentine’s Day Chocolate Covered Strawberries. If there is a token dessert for Valentine’s Day, it has got to be these fresh strawberries are dipped in melted gooey chocolate.
It is the happy food, guilty pleasure, a gesture of love and beauty. DREAMY.
There’s something about these chocolate covered strawberries that makes a difficult day turn a little easier, puts a smile on a sad face, and makes me want to do the happy dance.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Valentine’s Day
I always want some yummy chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine’s Day.
I mean, it’s hard to imagine Valentine’s Day without these chocolate dipped strawberries that are lovely as desserts and gifts for your loved one.
With Valentines Day around the corner, Chocolate Covered Strawberries are everywhere. And let’s be honest, the store-bought ones are pricey!
It’s really just strawberries dipped in chocolate, so here’s what I think. Save yourself some money and make your own Valentine’s day chocolate covered strawberries at home at home, because seriously, they are so easy to make!
While chocolate covered strawberries are the token Valentine’s dessert and present, but it doesn’t have to be just a Valentine’s Day thing.
Make them for a hang-out with girlfriends, take a bath and enjoy them with a glass of wine (talk about dreamy), substitute them for popcorn for movie night in your pajamas after a long day of work (me, please!).
I love making chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine’s day or any day really because it literally requires just three (or two) ingredients:
- Strawberries – use only fresh strawberries, not frozen (too much moisture). Make sure strawberries are pat dry after washing before dipping in chocolate.
- Chocolate – I like to use baking chocolate, chocolate chunks or good quality chocolate chips. Some chocolate chips have too much coating on it which will make it hard to melt. Chocolate will be very thick after it is melted, making it very hard to dip strawberries in them.
- White chocolate chips (optional) – also use good quality white chocolate chips so that your white chocolate melt well. This is used primarily for decoration so you can skip this step if you are in a rush.
Oh, and no cooking is required when making these Valentine’s day chocolate covered strawberries. Just a microwave.
Pot and stovetops can be used to melt your chocolate chips, but not necessary. I do have the instructions for both so don’t you worry!
That’s right. Easy peasy. Just a few things to keep in mind, and have some fun along the way!
How to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries (with step-by-step pictures)
Step 1: Prepare strawberries
Most people often overlook this step when making chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine’s day. It is so important to prep your strawberries well!
You’ll want to rinse your strawberries to clean it, and then pat them dry with paper towel.
Wet strawberries make pretty yucky chocolate covered strawberries…so don’t skip this step! 🙂
Step 2: Melt Chocolate
Next, let’s melt some ooey gooey chocolate/ baking chocolate / chocolate chunk/ chocolate chips.
Note that some chocolate melts better than others. If they are very thick after melting (usually means there are other ingredients in the chocolate and not just pure chocolate), it may be too hard to dip your strawberries in them.
Use good quality chocolate for the best tasting Chocolate Covered Strawberries, especially if you want to make them look pretty or gift them on Valentine’s Day or on special occasions.
If you are using baking chocolate or a big piece of chocolate, chop them into smaller pieces before melting them.
There are two ways to melt your chocolate:
- Microwave: pour chocolate chunks or chocolate chips it into a bowl, and microwave for 1 minute at 50% power. Remove, stir, bring it back to the microwave for 30 second at 50% power. Keep doing that (remove, stir, microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power) until chocolate is smooth and completely melted.
- Stovetop: pour chocolate chunks or chocolate chips it into a pot. Heat pot on low heat. Stir continuously until chocolate is fully melted. Then remove from heat promptly.
Ahhh Melted Chocolate… I love you and I want to DRINK you right now.
And have a sugar high for the rest of the day. But I’ll take it.
Step 3: Dip Strawberries in chocolate
Grab the leafy part of the strawberry (whatever that is called…) and sink those strawberries into the pool of heavenly chocolate.
How I wish I was those strawberries right now…
Place strawberry on a plate lined with parchment paper or wax paper. Then repeat until all strawberries are coated in delicious chocolaty goodness.
Although completely optional, consume some of that melted chocolate along the way for your own pleasure and enjoyment.
The amount of chocolate called for in this recipe is enough for strawberry AND (small amount of) consumption.
YOU ARE WELCOME.
Place your chocolate covered strawberries in the fridge so that the chocolate hardens quicker while you prefer the white chocolate.
Step 4: Decorate
Finally, it’s time to decorate those chocolate covered strawberries. If you are gifting these for Valentine’s Day or trying to make them pretty, I highly recommend doing this! It’s actually fairly simple and doesn’t require any fancy tools.
To melt the white chocolate chips, melt them at 50% power at 30 seconds increments. You can also melt the white chocolate chips on the stovetop.
Then transfer into a zip lock bag and snip a very, very small opening on one of the corners of the bag. Start as small as possible.
I keep this in mind every time I do this (because I’m klutzy at the core) : I can always snip a bigger opening if needed, but I cannot make it smaller.
Then gently squeeze out white chocolate and draw thin lines across the strawberries. Or draw your favorite shape, or flower, or cartoon. And if you are not feeling this squeezing and drawing thing, then skip it! This makes the strawberries pretty, but doesn’t add much to the taste.
Bring strawberries to the fridge and refrigerate them for 10 minutes or so to harden the chocolate and white chocolate.
Ta-da!! There you go, all the valentine’s chocolate covered strawberries your heart desires.
Behold and be blown away by deliciousness and loveliness.
They make me feel so refined and elegant when I am eating them.
And don’t even think about eating just one or two.
Consider this is your warning: it is impossible to stop at one!
Frequently Asked Questions
I would store them in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
The better quality the chocolate the easier they melt. Chocolate with coatings on it will not melt as well. I find that chocolate chunks, baking chocolate, and some chocolate chips (unfortunately, not all) melts well.
Yes! You can heat the chocolate on low heat in a pot while stirring continuously. Or, you can also use the double moiler method. Place 1 to 2 inches of water in a small pot and place a bowl that can withstand heat in the pot (water should not go into the bowl). Heat pot, place chocolate chips in the bowl and keep stirring until chocolate is completely melted.
I personally prefer the microwave method because I think it is easier and faster.
LOVE LOVE LOVE! ❤️
Other Valentine’s Day Recipes
Check out other desserts, treats and meal ideas for Valentine’s Day!
- No-Bake Chocolate Tart
- Oreo Truffles
- Chocolate Lava Cake
- Red Wine Braised Short Ribs
- Strawberry Mousse
- Strawberry Shortcake Angel Food Cake
- Heart Shape Pizza (by Kathryn’s Kitchen)
Valentine’s Day Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- 16 oz strawberries
- 12 oz baking chocolate or chocolate chunks, chocolate chips
- 4 oz white chocolate chips
- Wash and pat dry strawberries.
- Chop chocolate into smaller pieces if needed. Melt chocolate in the microwave on 50% power for 1 minute. Remove and stir.
- Bring chocolate back to the microwave, melt on 50% power for 30 seconds. Remove and stir.
- Repeat step 3 until chocolate is smooth and completely melted.
- Holding the leafy end of the strawberry, dip strawberry into melted chocolate. Then placed strawberry on a plate lined with parchment or wax paper. Repeat for all the strawberries. Set aside chocolate dipped strawberries in the refrigerator.
- Optional: Consume the rest of the chocolate 🙂
- Melt white chocolate in the microwave on 50% power for 30 seconds. Remove and stir. Repeat until white chocolate is smooth and completely melted.
- Bring white chocolate into a zip lock bag, and snip a VERY SMALL opening on one corner of the zip lock bag.
- Remove strawberries from refrigerator. Squeeze white chocolate out from the opening and draw thin horizontal lines (or anything else you want) on strawberries.
- Refrigerate strawberries for 10 minutes so that chocolate hardens.
- Serve and enjoy!
- pot method: heat the chocolate on low heat in a pot while stirring continuously. Remove promptly from heat once chocolate is melted.
- double moiler method: place 1 to 2 inches of water in a small pot and place a bowl that can withstand heat in the pot (water should not go into the bowl). Heat pot, place chocolate in the bowl and keep stirring until chocolate is completely melted.