Chocolate-covered strawberries may be a luxurious hotel amenity and quintessential romantic dessert, but you can make these treats easily at home too with just two ingredients — chocolate and strawberries. Chocolatier Nicole Patel of Delysia Chocolatier enjoys making chocolate-covered strawberries with her son and shares her tips and tricks for getting it right every time.
“They are the perfect pairing to an effervescent glass of champagne,” she says. Chocolate-covered strawberries are a great vegan dessert too, so long as you select a dairy-free chocolate.
How to melt chocolate
You can easily melt chocolate at home without any special equipment, either on the stovetop or in the microwave.
Just be patient and attentive, and stir often to prevent scorching your chocolate. Use a high-quality dark or milk chocolate to ensure it melts smoothly.
Tips for making the best chocolate-covered strawberries
Here are a few tips to take your chocolate-covered strawberries to the next level:
- Use high-quality ingredients. There are only two ingredients — chocolate and strawberries — so make sure you use the highest quality of both.
- Dry your strawberries. Ensure your strawberries are totally dry before dipping or the chocolate will seize, or tighten up.
- Add a crunchy topping. Sprouted buckwheat is a great nut-free, crunchy topping for those with nut allergies.
- Try incorporating a chocolate drizzle. If you’re adding a drizzle of a different type of chocolate as decoration, wait until the outer shell has completely cooled before adding it. Melt the second chocolate and transfer it into a plastic sandwich bag, snipping a very small tip off the corner of the bag and drizzling to create patterns. Then allow the chocolate decoration to set.
How long do chocolate-covered strawberries last?
According to Patel, chocolate-covered strawberries start to go bad the moment they are dipped in chocolate.
“Chocolate halts the airflow needed to keep the strawberries fresh, so they will start sweating and make the outer chocolate shell slightly moist,” Patel says. “That totally ruins the beautiful outer coating. Within a day or so, the fruit becomes soggy and starts to spoil.”
Chocolate-covered strawberries are best served fresh, so make them a few hours before serving and enjoy them within 24 hours.
If you aren’t eating your treats right away, the best way to store chocolate-covered strawberries is at room temperature. If conditions don’t allow strawberries to be stored outside the refrigerator, then line a sealable container with paper towels to remove any moisture. Place the strawberries in a single layer, cover, and refrigerate.
“Be aware that condensation will occur and the chocolate may get white and chalky,” Patel says.
Chocolate-covered strawberries are an easy dessert to make at home that requires just two ingredients — chocolate and strawberries.
Wash and dry your strawberries, and prepare your workstation before you start melting the chocolate. Once the chocolate is tempered, you have a short window of opportunity to work with it before it sets.
You can get creative decorating your strawberries with toppings like nuts, sprinkles, and cacao nibs. Once the chocolate sets, these perishable treats are best enjoyed within 24 hours.