These are not your every day chocolate covered strawberries! I’ve spent hours testing eight different types of chocolate to make the most perfect chocolate-dipped strawberries.

These are so impressive, your friends and family will think you had a strawberries delivery from a fancy dessert company! Keep reading for my tried and tested tips!

close up of a chocolate covered strawberry with a white chocolate drizzle, surrounded by more chocolate strawberries

These Dipped Strawberries are perfect for every occasion!

It doesn’t need to be Valentine’s Day to enjoy this delicious treat. There is nothing like fresh strawberries, dipped into decadent chocolate and chilled to perfection.

My chocolate-covered strawberries recipe makes the perfect chocolate strawberries, and I ensured that by testing not one, not two, but eight different chocolates to find the best results. 

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When you follow my easy 7 steps below, you’ll just need about 30 minutes and 4 ingredients to make this foolproof recipe.

These are so impressive, your friends and family will think you had a strawberries delivery from a fancy dessert company! Keep reading for my tried and tested tips!

Ingredients for chocolate covered strawberries including fresh strawberries, a bag of ghiradelli classic white chips, ghiradelli semi sweet chocolate chips, white chocolate bar, semi-sweet chocolate, dark chocolate melting wafers and milk chocolate melting wafers, and coconut oil

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Ingredients 

These easy chocolate covered strawberries only require 4 basic ingredients. Keep reading to get the full recipe with measurements and more tips!

  • Strawberries
  • Semi-sweet chocolate: baking bar or chips – keep reading to discover which chocolate I think is best!
  • White chocolate: baking bar or chips
  • Coconut oil or another neutral oil
chocolate covered strawberries in rows, alternating white chocolate with a dark chocolate drizzle and milk chocolate with white and dark chocolate drizzles

Variations/Toppings

You can add a variety of toppings to chocolate dipped strawberries if you choose. Some popular topping include:

  • Sprinkles
  • Finely crushed pistachios
  • Finely crushed almonds
  • Finely crushed peppermint
  • Any of your favorite candy, finely crushed
  • Mini chocolate chips
Close up of a hand holding a chocolate covered strawberry with one bite out of it, showing the fresh red strawberry inside

What is the Best Chocolate for Chocolate Covered Strawberries?

I tested 8 different types of chocolate to help you figure out which one to use!

While testing the chocolate, I made detailed notes about how long the chocolate took to melt, the taste, appearance, consistency for dipping, the time it took to dry, the price, and more.

While strawberries are amazing dipped in any delicious chocolate, the below guide will help you elevate your chocolate-covered strawberries! Here are my observations about the chocolate coating:

Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Flavored Melting Wafers

  • Time to melt: 60 seconds
  • Taste: Chocolate flavor wasn’t very pronounced. Tasted more sweet than chocolatey.
  • Dipping consistency: Smooth, easy to melt
  • Overall appearance: Matte, light brown
  • Drying time: Quick dry, within minutes
  • Price: .49 cents/oz
  • Additional Notes: Quickest to dry, super easy dip.

Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

  • Time to melt: 90 seconds
  • Taste: Deep, rich chocolate flavor
  • Dipping consistency: Thick
  • Overall appearance: Shiny
  • Drying time: Slow, a few hours to dry
  • Price: .34 cents/oz
  • Additional Notes: Best for baking, not a great fruit dipper.

Ghirardelli White Chocolate Chips

  • Time to melt: 60 seconds
  • Taste: Not overly sweet, good rich flavor
  • Dipping consistency: Medium thickness but still easy to dip
  • Overall appearance: Off-white
  • Drying time: Quick-dry
  • Price: .38 cents/oz
  • Additional Notes: Probably the best white chocolate option in terms of taste and dry time.

Baker’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar

  • Time to melt: 90 seconds
  • Taste: Deep, rich chocolate flavor
  • Dipping consistency: Medium thickness but still easy to dip
  • Overall appearance: Shiny
  • Drying time: Slow dry, a few hours to dry
  • Price: .62 cents/oz
  • Additional Notes: Had good consistency for dipping.

Ghirardelli White Chocolate Bar

  • Time to melt: 60 seconds
  • Taste: Not overly sweet, good rich flavor
  • Dipping consistency: Medium thickness but still easy to dip
  • Overall appearance: Off-white
  • Drying time: Slow dry, a few hours to dry
  • Price: .72 cents/oz
  • Additional Notes: Good taste, more expensive and slower dry time. 

Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Flavored Melting Wafers

  • Time to melt: 60 seconds
  • Taste: Not bitter like normal dark chocolate, way better chocolate flavor than the Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Flavored Melting Wafers
  • Dipping consistency: easy to melt, smooth
  • Overall appearance: Matte
  • Drying time: Quick dry
  • Price: .49 cents/oz
  • Additional Notes: Wasn’t bitter like normal dark chocolate! Not super dark either.

Chocolate Almond Bark (Walmart brand)

  • Time to melt: 60 seconds
  • Taste: Tasted more sweet than chocolatey 
  • Dipping consistency: Easy to melt, smooth
  • Overall appearance: Matte
  • Drying time: Quick dry
  • Price: .15 cents/oz
  • Additional Notes: Makes a great drizzle!

White Chocolate Almond Bark (Walmart brand)

  • Time to melt: 60 seconds
  • Taste: Tasted more sweet than chocolatey
  • Dipping consistency: Easy to melt, smooth
  • Overall appearance: Pure white, whitest of all
  • Drying time: Quick dry
  • Price: .15 cents/oz
  • Additional Notes: Makes a great drizzle!

Which chocolate should I use?

Ultimately, the type of chocolate to use will depend on your personal preference. That being said..

  • If you are looking for a rich, deep chocolate flavor and you’re okay with waiting for them to dry, use Ghirardelli or Baker’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar. 
  • If you want middle-of-the-road chocolate with a quick dry time, I recommend Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Flavored Melting Wafers. 
  • If you want the most cost-effective option, use Chocolate Almond Bark or White Chocolate Almond Bark. 
  • If you want a pure white color, use Walmart Brand White Chocolate Almond Bark. 
  • The chocolate chips were my least favorite because the mixture was very thick, even after adding additional oil. 
Chocolate covered strawberries on a white cutting board surrounded by chocolate, fresh strawberries, and numbered and labeled with the names of which chocolate they were dipped with

The picture above of the strawberries numbered on the white board was taken about 30+ minutes after dipping all of them and you can clearly tell the ones that take the longest to set as they are still shiny.

How to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries

When you follow my step-by-step guide, you’ll be amazed at how easy making gorgeous strawberries dipped in chocolate can be! Keep reading to get my pro tips and the full recipe with measurements and ingredients in the recipe card below:

  1. Fill a bowl with warm water, add the strawberries and gently swish them together to clean them. Drain the water and thoroughly dry each strawberry. Allow them to dry air for 30 minutes. They must be completely dry or the chocolate will not stick.
  2. To melt the chocolate, use a microwave-safe bowl and heat it in 20 second increments, stirring in between each interval. Usually, it takes about 3-4 intervals. Once you see smaller pieces remaining, stop microwaving and use a spoon to stir, as the residual heat will melt the chocolate.
  3. Once fully melted, stir ½ teaspoon of oil into each type of chocolate. This will help you achieve the perfect consistency for dipping, give the chocolate a glossy finish, and allow the chocolate to have a softer texture versus a hard crack when you bite it. 
  4. Line a baking sheet with wax paper, parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  5. Hold the strawberry by the stem and dip into the chocolate. Then gently scrape the excess chocolate off the bottom of the strawberry, using the lip of the bowl. Place on the lined tray. 
  1. Optional: drizzle the strawberries with chocolate, milk chocolate or white chocolate. Place a small amount of chocolate into a piping bag or sandwich bag. Cut a small hole in one corner, then carefully drizzle the chocolate over the strawberries.
a white chocolate covered strawberry being drizzled with milk chocolate, surrounded by more chocolate covered strawberries
  1. Allow the strawberries to sit at room temperature until the chocolate fully sets. Remove from the tray and plate.
chocolate covered strawberries drying on a parchment paper lined baking sheet

Making Chocolate Covered Strawberries in Advance

Chocolate covered strawberries are best enjoyed fresh, ideally within 24 hours of making them. The longer they are stored, the higher the chance of the strawberries becoming less fresh and the chocolate losing its texture and flavor due to condensation. 

The best way to store chocolate-covered strawberries is at room temperature, so if you make them in advance, keep them on the counter for about one day. Room temperature strawberries won’t produce as much condensation, keeping their texture intact. 

Tips for Dipped Strawberries

You don’t need to rely on strawberry delivery from Edible Arrangements because these are even better and can be made any time you want them! Follow these tips for the best strawberries dipped in chocolate!

  • Use fresh strawberries: Using firm, ripe, juicy strawberries with fresh green leaves with red all the way up to the stem will make the best, and most visually pleasing, chocolate strawberries.
  • Use dry, room temp strawberries: Be sure to allow time to let your strawberries come to room temp and ensure they are thoroughly dried to reduce condensation and allow chocolate to set.
  • Use high quality chocolate:​ Use the guide above to help you choose the perfect chocolate for easy dipping and a final result that rivals any store-bought chocolate strawberries.
chocolate covered strawberries on a white plate

How to Get the Right Consistency for Chocolate Covered Strawberries

To thin your chocolate to the perfect consistency, add coconut oil (or any other neutral oil) in small amounts until you reach the desired consistency. Be sure to add in small amounts little by little, because if you add too much it will prevent the chocolate from setting properly.

How to Serve this Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe 

Chocolate covered strawberries are perfect for a special occasion like a wedding, party, or holiday gathering because they are such an elegant dessert. However, this is one of my favorite treats to enjoy any time you get the craving or just want to provide a special treat for your family! 

Some other ideas for serving chocolate dipped strawberries include:

  • Dress up other desserts: ​Decorate the base and/or the top of chocolate cake
  • Decorate a dessert bar: ​Arrange individual dipped strawberries around a dessert bar for tasty, edible decor.
  • Chocolate strawberry pops: Add strawberries to a wooden skewer for chocolate dipped strawberry pops that can either be a handheld treat or stuck into many other desserts as a tasty decoration. 
a white bowl full of chocolate covered strawberries and fresh strawberries surrounded by white and milk chocolate chips

How to Store Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate covered strawberries are best stored at room temperature. You can keep them on the counter for about one day. 

If you want to keep your chocolate covered strawberries for more than a day, you should refrigerate them. However, refrigeration might cause them to sweat a bit. To reduce sweating, put a couple of paper towels at the bottom of an airtight container and place the strawberries on top of the paper towels. If you need to store multiple layers of strawberries, use wax paper or parchment paper between the layers to prevent sticking.

How long do Chocolate Covered Strawberries last?

Chocolate covered strawberries last at room temperature for about 24 hours. When refrigerated, they can last about 48 hours.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries FAQs

Do strawberries need to be dry before dipping in chocolate?

Yes, dry strawberries allow the chocolate mixture to stick to them. Strawberries should be washed and then thoroughly dried before dipping.

Why won’t melted chocolate stick to my strawberries?

Melted chocolate may not stick to strawberries due to moisture on the strawberries’ surface. Ensure the strawberries are thoroughly dried before dipping them in chocolate. Additionally, the chocolate’s temperature is essential; if it’s too hot or too cold, it may not adhere properly. 

Do you put Chocolate Covered Strawberries in the fridge before making them?

For best results and to minimize condensation as the chocolate cools, strawberries should be at room temperature before dipping. 

How do you dry strawberries after dipping in chocolate?

To dry strawberries after dipping them in chocolate, simply let the excess chocolate drizzle off, and then place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet or a sheet pan lined with a silicone baking mat or wax paper. Leave the strawberries until the chocolate has hardened.

Why are my chocolate-covered strawberries watery?

Both the fresh berries and the chocolate contain water, and when they undergo temperature changes (like being removed from the refrigerator and coming to room temp) the moisture is brought out. For best results, before you dip strawberries you should let them come to room temp first, and make sure they are completely dry before dipping.

a bowl full of chocolate covered strawberries mixed with fresh, whole strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Recipe

5 from 1 rating
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 24 strawberries
These chocolate covered strawberries are so impressive, your friends and family will think you got them from a fancy dessert company!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound strawberries, 16 oz
  • 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate, *read notes, baking bar or chips, equal to 1 cup
  • 8 oz white chocolate, *read notes, baking bar or chips, equal to 1 cup
  • ½ tsp coconut oil or another neutral oil, for each type of chocolate you melt

Instructions
 

  • Fill a bowl with warm water, add the strawberries and gently swish them together to clean them. Drain the water and thoroughly dry each strawberry. Allow them to dry air for 30 minutes. They must be completely dry or the chocolate will not stick.
  • To melt the chocolate, use a microwave-safe bowl and heat it in 20 second increments, stirring in between each interval. Usually, it takes about 3-4 intervals. Once you see smaller pieces remaining, stop microwaving and use a spoon to stir, as the residual heat will melt the chocolate.
  • Once fully melted, stir ½ teaspoon of oil into each type of chocolate. This will help you achieve the perfect consistency for dipping, give the chocolate a glossy finish, and allow the chocolate to have a softer texture versus a hard crack when you bite it.
  • Line a baking sheet with wax paper, parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Hold the strawberry by the stem and dip into the chocolate. Then gently scrape the excess chocolate off the bottom of the strawberry, using the lip of the bowl. Place on the lined tray.
  • Optional: drizzle the strawberries with chocolate, milk chocolate or white chocolate. Place a small amount of chocolate into a piping bag or sandwich bag. Cut a small hole in one corner, then carefully drizzle the chocolate over the strawberries.
  • Allow the strawberries to sit at room temperature until the chocolate fully sets. Remove from the tray and plate.

Notes

Storing: For best results, eat the strawberries the day they are made. Store them at room temperature on the counter. I do not recommend refrigerating them or condensation will form.

What is the Best Chocolate for Chocolate Covered Strawberries?

For the full details on the 8 chocolates I tested, read the blog post. 
Final Conclusions
Ultimately, the type of chocolate to use will depend on your personal preference.
  • That being said, if you are looking for a rich, deep chocolate flavor and you’re okay with waiting for them to dry, use Ghirardelli or Baker’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar. 
  • If you want middle-of-the-road chocolate with a quick dry time, I recommend Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Flavored Melting Wafers. 
  • If you want the most cost-effective option, use Chocolate Almond Bark or White Chocolate Almond Bark. 
  • If you want a pure white color, use Walmart Brand White Chocolate Almond Bark. 
  • The chocolate chips were my least favorite because the mixture was very thick, even after adding additional oil. 
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Author: Beth
Calories: 112kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 10mg, Potassium: 110mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 10IU, Vitamin C: 11mg, Calcium: 28mg, Iron: 1mg
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