Learn how to make chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day or any special occasion with this easy microwave recipe. This simple recipe is the easiest way to make chocolate strawberries for dessert.
One of the best things about early spring is that strawberries are in season, and I can indulge in one of my favorite desserts -- chocolate covered strawberries!
Of course, plump juicy strawberries are delicious on their own or in a fresh salad. But when a strawberry is dipped into melted chocolate, it gets elevated to a higher plane.
I have been making chocolate-dipped strawberries in the microwave forever. It's the easiest way to melt chocolate without a double boiler, and it's foolproof! No standing over the stove, no muss, no fuss!
You only need 3 simple ingredients for this easy dessert. They should be easy to find in your local grocery store.
- Fresh strawberries -- Look for ripe strawberries that are firm and in perfect condition -- avoid mushy or overly soft berries.
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips -- look for good quality chocolate chips for best results. I like Guittard or Ghirhardellli
- Coconut oil -- helps chocolate melt smoothly, dry faster and adds a beautiful glossy finish. It's like a homemade chocolate shell and does not affect the taste.
How to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberries (easy microwave recipe)
First, rinse the strawberries under cold running water. Be sure to wash the leaves, as well -- don't cut them off, as you will need them for dipping.
Then, dry strawberries with a dry paper towel or clean kitchen towel. Let them air dry completely on a dry paper towel in a single layer while you melt the chocolate.
Next, place the chocolate chips into a medium microwave-safe bowl. You need about 2 cups chocolate morsels or a whole 12-oz bag.
Then, place 1 teaspoon coconut oil on top of the chocolate chips. Place the bowl into the microwave, and cook on full power for 30 seconds.
Stir chocolate, and cook in 30-second increments stirring after each increment until chocolate is melted.
Dip each strawberry into the melted chocolate, leaving just the very top uncovered.
Allow the excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. You can rotate or shake the berries very gently to get extra chocolate off.
Then, place the chocolate coated strawberries on a baking sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper lined to dry.
How to Decorate Chocolate Covered Strawberries
The easiest way to decorate chocolate covered strawberries is to add your favorite sprinkles before the the chocolate dries.
Add chocolate jimmies or seasonal sprinkles for fall, Christmas, Easter or summer.
If you want to get fancy, use a chocolate drizzle. Drizzle melted white chocolate chips, melted milk chocolate or melted candy coating over the chocolate strawberries.
You can dip strawberries into mini chocolate chips or crushed cookies or graham crackers for added flavor.
If you don't have coconut oil, you can substitute vegetable oil, shortening or butter.
Dip the strawberries in dark chocolate chips or milk chocolate instead of semi sweet.
Use a melting chocolate like Baker's chocolate or Scharffen Berger instead of chocolate morsels.
You can dip the strawberries in melted white chocolate or almond bark. Or make pink strawberries or any color using chocolate coating. If you do use chocolate coating, you won't need the coconut oil.
How to Store
The best way to store chocolate covered strawberries is in a cool dry place at room temperature if you are using them the same day.
If your house is warm, store the strawberries on a wax paper lined baking sheet or plate in the refrigerator. They stay fresh for up to 2 days, although they may sweat a little in the fridge.
Use the best quality chocolate you can buy. Don't skip the coconut oil - it really makes a difference!
For this chocolate covered strawberries recipe easy microwave method, always melt chocolate in the microwave in short increments, and stir between intervals.
Be sure strawberries are completely dry before dipping in melted chocolate.
The best way to drizzle chocolate is to use a piping bag for even lines. You can also use a food storage bag and cut off the tip of one corner. In a pinch, you can dip a fork into melted chocolate and drizzle it over the berries.
For best quality, make the strawberries the same day you plan to serve them. If necessary, you can make them 1 day in advance.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- 1 pint strawberries
- 12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips 2 cups
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- Wash strawberries under cold running water
- Pat dry completely using paper towels, and place on wax paper lined baking sheet
- Place chocolate chips in microwave-safe bowl, and add coconut oil
- Microwave on full power in 30 second increments, stirring gently after each 30 second increment, about 2 minutes total
- Hold strawberries by stem or leaves, and dip into melted chocolate
- Shake or rotate berries gently to remove excess chocolate, and place on wax paper-lined baking sheet to dry
Nutrition information is estimated. Please do your own calculation to fit special diets.
These easy chocolate covered strawberries never last long in our home! This is such an easy recipe that the kids make them as a gift on Mother's Day. The kids love chocolate as much as I do, but on Mother's Day, I get first pick!
I hope you enjoy this easy treat as much as we do. If you do make this delicious chocolate-covered strawberries recipe, please leave a star rating and/or comment.
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