Chocolate Dipped Strawberries are so simple to make and a heavenly treat and there are so many ways to dress them up. What makes them so good is the perfect balance between the juicy, tart strawberries and the rich, creamy, chocolate. All it takes is melting chocolate, dipping the strawberries, and letting them cool.
With just a few simple steps, anyone can create these mouthwatering treats, making them great for Valentine's Day, parties, or special occasions. Here are 10 of my favorite to dress them up.
How to Dress-Up Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
These variations will not only enhance the flavor of the strawberries but also add visual appeal, making them perfect for special occasions or as gourmet gifts.
- Crushed Nuts: Roll the chocolate-dipped strawberries in finely chopped nuts like almonds, pistachios, or hazelnuts for added crunch and flavor.
- Shredded Coconut: Coat the chocolate-dipped strawberries in shredded coconut for a tropical twist and an extra layer of texture.
- Sprinkles: Decorate the chocolate-dipped strawberries with colorful sprinkles to add a fun and festive touch.
- Edible Glitter: Dust the chocolate-dipped strawberries with edible glitter for a glamorous and eye-catching presentation.
- Crushed Cookies: Roll the chocolate-dipped strawberries in crushed cookies such as Oreos or graham crackers for a delicious cookies and cream variation.
- Drizzled White Chocolate: After dipping the strawberries in dark or milk chocolate, drizzle them with melted white chocolate for an elegant contrast in both flavor and appearance.
- Caramel Swirl: Drizzle caramel sauce over the chocolate-dipped strawberries for a decadent caramel-chocolate combination.
- Sea Salt: Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt over the chocolate-dipped strawberries to enhance the flavors and create a delicious sweet and salty contrast.
- Cocoa Powder: Dust the chocolate-dipped strawberries with cocoa powder for an extra-rich chocolate flavor and a beautiful finish.
- Chopped Candy Bars: Roll the chocolate-dipped strawberries in chopped candy bars like Snickers, Reese's, or Kit-Kat for a delightful candy-coated treat.
Handling and Storing Fresh Strawberries
Strawberries are delicate, so handle them as little as possible to prevent bruising. When you get home, remove any that are mushy, discolored, or moldy. One bad berry can ruin the whole container. Stored in the refrigerator, they will keep up to 3 days. Wash them right before using and use as little water as possible.
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- 3 oz. bittersweet chocolate (60 or 72%), chopped
- 2 tsp. neutral vegetable oil, such as grapeseed or canola
- 1 pint medium-size ripe fresh strawberries (preferably with stems),rinsed and thoroughly dried
- Melt the chocolate with the oil in a small, deep heatproof bowl set in a skillet holding about 1 inch of barely simmering water, stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove the bowl from the heat.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper. Tilt the bowl to pool the chocolate on one side. Dip each strawberry into the chocolate to cover about two-thirds of the berry, or until the chocolate reaches the strawberry's shoulders. Turn the berry to coat it evenly, lift it out of the chocolate, and gently shake off any excess. Carefully place it on the paper. If the dipping chocolate begins to cool and thicken, return the bowl to the water bath to heat it briefly.
- Let the berries stand at room temperature for 15 minutes andt hen refrigerate until the chocolate is set, 20 to 30 minutes. Carefully remove the berries from the waxed paper. Serve or refrigerate for up to 8 hours before serving.