Chocolate Drizzled Strawberries are simple! Get tips on this chocolate strawberries recipe, plus how to make chocolate dipped strawberries.
Chocolate strawberries are classic for a reason! These flavors go so well together and they also look beautiful presented on a tray. If you know me at all, you know I love dark chocolate and chocolate drizzled strawberries are one of the ways I enjoy it most. (If you want to know how to make chocolate dipped strawberries instead, just scroll down below the recipe for my simple instructions.)
You only need two ingredients for this chocolate strawberries recipe – you guessed it, chocolate and strawberries! I recommend using a good quality chocolate that you would enjoy eating on its own. It's kind of like the rule of only cooking with wine you would drink. I personally love Hu chocolate, but choose one you love or use a variety!
You'll start by melting your chocolate bar in a small pot on the stovetop, on very low heat. You can melt chocolate in the microwave but I really recommend the stovetop so you can keep an eye on it and avoid burning. A double boiler works best for this but you can absolutely melt chocolate without a double boiler if needed. The key is to use very low heat and to use your eyes AND nose to make sure it's not burning. I actually turn off the heat and put a lid on the pot when the chocolate starts melting and let it finish melting that way.
While the chocolate melts, you're going to create a pastry bag, unless you already have one. You can roll up parchment paper to do this, or simply make a small cut in the lower corner of a small plastic bag.
Place your strawberries in a single layer, close together on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Once your chocolate is melted and cool enough to handle, you'll transfer it to your pastry bag and drizzle over your strawberries. Refrigerate to harden the chocolate. That's all it takes to make beautiful chocolate drizzled strawberries!
You can also simply drizzle the chocolate straight from the pot if you'd like to skip the pastry bag step. These don't need to be completely uniform to look lovely.
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Chocolate Drizzled Strawberries
- 1 bar dark chocolate
- 1 pint strawberries
- Melt dark chocolate bar on very low heat on stovetop (after it just starts to melt, I add a lid and turn off the heat but keep the pan on the stovetop).
- While chocolate melts, option to create a “pastry bag” either by rolling up parchment paper or taking a small plastic baggie and making a small cut in the lower corner of the baggie
- Place strawberries in a single layer (but close to each other) on a baking sheet.
- Drizzle strawberries w/ melted chocolate (using baggie or parchment as described above, or simply drizzling straight from pot).
- Refrigerate to harden chocolate.
Tips for How to Drizzle Chocolate
Here are my best tips on how to drizzle chocolate:
- If you prefer a more uniform look, try the pastry bag method. Transfer your melted chocolate to a pastry bag with a fine tip and drizzle over your strawberries. If you don't have a pastry bag, simply cut a very small snip in the lower corner of a ziplock bag and use that. You can also use this very simple method of making a pastry bag out of parchment paper, which I prefer to using plastic. Don't worry about making your chocolate drizzled strawberries look perfect!
- If you don't care about your strawberries looking uniform, just drizzle straight from the pot! Or, use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate.
- Make sure your strawberries are close together on the baking pan so you don't lose too much chocolate.
- Try to work quickly so your chocolate doesn't harden as you go
How to Melt Chocolate for Strawberries
Melting chocolate too quickly impacts the texture and results in chocolate that is dull, rather than nice and shiny. A double boiler is an effective way to melt chocolate more gently, resulting in smooth, shiny melted chocolate. To melt chocolate in a double boiler, you'll put a bit of water in the bottom pot and the steam, rather than direct heat, will melt the chocolate in the top pot.
As I mentioned above, I just heat the chocolate on very low heat, turning the burner off as soon as it starts to melt.
Regardless of which method you choose, you'll want to be patient with this step for the best results for your chocolate strawberries.
How to Make Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
You can of course use this recipe to make chocolate dipped strawberries, rather than drizzled, if you prefer. After you've melted your chocolate, use tongs to dip each strawberry into the chocolate before placing on a parchment-lined baking sheet to cool.
I demonstrate this technique in this short video on chocolate-dipped fruit. As you'll see in the video, you can make all sorts of delicious chocolate dipped fruit so don't limit yourself to strawberries!
Can you make this chocolate strawberries recipe ahead of time?
Yes, you can make this chocolate strawberries recipe ahead, but the strawberries will be tastiest within a day or two of when you make them.
If you plan to serve with dinner, I recommend making your chocolate strawberries that morning. This will give them plenty of time to set, but they'll still be fresh. You can also make them the day before.
If you plan to keep your chocolate drizzled strawberries for more than a day, make sure to refrigerate them. Food52 recommends doing so by keeping your strawberries in a single layer on a baking sheet and wrapping with plastic wrap.
How to Keep Chocolate Covered Strawberries from Sweating
Have you ever made chocolate covered strawberries and noticed little water droplets on them when you went to eat one? That's condensation. The only way to really avoid that “sweating” is to store your chocolate strawberries on the counter, rather than in the fridge. After you've put them in the fridge to harden the chocolate, simply remove them and place on the counter, covering with plastic wrap. Of course, this means you'll need to eat them within a day or so.
If you do have leftover chocolate strawberries, store in the fridge after the first day. Place paper towels under the strawberries to absorb some of the moisture and minimize sweating.
Answers to Your Questions about Chocolate Drizzled Strawberries
How do you drizzle chocolate on strawberries?
Lay your strawberries in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Use a pastry bag to drizzle the chocolate on top.
Why won't chocolate stick to strawberries?
If you've just washed your strawberries, you may notice that the chocolate won't stick to them. Make sure your strawberries are totally dry before drizzling with or dipping in chocolate.
How long are chocolate covered strawberries good for?
Chocolate covered strawberries are best the same day, but will last for about two days.
What other fruit should I dip in chocolate?
So many choices! I love chocolate on oranges, bananas, pineapple slices, apricots…you can't go wrong!
I want more simple chocolate desserts!
You've come to the right place! Dark chocolate is one of my favorite treats and I love coming up with new ways to enjoy it. Here are a few of my favorite simple chocolate desserts:
This dairy free fudge uses coconut milk and almond butter for its creaminess. Sweetened with pure maple syrup, it's a healthy and simple chocolate dessert, perfect for bringing to a party or simply enjoying at home.
Despite its lovely appearance, this paleo & gluten free flourless chocolate cake calls for just 6 ingredients! And that's including the whipped cream topping. It doesn't get much simpler than that.
You can easily customize this simple chocolate dessert with any dried fruit and nuts you like. Pistachios and dried cherries, almonds and dried apricots…so many delicious combinations!