Ripe red strawberries and creamy white chocolate are an enchantingly indulgent combination. With this easy recipe, prepare a romantic surprise for a special someone or a delightful treat for friends and family.
Make life sweeter for those close to you with the delicious joy of white chocolate covered strawberries.
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- White chocolate chips
- Large, ripe strawberries
- Vegetable oil or shortening
- Milk or dark chocolate for melting
Vegetable oil or shortening: It thins the chocolate so it's easier to coat the berries smoothly. Choose an oil with a neutral flavor. Olive oil is not the best. Sunflower and canola oil are fine, or any simple vegetable oil or regular flavor shortening
Strawberries: Large, stemmed strawberries are enticing and dramatic when coated with with the chocolate, but any size strawberry will look great and taste fabulous.
Sprinkles: Pink, gold, and red decorating sugars are gorgeous on the creamy coating. You can also apply small festive candy balls. Chocolate or rainbow sprinkles look nice, too.
Melted milk or dark chocolate: To make chocolate swirls or streaks on the berries, you can use a tip of a knife or the tines of a fork. Dip them in the chocolate and drip onto the white chocolate coated berry.
- Double-boiler or heat-proof bowl set over a saucepan for melting the white chocolate
- Sheet pan for holding the decorated berries
- Wax paper or parchment for lining the sheet pan and as a work sheet for catching excess chocolate drip and stray decorations.
- Toothpicks, if necessary, to insert into strawberries so they can be dipped into the chocolate
Double-boiler: Because most are large, I like to use a medium-size heat-proof glass bowl set over a saucepan with a couple inches of simmering water to melt the white chocolate chips.
It's perfect because you can then dip the strawberries into the same bowl to coat them.
You can also use a microwave to melt the chocolate. Start with a minute and then stir. Continue to heat in 30-second intervals until the chips (with the oil) are melted and smooth. Note: I find this method is more trouble than using a bowl-over-saucepan.
Wax paper or parchment paper: For lining the tray and easy countertop cleanup. Once the white chocolate and decorations have hardened, the strawberries are easy to remove from either.
Put a some down on the countertop underneath your decorating area. It's easy to pick it up and throw away the mess made with decorations!
Toothpicks: Use these to hold strawberries that aren't long-stemmed when dipping into the melted white chocolate.
For quantities and complete instructions, view the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
How to make
Wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds before beginning.
Wash the strawberries and dry thoroughly.
Assemble a double-boiler on the stove and set heat to medium low, or use a heat-proof bowl set over saucepan.
Melt the white chocolate chips with a bit of vegetable oil or shortening, stirring occasionally. Be careful not to overheat the chips.
While the chips are melting, line a sheet pan with wax paper. Assemble any decorations that you plan to use and place them next to a sheet of wax paper on the counter that will catch any chocolate drips and excess sprinkles.
Using the stem of the strawberry or a toothpick inserted in the top, dip the berry half to three-quarters of the way into the melted white chocolate. Pull it out, twirling to let excess chocolate drip off.
Hold strawberry over wax paper sheet on the counter and decorate with sprinkles or a small bowl of melted dark or milk chocolate. Dip the tip of a knife into the melted chocolate and apply drips around the strawberry.
Place the strawberry on the sheet pan lined with wax paper or parchment.
Continue until all the strawberries are coated with chocolate and fancy trimmings.
Chocolate covered strawberries are best when eaten on the day they are made. Enjoy within 24-48 hours for optimal freshness.
❄️Refrigeration: Store the chocolate covered strawberries in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This is perishable fresh fruit, so cool temperatures help slow the ripening process of the berries and keep the chocolate from getting soft.
Layering: If you need to stack the strawberries (not recommended), place parchment or wax paper between the layers to prevent them from sticking together.
Freezing: Although some sources okay the freezing of chocolate covered strawberries, I would not do it. It's likely you'll end up with mushy berries and a mess.
🤩Tips for gorgeous berries
The strawberries should be as dry as possible before dipping into the melted chocolate. Moisture is the enemy of beautiful berries.
The best-looking and tasting berries should have chocolate covering a majority of the berry. Dip and swirl in the melted chocolate to cover at least three-quarters of the berry.
As you lift the berry out of the chocolate, twirl gently to let excess chocolate drip off. Start decorating once the chocolate no longer drips from the berry. (This takes patience!)⏲️
Hold it over a work plate or sheet of wax paper in case more drips happen and so that it catches sprinkles and decorations that fall off.
To speed the chocolate setting, place the tray of berries in the refrigerator. Once the coating has set, cover the tray loosely and completely with plastic wrap.
Are these berries healthy?
Although the strawberries are a great source of vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants, calling these berries a healthy treat would be a stretch!
Although white chocolate offers a few minerals, such as calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium as well as healthy fats, it is loaded with sugar and saturated fats, so the berries are an indulgence.
💝They are a wonderful treat for Valentine's Day or an anniversary, and they are a beautiful addition to a bridal dessert table. 👰🏽
Certainly, they are portion-controlled, so it's unlikely that they will wreak too much havoc. Enjoy in moderation as part of an overall healthy and varied diet.
White chocolate contains cocoa butter from cocoa beans, but no cocoa solids. It is made from cocoa butter, milk solids, sugar, cream, emulsifiers, and flavorings, like vanilla.
So, yes, since it is made from cocoa beans, it is chocolate.
It's possible, but much less likely because of the high cocoa butter content. That said, keep the heat fairly low while melting and do not stir too briskly.
Although the berries will look prettier if decorations are applied while the white chocolate coating is still soft, extra chocolate can be applied after the first coat is dry.
Sugar, sprinkles, tiny candies, and chopped nuts will not stick to the berry unless you apply while the coating is wet.
It's best to make them on the day they will be eaten, but with refrigeration, they will last for another day or two. See the section on storage above for more information on how to keep them fresh.
Yes! Strawberries pair well with any type of chocolate. Check out this recipe and video for dark chocolate covered strawberries.
If offering these berries as a Valentine or anniversary bonbon, you could place them on small beautiful plate (Champagne optional!) and enjoy them as an encore to dinner.
As a sweet gift for friends and family, they look lovely in small boxes/containers, with red or pink tissue paper.
Make a batch of them for a Valentine's party. You'll be much-loved for this!
White chocolate strawberries look and taste terrific at weddings. The possibilities are endless here:
- Use them as a festive edible decoration on guest tables.
- Place them in clusters or scattered throughout a dessert buffet.
- Offer them individually in containers as a sweet take-home remembrance of the big event.
Other recipes for chocolate treats...
If you want to minimize baking time, try this No Bake Chocolate Pie. It's creamy and delicious. Use a pre-bought graham or nut crust to shave some time off the prep!
These Triple Chocolate Muffins are practically death by chocolate and guaranteed to brighten your mood!
If you're looking for a quick and easy dessert fix for one or two, try this Chocolate Chip Cake in a Mug. It's a fun microwave dessert that's portion-controlled!
White Chocolate Strawberries
- Double boiler, or heat-proof glass bowl set over a small saucepan
- toothpicks, to hold strawberries if they do not have long stems
- wax paper or parchment
- 1 11-ounce package white chocolate chips, good quality, such as Ghiradelli or Guittard
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil, with a neutral flavor
- 1 pound strawberries, fresh
- 2 Tablespoons decorating sugar, pink, gold, red, silver
- 2 Tablespoons chocolate sprinkles
- 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
- Wash hands, rubbing vigorously for 20 seconds with soap and water, before beginning strawberry prep.
- Wash and dry strawberries. Make sure they are very dry.
- Place white chocolate chips and oil in a double-boiler or a heat-proof glass bowl set over a saucepan with about 2 inches of water in it. Place the pan and bowl or double-boiler over medium-low heat so it comes to a simmer.Melt the white chocolate stirring frequently and gently.
- When the chocolate is just melted, remove from heat and set the top of the double-boiler or the bowl next to the dry strawberries.Dip each strawberry into the chocolate, twirling so that the berry is about three-quarters covered in white chocolate.Lift the berry out of chocolate and twirl a little more to help any excess chocolate drip off.
- Decorate the berry while still wet with colored sugar, sprinkles, or melted semi-sweet chocolate dripped on with a knife tip or fork.Place a sheet of wax paper or parchment under the decorating area to catch stray sprinkles, sugar, and chocolate drips.
- Place the decorated berry on a baking sheet lined with wax paper to let the chocolate harden. (It won't take long!)
- Refrigerate once the chocolate has set to help the berries stay fresh. Loosely cover the tray with a couple layers of plastic or transfer the berries to an airtight container.
- Enjoy within 48 hours!
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