How to Make Hand-Dipped Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Paul enjoys easy recipes that deliver gourmet-quality food. He's also a barbecue enthusiast.

Strawberries dipped in milk chocolate

Strawberries dipped in milk chocolate

Perfect for Valentine's Day, My Chocolate Strawberry Story

I have three daughters that are now four, six, and nine. Two of them love sweets and the third likes the idea of them, but she doesn't eat that much. I wanted to do something for Valentine's Day that was homemade, but still in the spirit. So, I dropped by Whole Foods on my way home from work and picked up some fresh strawberries and a piece of their baking milk chocolate. My girls prefer milk chocolate, but adults may prefer dark. I've never made them before, but it was so easy and they were sooooo happy in the morning. It was well worth the little effort.

Paul's Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Fresh Strawberries

Fresh Strawberries

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

9 min

19 min

Serves four people one to two strawberries

Milk Chocolate chopped into squares

Milk Chocolate chopped into squares

Chocolate Covered Strawberries Ingredients

  • 1 Basket Fresh Strawberries, Strawberries come fresh in small baskets at the grocery store
  • 1/2 pound Milk Chocolate, Substitute dark chocolate if you prefer

Picture of Double Boiler

A double boiler has a pot on the bottom with the boiling water and a pot on top to hold the ingredients.  The point of the double boiler is to avoid direct heat.

A double boiler has a pot on the bottom with the boiling water and a pot on top to hold the ingredients. The point of the double boiler is to avoid direct heat.

Cooking instructions for Chocolate Covered Strawberries

  1. Prepare the strawberries for dipping by washing them under cool water and letting them dry. Make sure that the strawberries are completely dry before dipping in the chocolate. Even small amounts of water can ruin the consistency of melted chocolate.
  2. Place a piece of wax paper down on a tray or cookie sheet to place the strawberries once they are dipped in chocolate.
  3. Using a double boiler for melting the chocolate, bring the water to a gentle boil without the top pan. Turn off the heat and place the double boiler on top. Make sure the water level is below the bottom of the top pot. The steam will be plenty hot enough to melt the chocolate.
  4. Cut the chocolate into equal sized chunks and place the chocolate in the top of the double boiler. As the edges of the chocolate begin to melt, stir continuously. Continue to stir while the strawberries are dipped. This is very important. If the texture becomes gritty, the chocolate may have lost its temper. This is usually caused by getting the chocolate too hot. It's better to slowly melt the chocolate. Also, chocolate can burn in a double boiler. The key is to keep stirring with the steam keeping the pot warm and to work quickly.
  5. While stirring the chocolate, hold the stem of the strawberry and dip it into the melted chocolate.
  6. Place the dipped strawberry on the wax paper. Once all the strawberries have been dipped, place in the refrigerator to cool for 20 minutes. If the strawberries are going to be stored overnight, place them in a plastic covered container in the fruit compartment of the refrigerator.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Plate

Freshly hand-dipped chocolate strawberries

Freshly hand-dipped chocolate strawberries

Chocolate strawberries arranged in a spiral on a plate for presentation

Chocolate strawberries arranged in a spiral on a plate for presentation


Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on August 19, 2013:


These chocolate covered strawberries look delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

- Journey *

idigwebsites from United States on March 04, 2013:

I think I would do milk, dark or even white chocolate strawberries. Thanks for sharing -- I found out that it's actually very simple! Voted up, useful and shared. :)

newusedcarssacram from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A on March 04, 2013:

Chocolate covered strawberries are my favorite for years. I love dark chocolate covered strawberries. Thanks a lot for sharing the recipe.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on March 04, 2013:

How sweet to make chocolate covered strawberries for your girls! Your photos are great and now I feel inspired to try this for our upcoming wedding anniversary. Voted up across the board and pinned. Thanks!

Paul Edmondson (author) from Burlingame, CA on March 03, 2013:

Thanks for pinning it!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on March 03, 2013:

Looks so yummy! Chocolate and strawberries . . . . a winning combination in my book! Your photos are excellent, really clear. The main one is so appealing I am pinning this. Voted up, useful and shared!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 03, 2013:

I am chocolate lovers and I love the recipe here. It sound easy to make it. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!


Paul Edmondson (author) from Burlingame, CA on March 03, 2013:

I'm hoping that I can learn to take the kinds of photos that people like to pin:)

summerberrie on March 03, 2013:

I'd thought I'd share this to help it along as a thank you for extending the time period for new hubs to gain engagement :)

Paul Edmondson (author) from Burlingame, CA on February 14, 2013:

I just updated this with pictures from last nights effort. It's becoming a tradition to make these for the girls on Valentine's Day.

danielabram on August 06, 2012:

Delicious and nutritious! Great hub.

Cassandra Mantis from UK and Nerujenia on May 03, 2012:

This design looks awesome. I have no problem with this layout! Google Plus never or seldom got clicked, so good riddance to it and great that Pinterest is popular now.

I have a sudden urge to go and eat chocolate! LOL!

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on May 03, 2012:

I bet your girls loved this! The layout and new design look great here, by the way. I'm also now craving strawberries with chocolate. What girl doesn't like a good chocolate-covered strawberry? Haha, I guess I just have a sweet, sweet tooth. :)

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on May 03, 2012:

Awww - what a great dad! I'm a milk chocolate fan, too, and these indeed look heavenly. They also look easy to make - I've been intimidated by the idea of dipping my own berries, but I will have to try it now!

Julianna from SomeWhere Out There on May 02, 2012:

Those look scrumptious!

Back to the Chocolate covered strawberries, thank you so much for the recipe! I shared. :)

Eric Calderwood from USA on April 30, 2012:

It looks like hard work to me, but I'll take your word for it that it was easy. They look tasty! How about this: you make them, I'll wash the dishes, and we'll split them 50/50.

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on April 29, 2012:

I love chocolate-covered strawberries, but I love the story of how you made them for Valentine's Day for your three daughters even more!

Felina Margetty from New York, New York on April 23, 2012:

Nice hub Paul, but you have forgotten the Champagne! Verve, Pol Roger, any of the Frenchies are better than anything we produce in America, sad but true. You can taste the flavour of the dirt. Same goes for Strawberries from California, the dirt makes em great!.They are better than anywhere in the world. Chocolate is another story. I have a black belt in all things chocolate you get a thumbs up with this recipe. Chocolate dipped Strawberries & Champagne are gifts from the heavens. Voted up Cheers F.

des donnelly from Co Tyrone.... on April 20, 2012:

I was reading this lovely Hub and it reminded me of great times with my own daughters years ago and so the words of this poem occurred to me :-)


jenubouka on April 18, 2012:

A classic dessert for V-day, wonderful pics! I love making this quick sweet treat all year long.

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on April 18, 2012:

I don't think I've ever had a chocolate covered strawberry before. This needs to be rectified. Thanks for the inspiration!

penlady from Sacramento, CA on April 18, 2012:

Wonderful recipe. Nothing beats making something yourself versus buying it. Thanks for the recipe.

Joanie Ruppel from Texas on April 18, 2012:

Nice job! I prefer the dark chocolate also. Strawberries and dark chocolate contain flavonoids so you get a double dose if you use dark!

starlynn1214 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 17, 2012:

That's a really sweet idea! I've made the chocolate covered strawberries for Christmas parties....to get that professional look to the chocolate, I melted my chocolate in the microwave...I added a small(maybe 1/2 teaspoon of shortening) to the chocolate when I melted it down. This trick made the chocolate velvety smooth, without the lumps.I made sure that the strawberries were dry(this ensures that the chocolate adheres to the strawberries)..this reduces the risk of "chocolate slippage" :-) Before I refridgerated the berries, I sprinkled the Christmas color mix of red, green and white jimmies on them. I also, for some of the other berries, for added interest, sprinkled sanding sugar..the kind of sugar typically used on cakes and cupcakes, lightly on the berries for a Christmas shimmer! I then placed the "decorated" strawberries on a waxpaper lined cookie sheet and popped them into the fridge to set. These made a beautiful display right on the platter of decorated Christmas cookies and were "ooo'ed and ahhh'ed" when I gave them as hostess gifts when I was invited to a Christmas party and was told I need'nt bring anything!

Lela Bryan from Alameda, CA on April 17, 2012:

You could put it in a fondue pot and have a party too!

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on April 17, 2012:

I would opt for the dark chocolate but being a chocoholic myself I would still enjoy the milk chocolate. This looks pretty yummy. Who can resist such a delite!

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