These Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries are incredibly easy to make and only require two ingredients! They’re the ultimate romantic dessert, plus they’re gluten-free and vegan!
I’ve been making dark chocolate covered strawberries for Travis for years now. He doesn’t like most desserts (I. KNOW. Insanity!), but he does love strawberries, so these have always been a guaranteed win for him.
I love Chocolate Covered Strawberries because are a relatively healthy dessert and this version is made with just TWO ingredients, so they come together in no time! They’re perfect for Valentine’s Day, a romantic date night or really any occasion when you want an easy, sweet treat.
The biggest trick to perfecting this recipe is how you melt the chocolate. You cannot just throw chocolate chips in the microwave and hope for the best. Melted chocolate turns out best when you use a double boiler.
The purpose of a double boiler is to melt chocolate slowly without burning it. If you melt it too quickly (i.e. in the microwave or directly in a pot on the stove) then you will run the risk burning the chocolate. With a double boiler, you essentially steam the chocolate and allow it to slowly melt.
Now, if you’re anything like me and simply do not have room for another pot/pan/kitchen appliance, in my opinion, it’s not really worth investing in a double boiler. Try my nifty make-shift double boiler technique instead and you’ll end up with perfectly melted chocolate every time:
First, find a small sauce pan and a glass dish. The base of the glass dish must be large enough to SIT ON TOP of the sauce pan without falling in. Fill the sauce pan with 2 inches of water, place it on the stove and bring the water to a boil.
Once the water boils, turn it down to a simmer and place the glass dish on top of the sauce pan. Put the chocolate in the glass dish and stir the chocolate constantly until it is melted.
Constant stirring ensures that the chocolate closest to the bottom of the dish does not burn. Your goal is velvety-smooth chocolate.
Once the chocolate is melted and smooth, remove it from the heat immediately. You must move quickly here because you cannot let the chocolate harden, which will happen if you allow it to sit for awhile untouched.
Next, pick up your washed strawberries by their stems. Dip them in the chocolate, twisting in a circle as you remove them to ensure that the chocolate coats all the way around the strawberry. Lay the dipped strawberries on a large plate or dish lined with wax paper.
Give the dark chocolate covered strawberries about 30 minutes to harden and then refrigerate them until you’re ready to eat! (Although good luck waiting that long…)
Make these chocolate covered strawberries for someone special or just for yourself! You deserve ’em.
These Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries are incredibly easy to make and only require two ingredients! They're the ultimate romantic dessert, plus they're gluten-free and vegan!
- 20-25 medium Strawberries washed and dried
- 1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Chips or 1 bar of good quality dark chocolate
Wash the strawberries and thoroughly dry them with a paper towel. The chocolate won't stick to the strawberries if they are wet. Put the strawberries aside.
Using a double boiler (or see blog post for alternative), melt the chocolate until it's smooth and velvety, stirring constantly. Immediately remove the chocolate from the double boiler.
Pick the strawberries up by their stems and dip them in the melted chocolate, twisting as you remove them to ensure the chocolate coats all sides. Place the dipped strawberries on a large plate lined with wax paper. Allow the strawberries to cool and harden for 30 minutes. Store in the refrigerator.
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I loooove chocolate coated strawberries, they are the perfect balance of healthy and indulgent. Yum!
Dearna, I agree!
Chocolate-covered ANYTHING is my favorite, and strawberries are definitely up there. Thanks for the method for double-boiling. I usually cheat and YES–do burn my chocolate, or otherwise have to take out my massive fondue-maker (which I foolishly decided was important enough to take up two square feet of space in my tiny apartment hahah… #priorities ).
Beautiful photos, too!
HAH! I know what you mean about tiny kitchens and big appliances!
Christine @ Cooking with Cakes
these strawberries look beautiful!!! seriously craving them right now 🙂
Thanks, Christine! They are so easy you should make some for Dave!
I’ve been wanting to try to make chocolate covered strawberries for ages, but always thought it would be a mess. Thank you so much for taking me through all the steps!
They’re surprisingly so easy! Good luck!