You can buy chocolate covered strawberries from the store for about $3 a piece, or you could make your own POUND of chocolate covered strawberries for around $8 (strawberries were on sale at my store this week). And it takes about 10 minutes. So… I feel like it’s clear which of the two you should do.
Start with a bag or bar of good chocolate chips (I have Ghiradelli ones here). Also, use good strawberries- we had a two pound box from Costco but those weren’t as yummy as the one pounder from the regular store (though they were prettier and larger). I followed the instructions on the bag for how to melt chocolate in the microwave. I actually prefer this to the double boiler stovetop method because you won’t accidentally get any water in them, which would cause the chocolate to seize up.
Dump a bunch of chopped up chocolate or chips into a bowl, and microwave at 50% power for a minute and a half. While that’s going, wash your strawberries and dry them.
When the chocolate comes out it won’t be melted yet, just melting. Stir it vigorously for a minute or so, then pop it back in the microwave at 50% power for another 30 seconds. Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. Once the chocolate pops out, stir, stir, stir until it’s perfectly smooth (really, try to get all the lumps out).
Then take your beautiful dry strawberries and dip them in the smooth chocolate, twirling when you pull them out so you don’t get the chocolate tail.
Alternatively you can hold them upside down if the twirling isn’t your speed, and they’ll absorb their tails.
So far we’ve spent 2 minutes total microwaving, 1 minute or so stirring, and 2-3 minutes dipping.
You might be happy with them like this and be done! I like the look of the drizzled white chocolate, so I broke up half a bar of white chocolate and microwaved it for a minute at 50% power, stirred, and microwaved again for another 30 seconds.
Use a fork for this part! Then drizzle the white chocolate over the strawberries (the chocolate coating sets very quickly).
You can go pretty crazy on the drizzling and they’ll still end up looking awesome.
.Let the berries sit while you clean your two bowls and spoon and fork. Ten minutes! Ta-da! They look even fancier if you put them on a plate.
Chocolate covered strawberries
One pound strawberries (actually I ate a few so there’s less than a pound here)
Half a bar of white chocolate
A bar of dark/bittersweet/milk/your choice chocolate or 1.5 c of chocolate chips
- Break up the chocolate bar into small pieces into a microwave safe bowl, then microwave for 1.5 minutes at 50% power. Wash and dry strawberries.
- Stir chocolate vigorously until the bowl no longer feels warm. Microwave for 30 more seconds at 50% power. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Stir chocolate vigorously until smooth. If it’s still chunky, microwave for another 30 seconds and do it again.
- Dip strawberries into chocolate and twirl as you pull them out. Lay on the baking sheet.
- Do steps 1-3 again but for the white chocolate, and use a fork.
- Use the fork to drizzle white chocolate over the strawberries.