I made the chocolate dipped strawberries for a small wedding. They were prepared in the morning and by the time they were served the green leaf tops was drying up. Everyone still loved them and used the stems to hold them with. The berries were very sweet and large. They are fun to make and easy to do. You don’t have to be an experienced decorator or candy maker to do this. They still look wonderful if your decoration is not perfect. This make a nice healthy snack for the kids.
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
- Almond candy coating or candy melts in white and milk chocolate
- Fresh strawberries that are large
- 1 or 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- sprinkles, chopped nuts or coconut (optional)
Wash the strawberries and let them dry on a plate. Leave the top leaf on the berries. Prepare a cookie sheet with wax paper or parchment paper. The berries need to be dry so the chocolate will stick.
In a double boiler bring water in the bottom pan to a gentle boil. Make sure that the water does not touch the bottom of the top pan. This is important to keep the candy from burning, also don’t splash water or use a wet spoon in the candy melts.
First put the coconut oil in the double boiler and add chopped candy melts. Stir while the candy melts. The coconut will make the chocolate shiny and a nice consistency to dip. If you are only doing a small batch use 1 tablespoon. You will need more oil for a larger batch.
When the candy is melted and smooth, hold the strawberry by the leaf stem. Dip berry into chocolate and roll to cover. Leave some space bare on the top quarter of the berry and only cover part of berry. Gently shake the berry to remove some of the extra chocolate from the berry. Place on tray that has wax or parchment paper. You can roll in nuts or sprinkles before place on paper. If decorating with contrasting candy melts, you can dip all the berries first. Put some melted candy in a baggie and cut a tiny corner off to squeeze the candy out while dribbling on the dipped berries.
Chill until candy is set. Best served right away.