Chocolate Dipped Strawberries are the perfect Valentine's Day Dessert!

I love celebrating Valentine’s Day. I don’t think it needs to be a big ordeal involving gifts and cards. It doesn’t even have to involve going out to dinner. In fact, my favorite way to enjoy the holiday is by having a quiet, romantic dinner for two at home. Nothing overly heavy, just small bites that are full of flavors.

Of course, the dessert must include chocolate. 

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries are the perfect Valentine's Day Dessert!

To me, chocolate is the foundation for any romantic dessert and one of my favorite ways to eat is simply paired with fresh strawberries. They can be enjoyed fondue style, but that involves a bit of work before serving (and possibly a fondue pot). Classic chocolate dipped strawberries are even better because you can prepare them in advance and keep them chilled until it’s time for dessert. They’re sweet, light and fresh. A perfect romantic dessert for Valentine’s Day.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries are the perfect Valentine's Day Dessert!

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
 
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Serves: 2-4 servings
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces California Strawberries
  • 4 ounces high quality bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 4 ounces high quality white chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus more as needed
  • optional: ¼ cup sweetened coconut flakes, toasted
  • optional: ¼ cup hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
Instructions
  1. Wash and thoroughly dry the strawberries. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and set aside.
  2. Heat the bittersweet chocolate and ½ tablespoon butter together in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water and stir until smooth.
  3. One at a time, dip the strawberries into the chocolate, turning the berries to make sure they’re evenly coated (I like to leave a hint of red at the top). Gently shake the excess chocolate back into the bowl. If using, dip the tip of the strawberry into either the toasted coconut or nuts. Place the strawberry on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat this process with half of the remaining strawberries.
  4. Heat the white chocolate and ½ tablespoon butter together in a separate heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water and stir until smooth. The white chocolate might not thin out as much as the bittersweet chocolate. If needed, add up to an additional tablespoon of butter. Repeat the chocolate dipping process with the remaining strawberries and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator and chill until the chocolate sets, approximately 30 minutes.
Notes
Feel free to substitute semi-sweet or milk chocolate for the bittersweet chocolate! Other nuts may be substituted for hazelnuts.

 

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries are the perfect Valentine's Day Dessert!

Disclaimer: I was paid to develop a recipe for California Strawberries in conjunction with their 4th Annual Most Romantic Strawberry Recipe Photo Contest. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Comments

  1. Michael and I LOOOOVE chocolate covered strawberries!! I should make us some for Valentine’s :) awesome idea!

  2. Now how am I supposed to top this pic, Jen? Not fair… not fair… ;)
    Love this idea and the theme of the contest! Sharing!

  3. These look terrific. They look super luxurious. Would you sen me some? :-)

  4. I’m not entering! Because if you don’t win with that sexy shot of the strawberry dipped in chocolate, no one should! :) Seriously…that is pure gorgeousness!

  5. Nothing beats a sweet chocolate dipped strawberry, so simple yet so good! Beautiful pictures!

  6. Stunning pictures! I want a few of these beautiful strawberries right now!

  7. These photos are gorgeous Jennifer!! Nice work!

  8. Those strawberries are too gorgeous to eat.

  9. Chocolate covered strawberries are one of my favorite desserts. Yours look gorgeous.

  10. Chocolate covered strawberries never get old. So elegant and beautiful!

  11. oh my gawd, LOVE!!! beautiful! I always love your photos!

    we also usually do the dinner at home too. . it honestly hasn’t been “romantic” since the kids were born :) but this year we are planning a group date night (sans kids) for V-day. . very excited!

  12. I adore chocolate dipped strawberries but somehow always forget how easy and fun they are to make at home. Yours look gorgeous!!

  13. This is definitely the perfect Valentines Day dessert. Classic and beautiful :)

  14. So simple and yet such a beautiful dessert idea! Will definitely be using this!

  15. These are the most gorgeous strawberries ever. My eyes are still adjusting to the photos! Love the addition of coconut; genius!

  16. That photo of the chocolate running off the strawberry is incredible!

  17. Beautiful strawberries, I love the coconut and hazelnut!

  18. I’m in… but do I have to share them?

  19. Love the photo!

  20. Thanks for this recipe, and I have to say, you have the most GORGEOUS photos! Question: after placing the first batch of dipped strawberries on the cooking sheet, should I put those into the fridge immediately? Or can they wait around while I do the batch with white chocolate? Thanks in advance!

  21. Gorgeous! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more tempting strawberry before!

  22. Such a delicious, easy to make, fresh dessert!

  23. Kathy H. says:

    Nothing better than a chocolate dipped strawberry – and these look divine!

  24. April Crisafulli says:

    My kids don’t really like sweets (seriously lol) but they love fruit! They would inhale these!

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