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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  • http://www.cookingactress.com/ Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

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

  • http://www.crunchycreamysweet.com Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet

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

  • http://www.eatgood4life.com eat good 4 life

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

  • http://www.tasteloveandnourish.com Caroline

    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!

  • http://www.reciperunner.com Danae @ reciperunner

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

  • Paula – bell’alimento

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

  • http://www.cookingclassy.com Jaclyn

    These photos are gorgeous Jennifer!! Nice work!

  • http://allspiceandnutmeg.com Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg

    Those strawberries are too gorgeous to eat.

  • http://www.barbarabakes.com Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

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

  • http://www.fifteenspatulas.com/ Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas

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

  • http://hipfoodiemom.com Alice // Hip Foodie Mom

    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!

  • http://www.thewickednoodle.com/ kristy @ the wicked noodle

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

  • http://virtuallyhomemade.com Liz@Virtually Homemade

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

  • http://scrummylane.com Helen @ Scrummy Lane

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

  • http://www.thesweet-toothlife.blogspot.com Mary Frances

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

  • http://www.bake-online.co.uk Jenny @ BAKE

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

  • http://tutti-dolci.com Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    Beautiful strawberries, I love the coconut and hazelnut!

  • http://peanutbutterandonion.wordpress.com/ Tracy | Peanutbutter and Onion

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

  • Gigi

    Love the photo!

  • Jen

    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!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Hi Jen! You can wait until they are all done to chill the berries.

  • http://poetinthepantry.com Carrie @ poet in the pantry

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

  • jen w.

    Such a delicious, easy to make, fresh dessert!

  • Kathy H.

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

  • April Crisafulli

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