These homemade pink and white chocolate covered strawberries are the perfect Valentine’s day strawberries!
Dipping strawberries in chocolate is such a simple and fun dessert to make. We’re all used to regular or dark chocolate strawberries but these pink and white chocolate strawberries are perfect for so many occasions, such as Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Mother’s day.
Not only that, but you can adjust the colors and decorations to fit any occasions. Try making red, white, and blue strawberries for 4th of July. You can even make Halloween chocolate covered strawberries using the same method.
The decorating possibilities are endless, which is why these chocolate dipped strawberries are so great for decorating cakes, adding to dessert tables and dessert boards, and why they make such wonderful gifts.
Ingredients and Tools
For these white and pink chocolate covered strawberries, I recommend using candy melts, which are melting candy wafers that look taste very similar to white chocolate. They come in many different colors and you can combine them for an endless variety of color options. Candy melts are often used for covering desserts such as cake pops, cakesicles, and they can also be used for the chocolate ganache drips on drip cakes.
I personally prefer them over chocolate chips because you don’t need to temper the chocolate and they stay firm and crisp, keeping the candy coated desserts perfect for gifting. Common brands include Ghirardelli, Wilton, and Sweet Tooth Fairy.
- Styrofoam Board or Parchment Paper: to lay or place the strawberries to dry.
- Toothpicks: to place into the end of the strawberry to make it easier to dip in chocolate.
- Decorations: optional – such as sprinkles, edible glitter, luster dust, luster spray, crushed cookies, candy, etc.
- Pastry Bags: optional – to drizzle more melted chocolate over the chocolate covered berries .
How to Make
Step 1: Prep
- Wash and thoroughly dry the strawberries. Any excess moisture can cause the chocolate to get grainy.
- Insert a toothpicks into the back of the strawberries so they are easy to dip into the melted chocolate.
- Then, heat the chocolate according to directions on the package. If needed, add a bit of shortening or coconut oil to get the chocolate to the right dipping consistency.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat for drying. You can also use a styrofoam board to dry the berries.
Step 2: Dip Strawberries
- Holding on to the toothpick and stem, dip the strawberries in the chocolate, allowing excess chocolate to drip off or wipe off on the edges of the bowl.
- After dipping, gently shake the strawberry to even the chocolate and reincorporate any edges.
- If adding sprinkles or other topping, add now while the chocolate is melted.
Step 3: Let Dry
- Either place the chocolate strawberries on parchment paper or put the end of the toothpick into a styrofoam board to allow the strawberries to dry upside down.
Now comes the fun part, decorating the white and pink strawberries!
Just remember that for anything that needs to stick to the chocolate coated strawberries (other than more melted chocolate), it must be added when the chocolate is still wet. You can try adding:
- White, Pink, and Rose Gold Sprinkles
- Edible Glitter
- Crushed up foods like candy, cookies, pretzels and nuts
Once the chocolate has dried, here a few really simple ways to decorate the dried white dipped strawberries:
- Use Edible Luster Spray
- Paint or rub on Edible Luster Dust
- Drizzle more melted chocolate. You can use a spoon to drizzle or a pastry bag, or even a ziplock bag with the tip cut off.
How to I get the right dipping consistency?
Getting the right consistency for dipping chocolate strawberries can be tough. That is why candy melts are so great, they are often the perfect dipping consistency once melted.
The main way to keep the correct consistency is not to overheat the chocolate or candy melts. If it gets overheated it will get thicker and then doesn’t incorporate properly. You can do this by following the instructions on the package and if using a microwave to melt, never heat on full power.
If you do overheat the mixture, you can thin it out by adding a bit of vegetable shortening or coconut oil 1/4 teaspoon at a time and mixing until combined.
The chocolate should be thick enough that it covers the strawberries without being too drippy, but thin enough that when I tip the strawberry upside down the drips re-incorporate. I normally test a few strawberries to get it right:
Why is my chocolate grainy?
There are few reasons candy melts can get grainy:
- Liquid. If the strawberries are not dry enough they can get the chocolate rainy or cause it to size up
- Adding Food coloring. If you want to dye the white chocolate, you must use candy colors not regular food coloring. Candy colors are oil base food coloring that is safe for coloring candy melts and chocolate and won’t cause it to seize up.
When to make
I personally think these are the perfect Valentine’s Day Chocolate Covered Strawberries. But, these pink and white strawberries are a great gift for many other holidays and occasions such as:
- Mother’s Day
- Bachelorette Parties
- Birthday Parties
- Baby Showers
- Bridal Showers
- New Year’s Eve
Gifting and Making Ahead
These are best the day they are made. They will last about 12 hours at room temperate out or 1-2 days in the fridge. After 12-24 hours in the refrigerator they can start to leak or weep strawberry juice but they still taste fine.
But if making ahead, you can freeze them until ready to serve or gift! Simply place the dried chocolate dipped berries on a parchment lined baking sheet, making sure they are not touching. Freeze for at least three hours until solid. Then carefully place in a container and continue freezing until ready to serve.
Want more chocolate covered desserts?
Pink and White Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- Styrofoam Board or Parchment Paper
- Bowl for Melting Chocolate
- Decorations such as sprinkles, edible glitter, edible luster spray, crushed candy, etc., optional
- Strawberries washed and dried
- Chocolate Candy Melts pink and white
- Vegetable shortening optional
- Wash and thoroughly dry your strawberries. They must be completely dry before you dip them in chocolate.
- Put toothpicks in the end of the strawberries. Lightly pull the stems back toward the toothpick so they don't get into the chocolate.
- Melt your chocolate according to directions.
- Holding on to the toothpick, drip the strawberries in the chocolate, allowing excess chocolate to drip off or wipe off on the edges of the bowl.
- If adding sprinkles or other topping, add now while the chocolate is melted.
- Either place the berry on parchment paper or put the end of the toothpick into the styrofoam to allow the strawberries to dry upside down.
- Once dry you can continue to decorate with edible luster spray or edible luster dust. You can also add a different colored melted chocolate to a pastry bag and drizzle over the dried strawberries.
- Once completely dry, remove the toothpicks and enjoy.
- Do not add liquid or gel food coloring to white chocolate or it will seize up and get grainy. If you want your strawberries a specific color be sure to buy chocolate melts in that color or use candy colors, which are oil based.
- Your strawberries must be completely dry before you dip them in chocolate. If there is any water it could cause the chocolate to seize. Plus, the chocolate will not stay as well on the strawberries.
- Depending on what type of chocolate you use, you might need to thin it to a dipping consistency, by adding shortening 1/4 teaspoon at a time and mixing until combined.
- If you don’t want to bother using toothpicks and buying a styrofoam board, you can place the covered strawberries directly on parchment paper, wax paper, or a silicone mat to dry.
- For anything that needs to stick to the chocolate such as glitter, cookies, and candy, make sure to put it on the chocolate when it is wet.
- These are best the day they are made. But, they will last about 12 hours at room temperate out or 1-2 days in the fridge, although after 12-24 hours they can start to leak strawberry juice (but still taste fine).