These holiday chocolate covered strawberries are a fun and simple dessert for any special occasion! Using white and dark chocolate candy melts, sprinkles, and other fun edible decorations, this tutorial shows you how to make your own holiday chocolate covered strawberries, perfect for parties or a fun gift!
With a few simple tips and tricks you can master these decorated strawberries and impress all your friends and family at your next holiday party. If you haven’t check out my post on white chocolate chocolate covered strawberries, check it out here! All the same tips and tricks and apply.
Decorating Holiday Chocolate Covered Strawberries
For all decorated chocolate covered strawberries you’ll need the following:
Tipless Piping Bags or Ziplock Bags
Parchment or Wax Paper
Sprinkles and decorations
Styrofoam board (optional)
Paint Brush (optional)
Scribe Decorating Tool (optional)
Tips for holiday chocolate covered strawberries:
- You can not add regular food coloring or gel food coloring to white chocolate melts or it will get grainy. You must use the candy melts in the colors you need them or you can use white candy melts with candy colors, which are oil based food coloring and won’t cause the chocolate to seize.
- Make sure your strawberries are completely dry before you dip them. If there is water the chocolate will not stick as well.
- After you dip the strawberries, turn them upside down and gently shake them to make sure the strawberries are evenly covered and there are no bumps or drips.
- Work slow -you can always remelt the chocolate as it hardens.
- For anything that needs to stick to the chocolate, like sprinkles, you must add it when the chocolate is wet or add a bit more melted chocolate as decorations will not stick as the chocolate starts to hardened.
- I prefer to pour my sprinkles onto wet chocolate, over a piece of parchment paper. Then, it’s really easy to reuse the extra sprinkles, by pouring them from the parchment paper into a bowl or back into the container.
- While I use a styrofoam board to dry the strawberries, you can also place them on a clean piece of parchment paper, wax paper, or a silicone mat to dry.
- If dripping on different colors or adding different colors of sprinkles, make sure to let the chocolate dry completely between colors and wiping off any sprinkles.
- I like to use a paint brush to wipe away the excess sprinkles but you can use any similar tool or even your hand.
Onto the fun part. The holiday strawberries!
Halloween Chocolate Covered Strawberries
For these strawberries, I did solid and line sprinkles, mummies, blood drips, jack-o-lanterns and ghosts. I personally think the mummies are the cutest the easiest to make and the ghost and pumpkin faces were the most precise and took some practice. I recommend practicing on a piece of parchment paper or other flat surface until you’ve got the hang of it and have some faces you like, then move on to decorating the actual strawberries. It helps to use very warm black chocolate and then use a scribe or toothpick to move it exactly where you want. This helps create sharp edges and fine detail. If you’ve ever decorated sugar cookies with royal icing, this is a common technique.
Ingredients and Decorations:
Chocolate Melts – White, Red, Orange, Black
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Holiday Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- Chocolate Candy Melts
- Vegetable shortening or coconut oil
- Tipless Pastry Bags or Ziplock Bags
- Parchment or Wax Paper
- Sprinkles and Decorations
- Styrofoam Board optional
- Paint Brush optional
- Scribe Decorating Tool optional
CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES
- Wash and dry your strawberries. Make sure they are completely dry before you dip them as wet strawberries will not hold the chocolate as well.
- Put toothpicks in the end of your strawberries and gently pull the stems back towards to the toothpicks, to keep them out of the chocolate.
- Melt your chocolate melts according the instructions on the package.
- After you’ve melted them, add a tiny bit of coconut oil or vegetable shortening. I find about ½-1 tsp per ½ cup of candy melts. But, it can vary depending on the brand and even color, so test out a few strawberries to get the right consistency (chocolate that covers the strawberries without being too drippy or too firm that it has bumps).
- Holding the toothpick, dip the strawberries in the chocolate, and roll around to get the entire strawberry covered.
- After you’ve dipped the strawberry, turn it upside down and gently sake and turn to evenly coat the strawberry with chocolate.
- Once it’s covered, place onto a styrofoam board or onto a piece of parchment or wax paper to dry.
Full Sprinkle Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- Immediately after you’ve dipped the strawberry in chocolate, pour sprinkles on top of the strawberry while holding it slightly above a piece of parchment paper. Turn the strawberry around as you pour to evenly cover in sprinkles.
- This makes it easy to reuse the sprinkles by using the parchment to put them back in a bowl or container.
- Place the sprinkle covered strawberry in the styrofoam or onto a clean piece of parchment paper to dry.
Lines and Sprinkled Covered Lined Strawberries
- Let the base chocolate covered strawberries dry completely
- Put the second color into a tipless pastry bag and cut off a tiny piece of the tip
- The size cut off will determine how large the lines are on your strawberry.
- Gently drip the chocolate back and forth over the strawberry
- If adding sprinkles, our on sprinkles while the drip lines are still wet and let dry completely before removing the excess sprinkles.
- Do one color at a time and let dry completely between each color.
- When adding sprinkles, let dry completely before removing the sprinkles. You can use a paint brush, pastry brush, or your fingers to gently wipe the excess sprinkles away. Again make sure the chocolate is completely dry before you remove the sprinkles, and you can reuse the sprinkles by using the parchment to put them back into a bowl.
- Repeat with different colors until you’ve got the covered strawberries of your dreams.
HALLOWEEN CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES
- These are so cute and I think the easiest of all the decorated strawberries!
- Place melted white chocolate into a piping or ziplock bag. Cut off the tip and drip back and forth over a dried white chocolate covered strawberry until it’s completely covered, leaving a small space in the middle for the eyes.
- Place small dots where the eyes are, and put on your candy eyes while the chocolate is still wet.
- Let dry
Blood Drip Strawberries
- Use a completely dry white chocolate covered strawberry.
- Place melted red chocolate candy melts into a piping bag. Cut off the tip and drip onto the top of the strawberry so it looks like dripping blood.
- You can pick up the strawberry using the toothpick to help control the drips and placement of the drips
Jack-O-Lantern and Ghost Strawberries
- Since this requires a bit of practice, I recommend practicing your faces onto a piece of parchment until you get a design and faces you like.
- Place melted chocolate candy melts into a pastry bag and cut off a tiny piece of the tip
- Draw your faces onto the dried white and orange chocolate covered strawberries.
- Using a toothpick or scribe, gently move around the melted chocolate to get it into the exact design you want. This is a common royal icing technique and can help make sharp corners and tiny lines. It helps if the chocolate is really melted and warm. If it’s not warm or thin enough, it is difficult to move the chocolate around.
- Let dry
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