5-Step Chocolate-Covered Strawberries Will Be the Hit of Your Holiday Party (PHOTOS)

Liz Alterman | Dec 10, 2014 Food & Party


Chocolate-covered strawberries -- they're not just for Valentine's Day anymore! You can dress up these sweet treats for Christmas with the colorful toppings of your choice and dazzle your friends and family. 

Not only is it great to see the kids enjoy some fresh fruit (even if it's smothered in chocolate), these gorgeous confections make a wonderful homemade gift. 

They're pretty easy to find off-season nowadays -- even though you do have to be a little picky. Remember, the redder the better. Look over your berries for any green edges (sour!) or soft spots (they'll take away from achieving an even coating) and remove those from your pile. Now you're ready to begin!

Check out our slideshow to see how quickly you can put this showstopping dessert together and then tell us: Have you ever made your own chocolate-covered strawberries?  

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  • Wash Your Berries & Their Leaves


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    Start by rinsing your berries and their leaves. Then allow them to dry thoroughly and come to room temperature before you begin. 

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  • Melt Your Chocolate


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    You can melt the chocolate of your choice (white, milk, semi-sweet, or dark) in the microwave for 30 seconds on high. If you're working with a pound of strawberries, you'll need about 8 ounces of chocolate. I used regular semi-sweet chocolate chips -- the kind you'd add to chocolate chip cookies. But if you're pressed for time, you can buy dipping chocolate and try that instead.

    After microwaving, take it out and stir. If it's not melted, you can set it for another 30 seconds. That should do the trick. If you'd prefer, you can melt the chocolate -- and a bit of butter for a richer flavor and texture -- in a doubler boiler. If you don't have a double boiler, you can make one yourself by placing a heatproof bowl atop a pot of simmering water. Stir frequently until fully melted. 

  • Prepare Your Toppings


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    Make your berries as festive as possible with colorful toppings. From sprinkles and mini chocolate chips to coconut and decorative icings, you'll have plenty of choices. Just line them up before you start dipping your berries because once the chocolate hardens, it's harder to get those toppings to stay put!

  • Dip Your Berries


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    You can put your berries on skewers or even toothpicks if you don't want to get your hands messy. Dip the berries in the melted chocolate and make sure they're evenly coated. 

  • Place Berries on Waxed Paper


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    Place the chocolate-covered strawberries on a sheet of waxed paper to cool. Then move them to the refrigerator for 30 minutes to set and harden.

    Because chocolate does not like to stay cold for long -- it can get white and chalky -- keep your berries in an airtight container in another cool place. 

  • Plate, Serve & Enjoy!


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    You can serve the berries with or without the skewers. With them in, they look like a yummy fruit version of cake pops! They make a deceptively simple dessert or homemade gift. Enjoy! 

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