Microwave Chocolate Covered Strawberries (Easy Recipe)

Chocolate covered fruit is one of my favorite treats, and these microwave chocolate covered strawberries make it so easy to make at home. Add sprinkles or colored chocolate, and they’re suitable for nearly any occasion! 

closeup of chocolate covered strawberries in a glass bowl

Why You’ll Love It

These dazzling chocolate covered strawberries are ready in under 30 minutes (and that includes letting the chocolate harden). 

Plus, they’re much less expensive than trying to buy them. These decorated chocolate strawberries are about $5.00 each! I got an entire pound of strawberries (closer to a dozen) at my grocery store for half that.

I also love that you can decorate these any way you want. Add sprinkles, drizzle with colorful candy melts, and make them your own for any holiday or season.  It’s a fun activity to do together (and enjoy the results) for date night too.

If you find yourself instead craving these flavors for breakfast, then try out my quick and easy Chocolate Strawberry Overnight Oats recipe!

Or if you want to enjoy a candy-coated crunch, then try out my Jolly Rancher Strawberries or Caramel Candied Strawberries!

What You Need: Ingredients

ingredients to make chocolate covered strawberries in the microwave
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries
  • 12-ounce bag semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp butter or coconut oil (or more as needed)
  • Sprinkles or candy melt for decoration (optional)

Ingredient Tips and Substitutions

  • Strawberries. The larger the strawberries the better, and if you can find ones with stems it will make life easier. Also choose good looking ones with little bruising. You can also substitute pineberries if preferred, or other types of fruit like apples and orange slices
  • Chocolate. Dark, milk, and white chocolate all work fine as well. I like the sweetness balance with the semi-sweet
  • Butter. It’s important to add a little bit of fat to the chocolate so that it doesn’t become overly brittle when hard. Butter and coconut oil are the two most common choices, but you can use other neutral oils or even shortening in a pinch. If your chocolate starts to seize, add some more oil and reheat it slightly
  • Decorations. If you want to use sprinkles, pour them in a small bowl so you can roll the strawberries in them immediately after dipping. Drizzling can be done later, after the strawberries start to set
  • If you plan to drizzle colored candy melts, you can use a spoon, a few toothpicks, a piping bag, or a ziploc with the corner cut out to create even lines across your strawberries
chocolate covered strawberries lined across a white circular plate

How to Make Microwave Chocolate Covered Strawberries

  1. Bring your strawberries to room temperature, and make sure they are completely dry if you washed them recently
  2. Line a cooling rack or cookie sheet with wax paper or a silicone baking mat
  3. Add chocolate chips and butter to a small microwave safe bowl (deeper is preferable to wider in this case)
add chocolate chips and butter to microwave safe bowl
  1. Microwave the bowl on high for 30 seconds. Stir, then microwave in additional 30 second bursts until the chocolate is completely smooth
melted chocolate from the microwave with a spatula in the bowl
  1. Hold your strawberry by the stem (or stick a toothpick in it to assist)
  2. Dip the strawberry into the chocolate, then twist it as you pull it back out to remove excess. Dab any lumps off on the edge of the bowl
dip and twirl strawberries in the chocolate
  1. If you are adding sprinkles, roll the coated strawberry in the bowl of sprinkles while it’s still wet (optional)
  2. Place the dipped strawberry on your wax paper lined rack
overhead view of chocolate covered strawberries drying on a wax paper lined wire rack
  1. Repeat until all strawberries are dipped
  2. If desired, add your candy melt stripes on the strawberries
  3. Allow dipped strawberries to rest for 30-40 minutes to set completely (it’s best if you can put them in the refrigerator for this)
  4. Store in a dry place and enjoy within 2 days for best results!
overhead view of chocolate covered strawberries on a white circle plate with some on a wire rack to the right

What Goes Well With Chocolate Covered Strawberries?

  • Champagne or sparkling wine
  • White wine or rose
  • Red wine or Mulled Wine
  • Vodka based cocktails
  • Fresh or dried fruits
  • Chocolate dipped pretzels or potato chips
  • Granola
  • Salted nuts
  • Toasted coconut
  • Fresh mozzarella or goat cheese

Recipe FAQs

Do Strawberries Need to Be Cold Before Dipping in Chocolate?

No, strawberries do not need to be cold before dipping in chocolate. In fact, the chocolate adheres best to room temperature strawberries.

It is recommended that you remove your berries from the fridge about 30 minutes ahead of time to warm them up before dipping.

How Do You Get Chocolate to Stick to Strawberries?

Chocolate sticks best to room temperature strawberries that are completely dry.

Make sure to thoroughly dry your berries ahead of time. In addition, use berries without bruising. If you need to cut off bad sections, the chocolate will not adhere to the juicy interior of the berry.

What Can I Put Chocolate Covered Strawberries On So They Don’t Stick?

Put chocolate covered strawberries on wax paper or a silicone baking mat so they don’t stick while hardening.

For faster cooling of the chocolate, pop them in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

Do You Refrigerate Chocolate Covered Strawberries After Dipping?

You can refrigerate chocolate covered strawberries after dipping to help set the chocolate. However, once they are cooled, the strawberries are best kept in a container at room temperature for flavor and consistency.

Your berries should be consumed within 2 days from the time you make them.

Why Are My Chocolate Covered Strawberries Sweating?

If your chocolate covered strawberries are sweating, that indicates excess moisture.  If the berries were cold when you dipped them, they will release moisture as they warm up. Storing finished berries in the fridge attracts moisture and condensation is normal there.

Always make sure to start with dry berries at room temperature, and store at room temperature after they are cooled and set. This should avoid most sweating issues.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • Make sure your berries are completely dry, free of blemishes, and room temperature for best results
  • Do not cut blemishes off and then attempt to dip – the chocolate will not stick to the berry interior
  • If your berries don’t have stems, use a stick or fork placed near the top (where the stem would be) to assist you when dipping
  • My chocolate was melted completely after 1 ½ minutes in a 1000W microwave. Other wattages may vary
chocolate covered strawberries in a glass bowl with sprinkles

Other Microwave Dessert Recipes to Try

Final Thoughts

These microwave chocolate covered strawberries are such an easy way to make your own decadent dessert right at home! They’re perfect for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, an anniversary, or just anytime you’d like to enjoy some chocolate dipped fruit.

While they may seem daunting, they’re most certainly not! You’ll be a pro, turning out beautiful fruit that fits any occasion in no time!

If you have some leftover fruit, you can turn them into these delicious Chocolate Covered Strawberry Yogurt Clusters and enjoy a healthy, sweet treat!

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Microwave Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe

Elegant chocolate covered strawberries come together quickly and easily thanks to your microwave. Whip them up for a sweet treat and decorate them for any occasion.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 213 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Pound fresh strawberries
  • 12 Ounce bag semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp butter or coconut oil
  • Sprinkles or candy melt for decoration (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Bring your strawberries to room temperature, and make sure they are completely dry if you washed them recently
    1 Pound fresh strawberries
  • Line a cooling rack or cookie sheet with wax paper or a silicone baking mat
  • Add chocolate chips and butter to a small microwave safe bowl (deeper is preferable to wider in this case)
    12 Ounce bag semi sweet chocolate chips, 2 Tbsp butter or coconut oil
  • Microwave the bowl on high for 30 seconds. Stir, then microwave in additional 30 second bursts until the chocolate is completely smooth
  • Hold your strawberry by the stem (or put a stick or a fork in it to assist)
  • Dip the strawberry into the chocolate, then twist it as you pull it back out to remove excess. Dab any lumps off on the edge of the bowl
  • If you are adding sprinkles, roll the coated strawberry in the bowl of sprinkles while it’s still wet (optional)
    Sprinkles or candy melt for decoration
  • Place the dipped strawberry on your wax paper lined rack
  • Repeat until all strawberries are dipped
  • If desired, add your candy melt stripes on the strawberries (optional)
  • Allow dipped strawberries to rest for 30-40 minutes to set completely (it’s best if you can put them in the refrigerator for this)
  • Store in a dry place and enjoy within 2 days for best results!

Notes

  • This amount of chocolate should be enough for around 24 large strawberries. While you can reduce the amount, I find it’s harder to dip and coat it well if your bowl isn’t full
  • The larger your strawberries are, the better, and if you can find ones with stems it will make life easier. Also choose good looking berries with little bruising. You can also substitute pineberries if preferred, or other types of fruit like apples and orange slices
  • Dark, milk, and white chocolate are great alternative options. I like the sweetness balance with the semi-sweet
  • My chocolate melted completely after 1 ½ minutes in a 1000W microwave. Other wattages may vary
  • It’s important to add a little bit of fat to the chocolate so that it doesn’t become overly brittle when hard. Butter and coconut oil are the two most common choices, but you can use other neutral oils or even shortening in a pinch. If your chocolate starts to seize, add some more oil and reheat it slightly
  • If you want to use sprinkles, pour them in a small bowl so you can roll the strawberries in them immediately after dipping. Drizzling can be done later, after the strawberries start to set
  • If you plan to drizzle colored candy melts, you can use a spoon, a few toothpicks, a piping bag, or a ziploc with the corner cut out to create even lines across your strawberries
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand of ingredients, decorative toppings, and quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 157gCalories: 213kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 2gFat: 8.5gSaturated Fat: 4.6gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 17mgPotassium: 458mgFiber: 7gSugar: 26.3gCalcium: 48mgIron: 1mg
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