Pink chocolate covered strawberries are an easy, make ahead treat that’s perfect for Valentine’s Day dessert. Bright strawberries are dipped in decadent pink chocolate, then chilled until set.
How To Make Pink Chocolate
Like white hot chocolate, the type of white chocolate used matters. We prefer using white chocolate over candy melts, but they work just as well in a pinch!
While selecting white chocolate, avoid choosing chocolate chips. They are designed to hold their shape through melting while making baked goods, and often contain oil that can separate. A classic, white baking chocolate is the way to go.
Once the chocolate is melted, we use red food dye to achieve the pink color. Start with 3 drops, mix it up, and add more as needed until the chocolate is as pink as you’d like. You can always add more food coloring, but you can’t take it away.
How To Melt White Chocolate
While melting chocolate, low and slow is the name of the game. If the heat is too high, chocolate will scorch and temper incorrectly.
This will cause chocolate to “sweat” or exude moisture as it hardens, which doesn’t look great when you’re serving something as beautiful as pink chocolate covered strawberries.
To melt chocolate on the stove (preferred method):
- Heat ½ pot of water over high heat. As soon as it reaches a boil, turn it to medium low.
- Place a mixing bowl over the water. We find it easiest to use a clear bowl, so you can see how rapidly the water is boiling.
- Place the chocolate into the bowl over the water. The steam from the water will melt the chocolate evenly and without being too harsh.
To melt white chocolate in the microwave, place a microwave safe bowl with white chocolate into the microwave. Melt it at 30 second intervals, stirring well between rounds until chocolate has melted.
How To Make Pink Chocolate Covered Strawberries
To make pink chocolate covered strawberries:
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up. Create pink chocolate as above.
- Wash and dry strawberries. Arrange chocolate, strawberries, and decorations with toothpicks at a working surface.
- Insert a toothpick into the stem of the strawberry. Dip the strawberry ¾ of the way into chocolate to coat evenly. Spin strawberry to help remove excess chocolate.
- Immediately transfer to parchment paper to set. If decorating with sprinkles, apply immediately so they stick.
Tips and Substitutions For Pink Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- Chill strawberries before working with them. This will help the chocolate set quickly, and keep the mess to a minimum.
- If chocolate begins to harden while making pink chocolate covered strawberries, microwave it for another 30 seconds.
- Use a toothpick to dip strawberries rather than holding by the leaves to help preserve them.
- Use pink coloring sparingly, we used 4 drops in 2 cups of white chocolate to achieve the pastel pink color.
- Allow time for excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl before placing strawberries on the baking sheet. This will save chocolate, and avoid the chocolate pooling underneath the strawberries as they set.
- Make sure everything is set up before the chocolate is melted. Chocolate sets quickly, so you will want to start dipping them as soon as it’s ready to go.
- Only color a little bit of the chocolate pink. Pink and white chocolate covered strawberries are beautiful together, and you can decorate with both colors!
Decorating Ideas For Pink Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Here are some of our favorite things to decorate pink chocolate covered strawberries with, and how to use them:
- Sprinkles – apply immediately after dipping strawberries in chocolate by lightly dipping into sprinkle mixture or sprinkling them over wet chocolate.
- Piping bags – once first chocolate layer is set, cut a very thin corner of the piping bag and fill with white chocolate, to thread over pink chocolate covered strawberries
- Edible glitter – can be sprinkled over chocolate covered strawberries while still wet
- Toothpicks – use these to swirl white chocolate into the pink chocolate immediately after dipping
- Heart shaped sprinkles – we placed these individually as they’re a little larger, but add a great Valentine’s Day look.
- White chocolate – try dipping the strawberries in white chocolate, then threading the pink chocolate over them once it’s set.
- Gold flakes and edible gold – to add a touch of elegance to pink chocolate covered strawberries, try adding some gold hints to them.
How To Store Pink Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Pink chocolate strawberries can be kept at room temperature for a couple hours to enjoy, but any longer should be kept in the fridge.
The strawberries will keep for up to 4 days in the fridge, stored in an air tight container.
Strawberries become soggy when frozen and defrosted, so avoid freezing them.
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- Twice Baked Potatoes
- Strawberry Panna Cotta
- Red Wine Braised Short Ribs
- Lamb Loin Chops with Mint Jalapeno Marinade
- Cranberry Pecan Cheese Ball Bites
Pink Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- 2 pounds strawberries about 24
- 2 cups white chocolate chopped
- red food coloring to taste
- edible glitter
- piping bags
- Set up working station. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add bowls with different decorating materials. Wash and dry strawberries.
- Fill a medium pot ½ full with water over high heat. Once hot, reduce heat to medium-low. Place a bowl over pot with white chocolate. Melt, stirring constantly with a spatula to scrape sides of bowl until chocolate is melted.
- Divide chocolate into 2 bowls, ⅔ in one and ⅓ in the other. Use 3 drops of red food coloring in the bowl with 2/3 cup and add more as needed, mixing between additions, until desired tone of pink is achieved.
- Working with cold strawberries, insert a toothpick into the stem of the strawberry. Dip it in chocolate ¾ of the way to the stem. Spin strawberry, allowing excess chocolate to drip back into bowl before placing on prepared baking sheet to set.
- If decorating with sprinkles and other decorations, add immediately before chocolate has set.
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