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Easy Strawberries in White Chocolate (for beginners)

This is a simple recipe for strawberries in white chocolate for beginners. It is NOT tricky and finicky with perfect professional-looking results. It IS easy, still pretty and definitely delicious. Just 2 ingredients.
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert, Treat
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Servings (change as needed): 15 strawberries approximately
Author: Cheryl

Ingredients

  • 1 pound room temperature strawberries (~15 medium-large strawberries)
  • 1/2 pound white chocolate melting wafers (candy melts), Note 1 (227 grams or 8 ounces)
  • optional: 1 teaspoon or more vegetable oil to make coating softer and thinner

Instructions

  • PREPARE FRESH STRAWBERRIES: Rinse in cool water and dry strawberries with a paper towel very well. You don't want any moisture clinging to them or the chocolate won't stick.
  • PREPARE PAN AND DECORATION: Line a baking sheet or cutting board with parchment paper or wax paper. For decoration, grate 10-12 wafers on a microplane or box grater into a small bowl or plate. Set aside.
  • MELT WHITE CHOCOLATE CANDY MELTS: Place wafers/candy melts in a microwavable safe bowl. Microwave uncovered for 30 seconds on High. Remove and stir. Wafers will be sticky and only starting to melt. Microwave for another 20 seconds. Stir vigorously until smooth and creamy. Wafers will continue to melt as you stir. If still not melted, microwave again in 10 second increments, stirring in between until very creamy. The whole thing should take 60-90 seconds. Note 2. If you like your coating softer or less 'snappy', stir in a teaspoon (or a bit more) of vegetable or coconut oil.
  • DIP AND DECORATE:
    To coat strawberries, hold stem of strawberry in fingers, dip strawberry into bowl of melted chocolate and swirl around until coated (I like to leave some strawberry showing at the top, but that's up to you). Gently shake off excess chocolate.
    To decorate dipped strawberries, scoop up some grated chocolate shavings in your fingers and sprinkle it onto a dipped strawberry immediately so that it adheres to coating. Place on parchment or wax lined tray in single layer to set/harden at room temperature. It will only take a few minutes with candy melts. Note 3 for alternate way to decorate.

Notes

  1. Substitute for candy melts: use a white chocolate bar like Lindt or white chocolate chips. Or, use dark chocolate, milk chocolate or semisweet chocolate if you're not a fan of white chocolate. 
  2. Alternative way to melt chocolate: video on how to melt chocolate in a double boiler.
  3. Alternate way to dip and decorate: Instead of dipping and decorating each strawberry, you can coat ALL strawberries first and lay them on parchment or wax paper, letting them harden. Then, to decorate, dip your clean finger or back of a spoon into melted white chocolate (you might have to reheat in the microwave for 20 seconds to re-melt it), spread a thin layer over the coating on one side of the strawberry and sprinkle on grated chocolate. This is the way I did it in the pictures in the post. 
  4. Decoration variations
    • finely crushed nuts or granola
    • plain or toasted coconut
    • grate different colored candy wafers (they come in many colors)
    • melt dark chocolate and apply a decoration (dots, zigzags, a face) with a fine paintbrush or toothpick
    • gently drag the tines of a fork across the coating right after your dip the strawberry into the melted white chocolate.
    • dip a fork into melted chocolate and drizzle it over the strawberries (no need to be perfect!)
  5. Make ahead and store
    • You can leave the strawberries in white chocolate at room temperature on the counter for up to 1 day before serving them, loosely covered with plastic wrap. It's best to keep them at room temperature - less chance of sweating with moisture.
    • To store strawberries for more than 1 day, place them in a single layer in a covered airtight container, lined with a paper towel to absorb moisture. They will last about 2 days.
    • Do not freeze - they will become mushy.
 
Nutrition information is estimated for one white chocolate coated strawberry. 
Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.05g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg