Treat yourself to these adorable Chocolate Strawberry Hearts! These scrumptious chocolate dipped berries are super easy to make and so delicious ... perfect for Valentine's Day or any time of year!
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I don't know about you, but there's just something about strawberries and chocolate that's a little magical! These two foods are super tasty on their own of course, but they're even better when paired together.
Which is why I can't get enough of these Chocolate Strawberry Hearts! This recipe is a cute twist on Chocolate Covered Strawberries that no one will be able to resist.
You are going to love this sweet treat ... these adorable chocolate dipped berries are super easy to make, ready fast, and mouthwateringly delicious. Serve them for Valentine's Day, Galentine's, or any special occasion. But they're easy enough to make anytime you get a craving, so don't save them just for holidays!
Ready to start dipping? Keep reading for the simple recipe, plus lots of helpful tips!
You need two simple ingredients to make these heart shaped chocolate covered strawberries:
- Strawberries - Of course, fresh strawberries are a must! While you can technically use any strawberry, berries with a tapered point will make the best hearts.
- Chocolate - Choose your fave chocolate ... anything from milk chocolate to dark chocolate works. I used this Lindt 70% Dark Chocolate, which is one of my favorite easy-to-find chocolates.
This recipe is naturally vegetarian, and depending on the type of chocolate you use, you can easily make it vegan, dairy free, and / or gluten free, too (check out the Variations section below for tips).
You'll Also Need
To prep the berries, you'll need a small, sharp knife (such as a paring knife) and a cutting board. You'll also need a small bowl to melt the chocolate in your microwave. (If you make a lot of chocolate treats, a double boiler is worth investing in.) I also used these bamboo skewers. Grab a couple baking sheets (these Circulon sheet pans are my fave!), and parchment paper for lining them, too.
How to Make Chocolate Strawberry Hearts
These Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts couldn't be easier to make! You'll find a detailed recipe card below, but here's an overview of the steps:
- Prep strawberries. Start by washing and drying the strawberries, then make the strawberry hearts by cutting a small v-shape into the stem end of the strawberries. Once you've done that, cut the berries in half, and place them on a layer of paper towel (cut side down).
- Skewer berries. This step is optional, but inserting a bamboo skewer makes dipping easier, and serving the strawberries extra fun. Tip: Strawberries can be a little slippery. Don't push the skewer too far into the berry, and once it's in don't move it.
- Melt chocolate. Break the chocolate bar into small pieces, then place the pieces in a small bowl. Microwave the chocolate for 30 seconds, then mix. Continue microwaving the chocolate in 10 second intervals, stirring very well between each interval, until it's melted and smooth.
- Dip in chocolate. Holding the strawberry by skewer, carefully dip it into the melted chocolate. If you didn't skewer the berries, use a fork to lower them into the chocolate. Tip: You can dip the berries all the way into the chocolate, or partially. I like to leave a little of the strawberry showing.
- Let chocolate harden. Once dipped, place the strawberries on a parchment paper lined baking sheet (you may need a couple). Then refrigerate (or freeze) the berries until the chocolate has hardened (about 20 to 30 minutes in the refrigerator, or 10 minutes in the freezer).
Wasn't that easy? And you won't believe how delicious these Chocolate Strawberry Hearts are! Make them for Valentine's Day, or any time you're craving a sweet treat.
Feel like getting creative with these Chocolate Dipped Berries? Here are some simple ideas to inspire you:
- White Chocolate - If you're a white choc fan, dip the strawberries in melted white chocolate chips. You could even do a combo of both white and dark!
- Decorated - Once you've dipped the strawberries, you can add other decorations, like drizzles or sprinkles. Check out my Chocolate Covered Strawberries recipe for inspiration and tips.
- Whole Berries - If you'd prefer, you can dip whole berries, rather than cutting them in half.
- Extract - Add a little extra flavor by stirring in ¼ teaspoon of vanilla, almond, or orange extract into the chocolate.
- Vegan + Dairy Free - To make this recipe vegan / dairy free, use a vegan chocolate, such as this Lindt Vegan Chocolate Bar, Lovo Oat Milk Chocolate Bar, or this Theo Dark Chocolate Bar.
- Gluten Free - Pure cacao is gluten free, but it's blended with other ingredients to make chocolate, and there's also a risk of cross-contamination. This Guittard Chocolate is a tasty GF option you'll love!
The cute Chocolate Strawberry Hearts are perfect for Valentine's Day (and Galentine's Day), but you can make them any time you're craving strawberries + chocolate! Serve them as a simple, but scrumptious snack or a fun dessert, or use them to garnish other desserts (like cakes and cupcakes). You could even add a few to your yogurt and granola for breakfast!
The strawberries will have the best taste and texture when eaten the same day they're made. However, you can store any leftovers in an airtight container in your refrigerator. I recommend eating them within one to two days, because they won't stay fresh long.
If you loved this recipe, make sure to check out my Chocolate Covered Raspberries, too! And don't miss my other strawberry treats:
- Strawberry Freezer Jam
- Strawberry Compote
- Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
- Chocolate Covered Strawberry Parfait
- Fruit Pizza Cookies
- Berry Mini Trifles
- Strawberry Banana Bread
- Strawberry Bark
- Strawberry Crepes
Chocolate Strawberry Hearts
- 10 strawberries
- 1 (3.5-ounce / 100 gram) bar dark chocolate bar
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Wash and dry strawberries. Use fingers to pluck off leaves.
- Slice a small v-shape in the stem-end of the strawberry to create a heart shape. Cut strawberries in half, then place cut side down on a paper towel.
- Carefully push a skewer into each strawberry half.
- Break chocolate bar into small pieces, then transfer to a small bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, then mix. Continue microwaving at 10 second intervals, stirring well in between, until chocolate is melted and smooth.
- Dip strawberries in chocolate. Allow excess chocolate to drip off, then place berries cut side down on parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining strawberries.
- Refrigerate strawberries until chocolate has hardened, about 20 to 30 minutes (or freeze for 10 minutes).
- Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to two days. Enjoy!