Looking for a unique sweet treat that is super-simple to make and quite delicious? These chocolate-covered freeze-dried strawberries are a delicious treat! You don’t need a freeze dryer to make these tasty snacks!
Chocolate-covered freeze-dried strawberries are a fun, shelf-stable twist on the Valentine’s day favorite!
Out of all of the Valentine’s day recipes I’ve made before, these might be at the top of my list. Fresh chocolate-covered strawberries are FANTASTIC, don’t get me wrong. But you know how they get mushy and slippery if you keep them in the fridge for more than a day? Yeah. That doesn’t happen if the strawberries are freeze-dried!
If you’re wondering where on earth you can get freeze-dried strawberries, then you will be surprised when I tell you that they are easily obtained at most grocery stores! I bought mine in Walmart, but I have also seen them in other stores as well, including Kroger and Aldi.
If you are fortunate enough to own a freeze dryer yourself, then you can of course make this recipe with home dried strawberries. You can also use a dehydrator or the oven to dry out your own strawberries, although the result is not as good (in my opinion) as freeze-dried strawberries.
One of the simplest recipes to make, for those who love incredibly easy treats!
You can use any type of chocolate bar or chips that you have to make this recipe. Even white chocolate will work. Whatever floats your boat! Just be sure to use plain chocolate, and not something that has nuts or fruit added, as that likely will not stick well to the strawberries. I like dark chocolate personally, and find that the slightly bitter chocolate complements the sweet strawberries well.
You’ll want to use either a double boiler on the stove, or your microwave to melt the chocolate. Be sure to stir quite often, so that the chocolate does not burn. As soon as it is melted, remove from the heat. If using the microwave, I suggest heating in bursts of 30 seconds. Stir between bursts and do not overheat, or it will burn.
Drop the strawberry pieces into the chocolate and flip over to coat both sides. Lay the chocolate-covered strawberries onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. If desired, add chopped nuts, dried fruit pieces, sprinkles, etc on top, and allow the chocolate to harden.
If your house is warm, I recommend placing the baking sheet in the fridge until fully solid (one hour or so, longer at room temperature), and then transfer to an air-tight container in the fridge for storage. They should last several weeks in the fridge, and can also be frozen for up to a month in an air-tight container.
Absolutely! Any type of freeze-dried or dehydrated fruit works well here, so long as it pairs well with chocolate! Let me know your favorite combination in the comments below.
Yes! They can be stored in an air-tight container in the freezer for up to one month.
No, you can use any type of chocolate, so long as it is plain chocolate and not chocolate with nuts, fruit or other tidbits that may not stick well to the surface of the chocolate. If you want to add chopped nuts, coconut or any other topping, I suggest doing that after you have coated the strawberries in chocolate.
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Chocolate-Covered Freeze-Dried Strawberries
- 1 oz freeze-dried strawberry slices
- 9 oz chocolate chips or chocolate bar of choice no nuts or fruit. If using chocolate chips, this is approximately 1-1/2 cups
- chopped nuts, dried fruit or sprinkles for sprinkling on top of chocolate, if desired
- Melt chocolate chips or chocolate bar in the microwave or in a double boiler. If using the microwave, heat in bursts of 30 seconds, stirring between bursts. Do not overheat once melted. If using a double boiler, stir often and remove from heat once melted.
- Dunk strawberry pieces into the chocolate and lay them out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat until all strawberries are covered. Top with chopped nuts, dried fruit or sprinkles, if desired.
- Allow chocolate to harden in the fridge for one hour. Once fully solidified, move pieces to an air-tight container in the fridge or freezer for storage. They keep for several weeks, or in the freeze for up to a month.