These vegan chocolate covered strawberries use white chocolate to achieve these fun pops of color. This makes for a fun family activity and is a perfect alternative to coloring Easter eggs. Bonus - they taste as good as they look!
The fun part about using colors is that it's totally customizable. Which makes these a great treat not just for Easter, but also baby showers, birthday parties, weddings... the list goes on. They make delicious edible gifts as well.
The same method can also be used for dark chocolate. Yum!
Table of Contents
- vegan white chocolate - I used one 10 oz bar to cover 2 lbs of strawberries
- food coloring - I used this gel food coloring because I didn't want to introduce water into the chocolate which can cause it to seize
- decorations - use whatever you'd like. I used these vegan sprinkles and nonpareils but crushed nuts would be great as well.
- vegetable or coconut oil - this helps to make the melted chocolate the perfect consistency for dipping and gives it nice sheen when the dry.
- strawberries - of course!
Step By Step Instructions
To make these vegan chocolate covered strawberries, start by washing and then very thoroughly drying your strawberries. You can use a kitchen towel to dry them off individually or set them on a towel and let them air dry completely.
It's very important not to introduce any water into your melted chocolate so that it doesn't seize up.
Now let's get the chocolate ready. This will firm up as it sits so don't start melting it until you're ready to rock and roll.
Break your chocolate bar up into chunks and melt using either of these methods:
- To melt in the microwave add your chocolate and oil to a bowl and zap in 30 second intervals. It's important to stop and stir in between. For the entire bar of chocolate I ended up microwaving for a total of 75 seconds. When you get to the point where it's mostly melted, but there are few small solid pieces left you can simply stir it until it's smooth. It's very important not to overheat because that can also cause the chocolate to seize.
- Or you can use a Bain Marie which is just a fancy French term that means putting a heatproof bowl (like Pyrex) over a pan of simmering water. You can use this to gently melt your chocolate. It's important that the water in the pan not touch the bottom of your bowl to avoid scorching the chocolate. Make sure to stir frequently as it's melting. For a more in-depth explanation check out this blog post.
Once your chocolate is melted divide it into smaller bowls and use food coloring to achieve your desired colors. Keep in mind that gel food coloring is very potent so you don't need much.
Go ahead and put down a sheet or two of parchment paper and have your decorations ready to go because the chocolate will start to firm up pretty quickly.
If your strawberries have leaves on them these make great handles. Hold them by the leaves, dip into the chocolate and then shake a bit to remove any excess chocolate. Now lay them on the parchment paper and quickly add any sprinkles or decorations you will be using.
These will firm up pretty quickly at room temperature. You can also decorate by drizzling them with other colors of chocolate.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, but you probably won't be able to use the food coloring.
No, they will harden at room temperature as long as it's not sweltering mid-summer.
I would not. Frozen berries will get soft and watery as they thaw which would make working with the chocolate super difficult.
You can pop the bowls in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to loosen the chocolate back up.
Storing and Freezing
These are best made the day you are going to serve or give them. However, they keep well for several days in the fridge in an airtight container.
I would not recommend freezing these.