Cause we all need a little fruit on the biggest candy day of the year, but we also want to keep it fun and in theme with the holiday. Halloween chocolate covered strawberries are a fun spooky Halloween-themed treat that incorporates just a touch of healthy. These are an easy to make, no bake treat, that are kid friendly for helping in the kitchen.
I know Halloween is all about the candy kids get from trick-or-treating. But there is also a lot of fun parties to go along with the holiday that give an opportunity to make other fun spooky treats like mummy brownies, easy poison apples and these fun Halloween chocolate covered strawberries.
Using chocolate and candy melts that can easily be melted in a microwave, these no bake treats are easy for kids to make themselves, and they will enjoy decorating them into fun skulls, mummies and pumpkins.
Ingredients and tools
To make these no bake, Halloween chocolate covered strawberries, you really only need a few ingredients (which is also what makes them so kid friendly), and a couple tools that help make it fun and easy (and less messy).
- Strawberries, of course. Try to use good sized ones to make it easier to decorate.
- Chocolate, also, duh. I use semisweet and milk chocolate, as milk chocolate seems to be the favorite among kids.
- Candy melts. These melt so easy and smooth and come in all kinds of fun Halloween colors.
- Halloween-themed candies, like sprinkles, googly eyes and confetti, these are perfect finishing touches for a spooky treat.
- Piping bags. This will make for easy decorating onto the dipped strawberries. You can create fun jack-o-lantern faces and skeletons (see my pics).
- Toothpicks. Having toothpicks will make it easy to pull back the leaf top of the strawberry for decorating.
- Parchment or wax paper. This is a must to keep your kitchen counters clean!
Can chocolate covered strawberries be made ahead of time?
Not gonna lie, these are definitely best made and eaten on the same day. They will look and taste their best. However, you can make them a day or two ahead of time.
What is the best way to store them?
Given that I highly recommend eating these no bake treats the day you make them, I am going to start with how to store them that day. And if you are thinking they should be refrigerated, you would be wrong. Putting chocolate covered strawberries in the fridge will create moisture on them, which we call sweating (gross, I know). You should leave them on the parchment on the counter, loosely covered in plastic wrap until you are ready to serve them.
If you happen to have leftovers, or have to make them a day or two ahead of time, then they must be stored in the fridge. They will 'sweat' like I mentioned above, but you can minimize this by placing them in a container lined with paper towels (this will absorb the moisture a bit). If you are storing them more than a single layer, use the parchment or wax paper in between layers. When ready to serve take them out to sit on counter for about 30 minutes, as they are best eaten at room temperature.
Should strawberries be cold before dipping them in chocolate?
Nope. This would be a common misconception. Strawberries should be rinsed and totally and completely dry at room temperature before dipping them. It may be tempting to have them cold in the fridge before dipping them to harden the chocolate faster, but refrigeration just mean moisture on the strawberry and that means the chocolate won't stick to the strawberry.
I really have two big tips for making Halloween chocolate covered strawberries...
The first being that the strawberries absolutely have to be dry when dipping them, as I explained above.
The second is to HAVE FUN with these! These really are a perfect kid friendly, spooky treat, that are Halloween-themed, but also fruit, so you can feel good about making them!
- microwave safe bowls
- double boiler saucepan (if using instead of microwave)
- piping bags
- parchment or wax paper
- 1 lb Strawberries washed and dried
- ½ cup Milk chocolate
- ½ cup Semisweet chocolate I don't recommend using chocolate chips as they don't melt so well.
- 1 cup Candy melts use various colors, like orange and green
- Halloween sprinkles confetti and small candies for decorating
- Melt the chocolates and candy melts in their own bowls over a double boiler or in a microwave in 30 secodn intervals, stirring after each time, until melted and smooth.
- To prepare the strawberries, first, make sure they are totally dry and at room temperature. Use a toothpick to pull back the leaves and stem.
- Then take each strawberry by its leaves and dip evenly in the chocolate or candy melt color of your choice and turn to coat. Pull up to allow excess to drip off for a few seconds, then place onto parchment or wax paper to set. For strawberries you want to decorate with if googly eyes, confetti or sprinkles, be sure to add those before the chocolate sets fully.
- When the initial coating is set, decorate with additional colors of candy melts in piping bags as you like to make jack-o-lanterns or skulls or ghosts...whatever you fancy! Keep on parchment paper until fully set up.
These will keep in fridge for no longer than two days in an airtight container lined with paper towels. Bring to room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.