Surprise your loved ones this Valentine’s Day with a plate or box of these adorable Chocolate Covered Strawberry Bears. Each milk chocolate covered strawberry is decorated with chocolate ears, candy eyes, and an M&M nose.
Awe! That’s all I can say every time I look at one of these Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Bears. How about you?
I had so much fun making these that I can’t believe that this was the very first time I’ve ever decorated a chocolate covered strawberry to share with you here on Hungry Happenings. Now I have a zillion more ideas so I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of them here very soon.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Bears
These little chocolate treats are really simple to make using either pure milk chocolate and milk chocolate callets (wafers) or by using light cocoa candy melts and candy melt wafers.
If you choose to dip your strawberries in pure milk chocolate you will want to temper the chocolate for the best results. You can read all about working with chocolate and candy melts on my chocolate making tips page.
If you want to make Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Polar Bears use white chocolate instead.
If you have never dipped chocolate strawberries, here are a few notes about the process:
- Get a paper towel wet then ring it out so it’s just damp. Wipe the strawberries clean then pat dry with another paper towel. This will keep your strawberries fresher longer and keep them from seeping (losing their liquid) too much.
- Chocolate covered strawberries are best eaten the day they are made. If you plan to keep the strawberries longer, then it’s a good idea to double dip the bottom of the berry to avoid the juice from the berry leaking out the bottom.
- You can leave your berries at room temperature after dipping if you plan to eat them within 24 hours.
- If you refrigerate them know that condensation (tiny beads of sweat) will form on the chocolate unless they are stored properly. To avoid this follow these instructions.
How to store chocolate covered strawberries in the refrigerator:
- Place a paper towel in the bottom of a corrugated cardboard box. Sprinkle baking soda on top of the first paper towel then set another paper towel on top.
- Place your strawberries on top of the clean paper towel, close the box lid and place in the refrigerator.
- At least 1 hour before you plan to plate, package, or serve the chocolate coated berries set the closed box on the counter and let them come up to room temperature while in the box.
- Remove the berries from the box and enjoy.
- Taking these steps will help keep the chocolate coating on the strawberries dryer than any other storage method.
Now that you know the details about making chocolate dipped strawberries, watch this video to see how to turn them into these adorably cute chocolate strawberry bears.
- Dip one strawberry at a time, allow the chocolate to thicken just enough that you can create the spikes of fur using a fork.
- Immediately add the candy eyes and M&M nose.
- Dip the cut edge of the chocolate wafers in chocolate then attach them to the top of the strawberry before making them look furry too.
- 16 ounces melted and tempered pure milk chocolate or melted light cocoa candy melts*
- 16 strawberries, wiped clean and patted dry
- 32 (1/2 inch) candy eyes
- 16 brown M&M's
- 32 milk chocolate callets or light cocoa candy melts wafers, cut into 3/4 moons.
- * See the Chocolate Making Tips page for melting/tempering instructions.
Pour the chocolate into a small bowl or glass.
Dip one strawberry into the chocolate then set it on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Take a fork and press it into the chocolate, then pull up and away quickly creating spikes.
Repeat this process until the entire chocolate strawberry looks furry.
Immediate press two candy eyes and an M&M nose onto the chocolate.
Dip the cut edge of two chocolate wafers in chocolate and attach them to either side of the top of the strawberry creating the bear's ears.
Let the strawberry air dry.
Repeat dipping all 16 bears.
If desired, brush a second layer of chocolate over the bottom of each strawberry to seal in the berry.
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