Chocolate Covered Fruit

fruit covered in chocolate

Dessert | January 15, 2020 | By

Chocolate Covered Fruit ~ fresh fruit dipped in dark chocolate. This healthy dessert tastes amazing and looks fancy, but is incredibly easy to make!

Valentine’s Day . . . game day . . . pretty much any day ending in Y is the right time to make these little beauties because fruit dipped in chocolate just tastes better. Can I get a high five on that one?

Chocolate Covered Fruit is not only delicious and impressive looking, but healthier than many other dessert options and takes just minutes to make.

I published a healthy fruit dip a while back but dipping fruit in chocolate takes fruit to a whole new level. Tangy-sweet fruit covered in dark chocolate ~ who can resist?

chocolate covered fruit on white platter

My daughter made these first and dropped some off for me to taste. One bite and I had to know how she did it. I discovered they’re not only over the top good, but simple to make! You’ll find yourself dipping ~ sorry I couldn’t resist ~ into the refrigerator for just one more until they’re gone.

What kind of chocolate is best for dipping?

I used chocolate specifically made for dipping, like this one carried by most grocery stores. Local specialty markets may also package their own chocolate for covering fruit.

You can also use baking chocolate, just not chocolate bars meant for eating.

I prefer dark chocolate but if you’re a fan of milk or even white chocolate, you could use either one as well. The important thing is to use good quality chocolate and fresh fruitSome brands even come with their own microwavable container making it even easier.

Prepping the fruit before dipping:

Don’t skip the prep. It’ll  help in the success of this recipe. 

  1. Wash and thoroughly dry the fruit using paper towels, drying each piece individually. If you’re dipping bananas, peel and slice them.
  2. Set up a complete dipping station including toppings.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

What toppings can I add?

  • Chopped nuts
  • Coconut
  • Colored sprinkles
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Graham cracker crumbs
  • Crushed Oreo cookies
  • White chocolate drizzle
  • Crushed pretzels
  • Sea salt

How to make Chocolate Covered Fruit:

Wash and thoroughly dry the fruit (see above) then melt the chocolate in the microwave starting with 30 seconds at full power.

Stir the chocolate after 30 seconds then microwave a few more seconds, up to 30 seconds. Melted wafers retain their shape until you stir them. Don’t overheat the chocolate or it will seize.

To dip strawberries, hold the stem then dip into the chocolate almost to the top. Lift, give it a small swirl then transfer to a parchment (or wax paper) paper lined baking sheet and coat with desired toppings (optional). Repeat until all the fruit is covered in chocolate.

For chocolate dipped bananas, cover the entire banana slice (top, bottom, sides) to keep it from turning brown. You can use a small fork or toothpick to hold the banana slice. 

Finish dipping all the fruit then transfer the tray to the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes to chill and harden the chocolate.

white platter with chocolate dipped fruit

How long does Chocolate Covered Fruit last?

Chocolate Covered Fruit can be made up to a day ahead of time. At a minimum, make them a couple of hours ahead of serving so they have time to chill and for the chocolate to harden. 

Store any leftovers in the refrigerator with a loose sheet of wax paper up to 2 days after making. Any longer than 2 days and the fruit will start to go bad.

What fruits are best for dipping?

      • strawberries
      • raspberries
      • bananas
      • pineapple
      • seedless grapes
      • orange segments

Enjoy!

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fruit covered in chocolate

Chocolate Covered Fruit

Step by step directions for how to make chocolate dipped fruit. Healthy, delicious treat.
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CourseDessert
CuisineAmerican
Keywordchocolate dipped fruit, chocolate covered strawberries
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Servings8

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces chocolate see body of post for type of chocolate
  • 2 pounds fruit see body of post for recommended fruit
  • optional toppings nuts, crushed cookies or pretzels, etc.

Instructions

  • Wash and thoroughly dry the fruit using paper towels, drying each piece individually. If you’re dipping bananas, peel and slice them. 
  • Set up a dipping station including all (optional) toppings.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • After the fruit is washed and dried, melt the chocolate in the microwave starting with 30 seconds at full power. Stir gently then microwave another few seconds, up to 30 seconds. NOTE: softened wafers retain their shape until you stir them. Don't overheat the chocolate or it will seize.
  • Hold the strawberries, hold the stem then dip into the chocolate almost to the top. Lift, give it a small swirl then transfer to the parchment paper lined baking sheet and coat with desired toppings (optional). Repeat until all the fruit is covered. If you're dipping bananas, use a fork to hold the banana slice and coat the entire piece so it doesn't turn brown.
  • Transfer the dipped fruit to the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes to chill and harden.

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