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The combination of sweet, fragrant strawberries and rich chocolate is a classic treat that brings all the flavor without all the sugar and calories of other desserts. You will find that it's easy to make chocolate-covered strawberries look as good as they taste; the finished result is simply beautiful. This recipe is fast and versatile, making it a top choice for a quick, easy homemade treat.

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1. What you'll need: ingredients and supplies

Making chocolate-covered strawberries requires supplies you likely already have handy. Use either a double boiler or a small heatproof bowl and saucepan to melt the chocolate and, for optimal results, have a cooking thermometer on standby to make sure your melted chocolate hits the right temperature. Other supplies include:

  • Heatproof spatula
  • Cocktail sticks
  • Baking parchment
  • Baking sheet

For the ingredients, use 6 oz of good-quality semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (or other chocolate of choice - the next section covers chocolate choices), and about a pound of ripe, bright red strawberries. One of the best parts about this simple dessert is the minimal amount of prep required; apart from washing the strawberries, there's no need to prep them by cutting the green tops off.

Shot of a bowl of fresh strawberries on a table gradyreese / Getty Images
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