These easy chocolate covered strawberry hearts recipe are a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day for the kids.
They look pretty yummy, right? We already ate them all… ????
We also made some more traditional easy chocolate-covered strawberries that were a big hit too.
Today I’m sharing some tips on how to make chocolate covered strawberries with young children. I saw these awesome marshmallow-filled chocolate strawberry hearts by 1 Fine Cookie on pinterest and thought they were super cute but who was I kidding? It was too advanced for yours truly and my pint-sized assistant.
We simplified ours below, and if you want the full awesome marshmallow-filled recipe please see 1 Fine Cookie. Keep reading to see how we made a kid-friendly version of chocolate covered strawberry hearts….
Supplies for making chocolate-covered strawberry hearts:
- Chocolate candy melts
- Wilton Chocolate & Candy Melt Melting Pot
- Wire cooling rack, jelly roll pan, parchment paper
First, have kids pour the chocolate melts into an unplugged melting pot like Wilton Chocolate & Candy Melt Melting Pot, or gently heat the chocolate wafers in a saucepan on the stove. Avoid the microwave if you can. While the chocolate is melting a safe distance from the kids, have kids wash the strawberries – they can do it!
Next, cut strawberries – older kids can do this step but I found that I had to do it for a five-year-old. We made our strawberry hearts by cutting strawberries in half and then half again, then taking off a smidge of one and secure with a toothpick on an angle like this…
Why cut off the angle? Well, it looks more like a heart once it’s covered in chocolate. We made some that we only cut in half like this…
…which was cute until covered with chocolate and then it didn’t really look too much like a heart. However, this method is easier for kids to put in the toothpick so it’s sort of a trade off. If you want the kids to do it themselves, just use the simple heart version and it will look more like the heart below…
OK, so now that strawberries are assembled, cover the top with chocolate. Kids can do this step. We tried dipping and it didn’t work so well…
So instead we used a rubber-tipped baby spoon to spoon on the chocolate – perfect! Kids can do this step.
Sprinkle time! Lots of sprinkles! Kids excel at putting on the sprinkles on their own.
Pop it in the fridge to harden, then be sure to seal up the back too. The back side is kind of tricky, so I did it myself.
To make the more traditional chocolate-covered strawberries, we decided to first take off the green stem and fill the caps instead.
Then dip the top half into the chocolate.
Sprinkles! Let the kids go nuts here…
Pop them in the refrigerator to harden.
Store chocolate-covered strawberries in the refrigerator. They won’t last too long because the strawberries are cut, but eating them soon clearly wasn’t a problem for us ???? You can check out 1 Fine Cookie for the full recipe for chocolate covered strawberry hearts including marshmallow filling. Happy Valentine’s Day! ????
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