Hi there – Sonya here! Today I’m going to be sharing a fun and easy Valentine’s Day Gift DIY. We’ll be making chocolate covered strawberries in the shape of hearts. Before I dive in, I wanted just to share a little bit about my inspiration for this DIY Valentine’s Day Gift tutorial.
Two years ago for our honeymoon my husband and I visited Japan. Our stay in Kyoto happened to be on Valentine’s Day. Similarly to the U.S., on Valentine’s Day, you gift your loved ones something special. The only difference is that in Japan they primarily gift chocolates instead of cards, jewelry, flowers or other tokens of affection. Oh and also, Valentine’s Day is when the ladies give their gift. There is another day called White Day, which is a month later when the lucky guy who received chocolates will reciprocate his feelings with a gift for his gal.
I later found out that the chocolates gifted on Valentine’s Day are often handmade. This stood out to me because I thought, how often do I take the time to handmake my gifts to show my loved ones how special they truly are. It’s such a sweet, romantic idea I decided that moving forward on Valentine’s Day I would make my gifts instead of purchase them.
Since making chocolates from scratch seemed a little intimidating, I decided to start with something simpler and work my way up. After doing some online research, I found a couple of great tutorials for making chocolate covered strawberries shaped like hearts. Thank you very much Made From Pinterest and One Little Project, for the inspiration!!
Without further ado here is my Youtube tutorial of DIY heart shaped chocolate covered strawberries.
If you don’t have time to watch the full video, below are also quick instructions that should have you making these chocolate covered strawberries in no time.
Valentine’s Day Gift DIY – Heart Shaped Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- 1 bag of melting chocolates – I used Ghirardelli Candy Making & Dipping Dark Melting Wafers, 12 oz
- 1lbs or more of fresh Strawberries
- Marshmallow creme, Nutella or any filling of your choice
- 1 tablespoon of Coconut Oil
- Decorations – I used Walton Glitter Gel
- Thoroughly wash your strawberries and pat them dry
- Trim the green stems off the strawberries, the less of the berry you cut off the top, the more rounded your heart will be
- Cut your berries lengthwise
- Once you have two halves, you’ll want to trim the inside of one berry so that it lies flush against the other half. The two ends should meet in a V-shape
- Trim the top inner corners of both, to get a small V-shape
- Flip them upside down and if you plan to fill them gently cut out the white middle section creating a little divot that will hold your filling
- Toothpick 2 halves together on the top side of the berries so that they create a heart shape. Try to make sure one side of the toothpick sticks out a bit longer than the other side so that you have something to grip when you pour chocolate onto your strawberries
- Pat all your strawberries as dry as possible.
- In the area where you created your small divot, fill it with your filling using a knife to spread it into the indentation
- Place the strawberries in your freezer so the filling stiffens
- While your strawberries are in the freezer start your chocolate
- Place your chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and heat it on defrost in 30-second increments, stirring in between sessions so that the chocolate melts evenly
- Then microwave your coconut oil for about 30 seconds
- Sparingly pour the coconut oil into the chocolate while stirring until your chocolate has a nice smooth consistency that is a bit thicker than syrup
- Let your chocolate cool for a few minutes, otherwise your filling will melt right away and drip everywhere
- Remove your strawberries from the freezer and then gently pour chocolate onto the bottom of your berries with a spoon. I recommend doing this over your bowl of chocolate so that you don’t make a mess
- Place your berries on a paper towel or cooling rack, if you have one
- When finished I like to pop the strawberries back in the fridge to harden
- After 5 minutes or so take your strawberries out and then repeat the same process to the top side. If you have a small knife or spatula, you can use it to smooth the edges and shape the strawberries more neatly
- Let the strawberries harden at room temperature for 5 – 10 minutes, then gently twist the toothpicks out of them
- Place them in the refrigerator again for a few more minutes
- After they are chilled, take your decoration gel and create your designs.
- Then they are ready to gift or eat!
One tip – if you use a gel that does not completely harden, do not layer the strawberries on top of each other, or they will smear.
I hope you found this Valentine’s Day Gift DIY – Chocolate Covered Heart Shaped Strawberries tutorial easy to follow and fun to make!
If you’ve made your own, post a photo on Instagram and tag @IdolCollective. I’d love to see your beautiful creations!
Sonya – Founder, Idol Collective