Adorable matcha white chocolate covered strawberries in under 30 minutes! Make these for parties, get togethers, or as gifts for your loved ones. <3
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About these cute matcha-covered strawberries
With Valentine’s Day coming up, I wanted to put my own spin on chocolate covered strawberries. Since I’ve only had milk, dark, and white chocolate covered strawberries before, I thought homemade matcha strawberries would be a fun idea!
check out my bear chocolate-covered strawberries recipe!
Wait, what’s matcha?
If you haven’t had matcha before, it’s a powder made up of finely ground green tea leaves. Taste wise, it’s usually described to have mellow grassy notes, leaving a refreshing taste in your mouth. It can be enjoyed by as tea or added to desserts like ice cream, cakes, cookies, and more!
Strawberry + matcha + white chocolate = perfection!
Matcha powder is already known to pair SO well with white chocolate & strawberries, which makes this recipe a no brainer—you get to enjoy the tartness if the strawberries, the sweetness and creaminess of the white chocolate, and the earthiness of the matcha.
These Valentine’s day strawberries are the perfect gift for any strawberry or matcha lover… and any frog lover, if you decorate them just as I did. If I haven’t convinced you to make this recipe yet, check out the reasons below on why you’ll love this recipe.
why you’ll love this recipe <3
- Quick and easy to make: This recipe, along with any decorations, should take about 30 minutes to an hour.
- Unique: Matcha-covered strawberries are a bit harder to find… especially if they’re shaped like frogs! In my opinion, unique flavors & designs make a homemade gift even more special. After all, who wouldn’t love to receive froggy strawbs?
- Versatile: You can decorate them with so many different things and play around with a bunch of textures, designs, and flavors. For example, you can drizzle on different chocolates or add sprinkles, nuts, shredded coconut, crushed candies, and more.
- Great for hosting: Chocolate-covered strawberries are always amazing to have at a party! And since it’s quick & easy to whip up, you can make a bunch of them at once.
- Toothpicks: I like to skewer the tops of the strawberries. This creates a handle so I can easily dip them in melted chocolate.
- Knife: I used a knife to drizzle on matcha chocolate for that stripe effect.
- Microwave-safe bowls: These will be used to heat the chocolate wafers in the microwave. Use as many bowls for as many colors you have.
- Small silicone spatula: For stirring the melted chocolate. You can always use a spoon or knife!
- Wax or parchment paper: For lining the baking tray. This is where you will let the strawberries dry.
- Baking tray
- Ghiradelli melting wafers: In terms of ease, taste, and quality, I believe this is the best chocolate for chocolate covered strawberries, especially for beginners. For this recipe, I used both white and dark chocolate. The white chocolate was mixed with matcha, and a bit was dyed red for the blush. The dark chocolate was used for the frog faces.
- Matcha powder: Culinary-grade matcha is great to use here, since ceremonial is meant more for hot tea. I like using Aiya matcha.
- Food coloring: This is optional, in case you want to add blush to the frogs. Oil-based food coloring is best so the chocolate doesn’t seize. But if you don’t have it, you can add a bit of neutral oil (canola, vegetable) to smooth out seized chocolate.
- Toppings: Feel free to add on finely chopped nuts, shredded coconut, sprinkles, etc.
How to make matcha white chocolate strawberries
- Skewer strawberries. Insert a toothpick to the tops of each strawberry. This creates handles so the strawberries are easier to dip.
- Melt white chocolate wafers in microwave. In a microwave-safe bowl, add white chocolate wafers. Heat in microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until fully melted. Set aside about 1 tbsp and dye this pink/red for the blush later on.
- Stir in matcha powder.
- Dip strawberries. Hold the toothpick handle and dip the strawberries into the matcha white chocolate. Either fully dip for regular matcha-covered strawberries, or halfway to later create the frog design. Gently scrape excess chocolate on rim of bowl. Reheat chocolate in microwave at 15-second intervals as needed.
- Add toppings and decorations. While chocolate is still wet, add any sprinkles, finely chopped nuts, etc. Otherwise, let matcha chocolate fully dry. Then, drizzle on extra chocolate or use a toothpick to draw on frog eyes. Melt some milk/dark chocolate and use this to draw on the eyes + mouths, then the red/pink chocolate for the blush.
- Completely dry strawberries before dipping: If the strawberries are wet, it will be harder for the chocolate to stick. Plus, adding water to the melted chocolate may cause it to seize.
- Use high quality chocolate or melting wafers: I like to use Ghiradelli melting wafers. They’re tasty, melt really easily, dry quickly, and are pretty much no fuss. If using chocolate chips, you’ll need to thin them out with coconut oil. Using melting wafers just make this recipe much easier.
How long do chocolate covered strawberries last? Unfortunately, not too long. They’re best eaten day of.
If strawberries are left out for hours at room temperature, they will start to sweat and become soggy. Keep this in mind when making them for a party or hosting. I do not recommend leaving them at room temperature for more than 6 hours.
For longer storage, arrange the cute froggie matcha white chocolate strawberries in a single layer in a container. Top strawberries with paper towel, which will help absorb any moisture. Close airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. When removing from the fridge, let the container come to room temperature (about 15-20 minutes) before opening. This step will help prevent the chocolate from sweating.
Do NOT freeze the strawberries because when thawed, they will become a mushy mess!
I recommend using culinary grade matcha. Artfultea says ceremonial grade is used more for traditional tea drinking, while culinary is best used for lattes and desserts.
Read the section above for proper storage. When refrigerating, I recommend adding a sheet of paper towel on top of the strawberries to absorb any extra moisture.
Other matcha DESSERTS
Froggie Matcha White Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- 1 knife, for drizzling chocolate
- 3 microwave-safe bowls, 1 large, 2 small
- 1 small silicone spatula, or spoon or knife to stir chocolate
- 1 baking tray
- wax or parchment paper
For the matcha white chocolate strawberries:
For the matcha white chocolate strawberries:
- Line baking tray with wax paper.
- Insert toothpicks in the top of each strawberry and line up the strawberries on your tray. The toothpicks will be your handles for dipping.
- In a large microwave-safe bowl, add 10 oz of Ghiradelli white chocolate melting wafers. Heat in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until fully melted.
- Set about 1 tbsp of melted chocolate aside in a small microwave-safe bowl. Dye with pink or red food coloring. If using oil-based food coloring, the chocolate will not seize. If using regular food coloring, the chocolate may seize and thicken. You can reverse this by stirring in ½-1 tsp of neutral oil (canola, vegetable) until it smooths out.
- To the remaining melted white chocolate, mix in ½-1 tbsp matcha powder, adjusting to taste.
- For froggie matcha chocolate strawberries, dip halfway into matcha white chocolate, gently scrape excess chocolate on side of bowl, then set on lined tray.
- For regular matcha chocolate strawberries, fully dip into matcha white chocolate, gently scrape excess chocolate on side of bowl, then set on lined tray. If using toppings, add while chocolate is still wet. If drizzling chocolate on top, let chocolate on strawberry dry first. Then, use a knife to drizzle extra chocolate on top.
For froggie decorations:
- Use a toothpick dipped in the matcha chocolate to draw on eyes on all of the frogs.
- In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt 2-3 pieces of the Ghiradelli milk or dark chocolate. Dip a toothpick in it and use this to draw on pupils and smiles.
- If necessary, reheat the pink/red white chocolate until melted. Use a toothpick dipped in this to draw on blush.
- See post for proper storage information.