These super adorable chocolate covered strawberry penguins are seriously the easiest and cutest winter treats. You’ll have an absolute blast making and eating these fruit penguin snacks with melted chocolate, fresh strawberries, and candy garnishes. Both kids and adults will absolutely love them.
Easy Penguin Snacks
Who would have thought strawberries could be so stinkin’ cute! These are so easy to transform into cute penguin characters that bring joy to any Holiday gathering or just a fun kids snack any time of year.
Kids will be enchanted by their cuteness, and adults will enjoy the fresh, fruity taste under the rich chocolate layer. Making these chocolate-covered strawberry penguins is not just a lot of fun, but also an opportunity to unleash your creativity. We especially love to make these for Christmas.
What You’ll Need
- Fresh strawberries– Fresh strawberries are a must.
- Chocolate– You can use whatever kind of chocolate you like, semi-sweet, milk chocolate or even dark chocolate.
- For the Face– You will need candy eyeballs and round orange sprinkles, for the beak, to create the super cute face.
How to Make Chocolate Covered Strawberry Penguins
- Prep the strawberries: Wash and dry the strawberries. Place the skewers into the end of the strawberry to keep your fingers out of the chocolate.
- Melt the chocolate: Chop the chocolate and place it in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave it for 30-second intervals at 50% power until melted and smooth. Stir between each interval.
- Dip the strawberry: Dip the strawberry into the chocolate, leaving a triangle chocolate free for the belly of the penguin. Then, add the eyes above the belly and then press the sprinkles into the strawberry under the eyes to be the beak.
- Let Set: Lastly, place the skewers in an upright position until the chocolate sets, about 20-30 minutes. Then enjoy the penguin cuteness as part of a fresh arrangement for Christmas, a special snack, or just because they are the cutest animals.
Tips for Strawberry Penguins
- Make sure to use ripe, red strawberries for the best result. Do not use frozen strawberries.
- Store your creations in the fridge until you’re ready to eat them. However, they should ideally be eaten the same day you make them as this recipe does not freeze well.
- No coconut oil needed. Although coconut oil or shortening is usually added to the chocolate, the moisture in the strawberries softens the chocolate enough to give you the same consistency.
- Depending on the brand of candy eyeballs you use, sometimes when moisture gets into the black part of the eye, it can bleed. Keep this in mind when placing your creations in the fridge. For this recipe, I used Wilton brand candy eyeballs.
- For the beak, I use Candy Confetti Sprinkles.
Candy Eye Variations:
If you don’t have candy eyeballs, you can use other small candies, like M&Ms or even chocolate chips to create the eyes for your chocolate strawberry penguins.
Can I Use White Chocolate?
Yes, you can add white chocolate on the belly. You can dip the strawberry in white chocolate first to create the white on the belly or paint it on with a paint brush or use parchment paper to create a piping bag to fill in the space. Get creative like you are on the latest episode of the Great British Baking Show and see what you can do if this was one of the decorating challenges.
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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Penguins
- 1 quart fresh strawberries approximately 15-20
- 4 oz chocolate semi-sweet or milk, chopped
- 30-40 candy eyeballs 2 per strawberry
- 30-40 round orange sprinkles 2 per strawberry
- Wash and completely dry the strawberries with paper towels. The chocolate won’t stick to a damp berry.
- Put the chopped chocolate in a small, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the chocolate in 30 sec intervals at 50% power until melted and smooth. Stir between each interval. It should take 5-6 minutes.
- Place a strawberry at the end of the skewer. This just helps keep the chocolate off your fingers. Dip the strawberry into the chocolate, leaving a triangle exposed (for the belly of the penguin). Allow the excess to drip off before pressing 2 of the candy eyeballs into the chocolate above the exposed part of the strawberry. Immediately press two of the round sprinkles into the chocolate just below the eyes. Press them in upright to give you a beak.
- Place the skewers in an upright position until the chocolate sets, about 20-30 minutes. I use a large piece of floral foam for the skewers but an empty jar or tall cup will work as well.
- Enjoy immediately.
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- Paper towels
- Small Microwave-Safe Bowl
- large skewers (for dipping)