Great for Valentine’s day, Mother’s Day, a birthday party or an everyday treat, these Salted Caramel Covered Strawberries will be a hit with kids and adults!
Why These Salted Caramel Covered Strawberries Are So Good
- These Salted Caramel Covered Strawberries only take about 15 minutes to make and I bet 15 seconds to eat. Oh and I cheated.
- You can use store bought caramel, works great!
- Perfect for Valentine’s day.
- Whipping cream
- Sea salt
- Mixed nuts
One of the tricks to this recipe is to soak the strawberries briefly in ice water to perk up the green stem and improves the succulent texture of the strawberries.
Once they are done soaking, pat very dry with paper towels.
Melt the caramel in the microwave, swirl the strawberry to coat, then into your choice of chopped nuts (quick, someone make them with pistachios!!).
Easy Salted Caramel
Instead of making my own caramel, I got a little help from a yellow bag and a microwave.
Oh how I love modern convenience, especially when it comes to candy coated strawberries!
If you want to be real fancy, I suppose you could make your own salted caramel. But me? I’m just fine with these little nuggets. Melt them in the microwave with some sea salt.
The Secret To Soft Caramel
I also add a little whipped cream while melting the caramel so that your teeth don’t crack when you bite into the strawberries! The cream softens the caramel a bit. If you want to soften the caramel more, add a little more cream while you are melting the caramels.
Additional Toppings For These Covered Strawberries
Strawberries love to marry up with all kinds of interesting ingredients! For this recipe I’ve covered them in mixed nuts. But you can also sprinkle some chopped basil on them, drizzle a splash of balsamic across them or even dust them with a bit of ground pepper.
Top Tips For These Covered Strawberries
- Select ripe strawberries that are bright red (with minimal whiteness on the tips) so they are not only beautiful but flavorful as well. Take care your strawberries aren’t too ripe or they will be mushy. Discard any strawberries with soft spots.
- Prep everything. You want your strawberries, workspace and all toppings prepped so once your caramel is melted there is no time between dipping, coating and placing. To prep, simply line a baking sheet with parchment paper (so its easily transportable) and make all of your coating preparations such as chopping, toasting etc. then place coatings in dippable bowls.
- Wash and dry strawberries VERY WELL. Your strawberries must be completely dry before dipping otherwise the moisture will cause the chocolate to seize and turn lumpy and solidify.
- Make sure to soak the strawberries in cold water before dipping them.
- Add more whipping cream to your caramel if you want it softer.
- You can store them in the fridge for up to 8 hours.
Video Recipe For Salted Caramel Covered Strawberries
If you’re a video type of person, my good friend Eric of Gardenfork.tv made a quick video of the Salted Caramel Covered Strawberries (with cameos from his beautiful dogs!)
Check Out These Other Delicious Desserts
- Apple Cinnamon Bourekas
- Best Tiramisu Recipe
- Chilled Tapioca Pearls Recipe with Sweet Coconut & Melon
Have you tried this Covered Strawberries recipe? Feel free to leave a star rating and I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
Salted Caramel Covered Strawberries Recipe
- 10 large fresh strawberries
- 20 caramels
- 1 1/2 tablespoons whipping cream
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 cup coarsely chopped mixed nuts peanuts and almond slivers
- Wax paper
- Soak strawberries in a ice bath for 5 minutes to restore their perky leaves
- Pat strawberries completely dry with paper towels
- Microwave caramels, whipping cream, and salt in a microwave-safe bowl at MEDIUM(50% power) 2 minutes or until smooth, stirring at 1-minute intervals.
- Dip each strawberry halfway into caramel mixture. Roll in nuts, and place on lightly greased wax paper. Let stand 15 minutes. Serve immediately, or cover and chill up to 8 hours.
This was delicious thanks so much for the recipe, was a huge hit with the family !
Did you mean whipped cream or heavy whipping cream in the recipe? And, what does this add to the finished product? I guess my question is what is it for?
Do you have to use the sea salt, or can it be regular table salt?
As far as that goes, can you void salt out completely or would it throw the whole recipe off? Thank you for your response! (:
I like the strawberries .. Very delicious …
Wow those look amazing. I just made dark chocolate strawberries at home. I have a local stand that has strawberries that are about 2x the normal size.
I’m anxious to test this recipe out 😉
Do you need to thoroughly dry the strawberries just like for the chocolate covered strawberries or no?
yes, pat them dry very well.
I’m reading two conflicting things. One set to dry them completely and the other says to dip them in cold water just before dipping them in the caramel. Which is it? If we soak them in cold water are we supposed to dry them completely after soaking them in cold water also?
Hi! Soak in ice water first (to re-plump up the leaves and berry…the water will soak into the leaves), then pat very dry so there is no water on surface of strawberry.
Oh my WORD!!!!! these look fantastic!!!!!
omg. Can you say delicious?! I love how something so simple can be sooo alluring!
These were a perfect refreshing treat! Mine turned out great:
These look so good. Trying these soon.
Jaden, these look unreal! Yummm!!!
I recently came up with a sugar-candied strawberry recipe, but the strawberries started to bleed and shrink about 20 minutes after dipping. I wonder if the ice water trick would have helped.
The recipe: http://arfoodie.wordpress.com/2010/06/21/recipe-inventioneering-candied-balsamic-strawberries/
Your input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for sharing this.
Very good presentation, but for how many seconds before all disapear! hi hi hi
oh, loverly .. i think they’re flirting with me. and i’m a-SWOONIN’!! *drool* i’m in love.
Tried them for a get together at the office and they were a BIG hit. Will definetly make them again. And yes if they sit out awhile the caramel doesn’t stick to well to the strawberry so you have to eat them shortly after being placed out.
Do you have to eat these right away ? I would think the caramel would get to hard to eat them
nope – but you refrigerate them yes, the caramel hardens.
if you leave the strawberries too long, like 3-4 hours, the caramel gets a little too soft (strawberries wet)
I just made these to take to a BBQ and all I can say is WOW. I may be covering everything I eat from here on out with salted caramel.
I found that the skewer was unnecessary, my hands worked better.
The caramel slid off the berries a bit in the first round but not so much in the second. I’m not sure why….too many variables. Runny caramel? Wet berries? Summer in Houston? Not moving fast enough?
Anyhow, they taste AMAZING.
Oh, yum! They look fancy enough for guests, but easy enough for the everyday! I can’t wait to try!
Ok, I so looked forward to trying this recipe, and preparing this dessert for a co-workers last day on the job. My daughter and I prepared everything per the recipe, plated the strawberries, let them stand for 15 minutes, covered them with saran wrap and placed them in the fridge overnight. When I pulled the trays from the fridge in the morning, all the caramel and nuts were in a mostly liquidy pool around the strawberries. Needless to say, they weren’t salvageable, so we went with plan B – a berry trifle. I will say, the ONE strawberry I tried before tucking them away for the night was delicious!!!!
Oh snap! I have a salted caramel strawberries recipe I meant to post around Christmas, but I got buried and never got around to it. You totally beat me to it. 😉
Thanks for posting this recipe! I’ve shared it with family and friends and it gets rave reviews everytime. I don’t know if I’ll ever make chocolate covered strawberries again! This is the perfect desert for any get together-bbq/baby shower/wine tasting, you name it!
I am definitely going to try this!
When I went to America I bought a tonne of these Caramels home with me. They are so delicious. You cant get them here in Sydney. I love this recipe.
oh my gawd!!! i love caramels and this will surely taste like heaven in my mouth. you’re so mean! (in a nice way…hehehe!)
I just love the sweet and salty combo, plus my fave strawberries. yum.
Mmmm. This looks so good! I’ve always loved strawberries dipped in chocolate. I’m pretty sure I’ll love this too. It’s a perfect sweet treat since it combines the healthiness of the strawberry to the sweetness of the caramel. I can’t wait to try them. I’m pretty sure my roommate would love it if I’d make some.
So clever! Such a simple, impressive dessert. This goes on my must-try list immediately!
My boys love chocolate-dipped strawberries, so I know they’d go “nuts” over this recipe. And since caramel happens to be on my top-10 list for favorite foods (second only to avocados), I know I’d love them too. Thanks for the recipe and the inspiration to eat more fruit!!
Mmmm – I have some strawberries in the fridge that will go to waste if I don’t do something with them and this sounds perfect (esp. with the shortcut route!)
This sounds great! I’ve had chocolate covered strawberries, but not caramel covered!
Hahaha, you made them sound so sophisticated, yet delectable at the same time. 15 seconds to down one? Nah … I doubt that.
I’m going to make these for Easter. I was asked to make a Mexican Chocolate Cake and these would be beautiful lining the cake!
These look beautiful and messy and gooey and fun. Definitely my kind of sweet snack! Love your photos, as always.
Great idea. This will be something to make for Easter.
oh wow Jaden, these look amazing. I would never know when to stop eating them!
Those look amazing Jaden!! And it’s almost health food with the fruit, right?! 🙂
These look awesome! I’m putting these on the must try list! Thanks for the great idea. Stopping by to visit from the FBF. Have a great weekend 🙂
Dang… those look good. Never would have thought of it. Thanks!
Oh. My. Goodness! Can’t wait for strawberries to be in season over here so I can give this recipe a try!
Oh how I wish I could eat peanuts again.. I might try this with chocolate! 😀
wow, look at that, I’m already drooling, great color, looks delicious!!
Yummy!!! Love strawberries and caramel is the best isn’t it??
Pure genius Jaden, I love how you utilize everything around you to make simple, sophisticated dishes, like this lovely dessert.
P.S. If I do ever decide to start selling mini cupcakes. I’ll trade you a dozen of your choice of cupcakes for some of these salted caramel covered strawberries. Deal? 🙂
Salted caramel has been a favorite of mine for a long time, but I always think of it with chocolate. This twist with strawberries is a delicious combination!
Wow. Those look delicious. Too bad I didn’t see those a few days ago…before I discovered I am allergic to strawberries. Maybe I will make salted caramel apples, not the same but better than nothing.
Wow! These are beautiful and I am sure they are as equally delicious. So simple to do also. Thanks Jaden.
Great idea 🙂 I love the way the strawberries looked with the caramel 😀
Oh so delicious!
Those look so good its not right. I’m going to have to try and make them this weekend! Costco has some awesome looking strawberries, I may have to go back.
This looks dangerously easy! Yummy!
Yum! How fun!
My daughter and niece just made these and have eaten most of them already.
Gorgeous! Nice tip about the ice bath too.
15 minutes? I want them now!!
Such a great idea. Give me something to do with strawberries this summer. I find them hard to be creative with. You can’t really cook with them much because they don’t hold up. But a new, fresh idea like this is great.
And lovely pix.
Oh, gosh, beautiful and yummy desert. It’d be the superstar in any social gatherings. I’ll make some to surprise my friends in the coming party. Love the idea of modern convenience, esp. when we have to handle heaps of tasks at a time. Thanks for this brilliant recipe!
Wow…strawberries instead of apples! I am totally sold! 🙂 What a neat combination and best of all…smaller bites!
I wonder how these would taste with Salted Carmen Ice Cream? Would it be a Salted Carmel overload? Can there be such a thing?
Ha! MY BFF was making my salted caramel frosting and he called me to say “You say make a caramel, but I don’t see any caramels in the ingredients.”
I’m on a huge salted caramel kick lately — I love the idea on strawberries!
As a big fan of salted caramel, I can’t believe I never thought of marrying it with strawberries! What a wonderful treat!
I would like a plate of these send to my desk….immediately!
Your photo is absolutely gorgeous!
A. your photography is stunning
B. so smart soaking them in water!!!
C. these look delicious…and easy! 🙂 Thanks!
what a splendid combination! a wonderful idea!
Oooh, I like!
What a perfect twist on the beloved chocolate-covered strawberry!
Oooooh… how fun! My daughter is a dipped berry addict so… it’ll be fun to try them in caramel with her. Thanks!
Soo cute! Juicy, creamy and nutty.. a perfect combo!!
Can’t wait for strawberry season to try this.
I suppose having them with a caramel cake would be too much?
Nah. Never too much caramel.
OMG…What a fantastic idea! As usual, your photos are gorgeous, Jaden!
Like a ray on sunshine… fresh & gorgeous!
Yum! And what an inventive departure from the typical chocolate covered berries. I want some of these and I want them now!
Oh my. I thought I’m already satisfied with chocolate dipped strawberries but being a big fan of caramel, this is definitely worth a try. We might have those Kraft caramel but not too sure. If not, there’ no reason why I shouldn’t make my own caramel. Tempting!!
Cute, like caramel apples with strawberries, instead. Very clever!
I can’t think of anything to say but YUM! And can you please just hop on over to Tokyo with a box full of those beautiful treats? K, thanks, see you soon!