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Best Overall: Edible Arrangements
Following a stint working at McDonald's, 17-year-old Tariq Farid used a small family loan to buy a local flower shop. Proving himself a precocious entrepreneur, Farid quickly expanded to four shops. Thirteen years later, these seeds bore fruit when Farid created Edible Arrangements, a franchise food business targeting the gifting segment. Now Edible Arrangements has more than 1,000 locations around the world.
Edible Arrangements earns the title of Best Overall for its broad selection, solid value, and flexible delivery. In addition to flower-inspired designs, Edible Arrangements offers many varieties of hand-dipped, chocolate-covered strawberries.
Unique selections include the Lemon Icebox Berries (strawberries dipped in lemon white chocolate and coated with white chocolate "swizzle" or "white crispies"), the Strawberry Shortcake Cookies Box (white chocolate-dipped strawberries covered in graham cracker crumbles and bundled with strawberry cookies), and the Create Your Own Box, which you can fill with a wide variety of chocolate-coated fruits, including 18 different kinds of hand-dipped strawberries.
For the Create Your Own Box, you must have at least three of any one variety. Each box holds a dozen, so you can choose up to four different flavors of dipped strawberry per box. Finally, check out the fruit-stuffed strawberries. These are epic strawberries stuffed with chunks of banana or pineapple, then dipped in chocolate.
Edible Arrangements offers free local delivery in areas with franchise locations, and also ships to almost anywhere in the United States via UPS. Prices range from around $30 to $80, plus shipping, if necessary.
Best Budget: Amazon
Amazon delivers everything, so naturally, its ships chocolate-covered strawberries too. This is where the bargains are.
If you have Amazon Prime and a Whole Foods in your area, you can get a half dozen chocolate-covered strawberries from the bakery department for around $3. That’s by far the best deal on chocolate-covered strawberry delivery you’re likely to find anywhere.
If you’re willing to think outside the berry, Whole Foods also carries organic freeze-dried, chocolate-covered strawberry slices by Natierra, also a great deal at $5.49 per 1.5-ounce bag. Golden State Fruit offers chocolate-covered strawberries through Amazon as well. There's the standard white, dark, and milk chocolate-covered berries, plus strawberries coated with chocolate and crushed nuts. Shipping is free with Prime.
The best deals here are from Whole Foods and Golden State fruit. You can get a full dozen chocolate-dipped strawberries from Golden State for under $40, with free shipping. That's a fantastic price.
Best for All Occasions: Shari's Berries
Shari’s Berries is owned by 1-800-Flowers, which has multiple brands under its many-petaled umbrella, including Harry & David, FruitBouquets.com, 1-800-Baskets, and more. Between these brands, there are dozens of chocolate-covered strawberry selections.
Choose berries with lettering that spells out different messages, berries that come with donuts, or berries that come with cheesecake pops. There are colorful, champagne-infused, white chocolate-covered strawberries, and wedding-themed strawberries in little chocolate tuxedos and white chocolate bridal gowns. There are emoji and ladybug-shaped strawberries and even chocolate-covered jalapenos.
Prices and shipping options vary. Some orders are fulfilled by local shops, while others must be shipped overnight from farther afield. Expect to pay more than $50, unless you are already a “celebrations passport” holder. For a yearly fee of around $30, customers with a passport receive free nationwide shipping on eligible items.
Best Luxury: Hazelton's
Hazelton's was founded in Toronto in 1985 when an exhaustive local search for a unique, authentic gift proved fruitless. The company has since conquered all of Canada, becoming the No. 1 gift basket delivery service in the country. The company has customers all over the world, including in Europe, Australia, Japan, Dubai, Israel, China, and Korea.
The best part of Hazelton's is its emphasis on luxury. Not only can you choose from among numerous chocolate-covered strawberry arrangements that are presented in all manner of unique, decorative vessels, but you can also bundle your gift with a wide variety of high-end add-ons; choose from champagne, beer, wine, brandy, fine cheese, gourmet foods and, best of all, stuffed teddy bears.
You can add cards for any occasion, with personalized messages, and Hazelton’s has strawberries tailored for most holidays.
Prices vary, and the shipping costs are more expensive than most. Hazelton's isn't a good budget option, but when you want to include a bottle of Cristal, this is your huckleberry.
Best Gift Box: Godiva
Godiva was founded in Belgium in 1926, and in 1968 it was named the official chocolatier to the royal court of Belgium, thus minting its golden reputation for quality and opulence. Arguably one of the world's most recognizable chocolate brands, Godiva's beautiful golden boxes announce the luxurious jewels that lie within.
When it comes to covered strawberries, Godiva offers only three options: milk, dark, and mixed, in half-dozen options. You're not here for nuts, crispies, emojis, or swizzle drizzle: You're here for that brand name and the shiny golden vessel that lets the recipient know how deeply you treasure them.
A half dozen dipped strawberries cost around $42, plus shipping. A dozen costs about $80. Shipping is available to residential addresses in the lower 48 United States. There are only two shipping options: next day or Saturday overnight. To ship a half-dozen strawberries costs around $20 and goes up at the rate of roughly $5 per additional half dozen. Saturday overnight delivery costs a touch more.
Best Sneaky Surprise: Mrs. Fields
Founded in 1977 in Palo Alto, California, Mrs. Fields was originally focused on homestyle, fresh-baked cookies, but the brand has since expanded to soft-serve frozen yogurt and now the gifting universe at large. When you send a Mrs. Fields box, the recipient is going to be thinking cookies. They'll definitely be surprised to lift the lid and behold beautiful berries.
But Mrs. Fields is not trying to innovate the chocolate-covered strawberry. As with Godiva, you’re here for the brand, not the selection. Mrs. Fields is a well-known and recognizable name that many people love, and the vibe is a bit more casual and fun.
The greatest hits are all here: You can get berries in milk, dark, and white chocolate, embellished with the standard decorative flourishes, nuts, and so on. The sea salt and caramel Belgian chocolate-covered berries look particularly tasty. You may want to throw in some cookies and brownies too, just in case.
A half dozen Mrs. Fields strawberries go for about $30, while a dozen sells for about $40 or roughly $45, depending on the presence of nuts, caramel, and the like. As usual with chocolate-covered strawberries, Mrs. Fields ships these babies nationwide overnight for about $26.
Most Unique: Tru Fru
Most of the chocolate-covered strawberries out there are, frankly, not especially unique. Browsing the aisles of the internet leaves one with the impression that more than a few vendors of these juicy morsels are engaged in pure, shameless commerce, showing up merely to capitalize on a popular, high-margin item in the gift space.
Tru Fru earned itself a spot on this list by offering something deliciously different. Tru Fru's strawberries are freeze-dried, preserving the shape, fresh flavor, and 97% percent of the fruit's nutrients. Then, they're wrapped in dark chocolate and sealed in a snack bag for anytime enjoyment.
Don't take our word for it. One customer described their experience with the brand saying, "Oh my yum wow, seriously these new healthy freeze dried chocolates are incredible. We love how crunchy they are on the inside. A common snack taken to the next level. Thanks for being incredible innovators."
Unlike fresh, chocolate-covered strawberries, Tru Fru's berries have a long shelf life. Though heat is still an enemy of these chocolate-covered snacks, expensive overnight shipping is not necessary. A box of six bags is roughly $39, and shipping is free. It may not have the same splash as a Godiva box, but the enjoyment and the price are surely competitive. Tru Fru ships on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays to the lower 48 United States.
How We Chose the Best Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
We looked at about two dozen services. We wish there were more, but pickings are a little slim in the chocolate-covered strawberry patch. Fresh strawberries are perishable and delicate, and chocolate melts, both challenging conditions for delivery. There’s nothing more disappointing than the arrival of a melted, soggy berry. It’s a high stakes game.
Playing it properly requires a company with dedication, fortitude, and logistical expertise. Edible Arrangements, our choice for Best Overall, is as focused on iys proprietary supply chain as it is on creative and unique designs. The brands in the 1-800-Flowers portfolio have been delivering fruit for decades, and Godiva knows a thing or two about preventing melted chocolate. So go forth, and click with confidence.