chocolate dipped strawberries pretzels fundraiser idea

21 February 2018

Hello! My oldest daughter is trying to earn money to go on a humanitarian trip to Mexico this summer and so for Valentine’s day we did a chocolate covered strawberry / chocolate dipped pretzeI fundraiser. It was very successful and it would be great for Mother’s Day as well so I thought I’d share what we did.

chocolate covered strawberries fundraiser

We offered 6 chocolate dipped strawberries for $10 and
3 caramel chocolate dipped pretzel rods for $6 with delivery on February 13 or February 14.

She made up a little digital flyer on PicMonkey

and then texted it to all of our neighbors, church friends, her friends, teachers, leaders, co-workers, etc. Small business owners are great to contact as well to see if they would like to order for their employees. We were going to do some paper flyers but everyone responded really well to the text and email. She received most payments through Venmo and kept track of the orders on a chart.

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

- strawberries (we found the best at Sam’s Club and Costco) – you’ll want to check out who has the best and be ready to buy the day before or morning of. Buy extra because not all strawberries in the package are pretty or ripe.

- milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips (we love Ghirardelli from Sam’s but others work as well) see recipe below.

- pretzel rods – we had great luck with Snyder’s, very few were broken. We just bought them at Wal-mart.

- caramel to dip(see recipe below)

- holiday themed sprinkles, if desired

- white chocolate for drizzling. We just used the ready made almond bark at the store and these little squeeze bottles made it a breeze to drizzle.

- clear hinged containers – we used these from Amazon since we had almost exactly 50 orders, if you have more these are a better deal at Sam’s Club.

- clear cellophane bags – these were wider than we needed but ended up working out and are a good quality, stiff cellophane. I think an ideal size would be 7X15

- ribbon – I have a huge ribbon stash that we used but this is a good deal red ribbon.

- paper to line bottom of trays (optional) I just used red and white polka dot wrapping paper from Hobby Lobby and we secured it with a few small pieces of double stick tape. Scrapbook paper would also work.

chocolate covered strawberries dipped

1. Day/night/weeks before: order supplies online and in stores, cut ribbon, line containers with paper (optional), map out delivery route and let them know what time you’ll be coming. Do a test run to make sure you’ve got the caramel, chocolate, and dipping down.

2. Morning of delivery: rinse all berries and set out to dry on paper towels. They must be completely dry to dip. Separate the pretty berries and save the not so pretty ones to freeze for smoothies or to make jam. We tried to do 2 big strawberries and 4 medium ones per package.

3. Make the caramel.

Caramel Recipe we love:
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk – we like Eagle Brand best
Mix all ingredients in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, constantly stirring. Bring to a boil and cook for about 4 minutes or until you drop some in ice water and it forms a soft ball that you can bend. Pour into a crock pot on warm setting or into a tall drinking glass (perfect for dipping)

caramel chocolate dipped pretzels

4. Dip pretzels in caramel, lay on wax or parchment paper to cool and take them out to the garage immediately. (if it’s cool out there, otherwise it helps to put them in the fridge or freezer immediately to help them set. It was about 40 degrees here so the temperature in the garage was perfect)

5. Make chocolate dip

Get a large glass microwaveable bowl. Add:
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups milk chocolate chips (or whatever combination you like best)
4 tsp shortening or coconut oil
Microwave, stopping and stirring every 30 seconds until melted OR you can melt over low heat in saucepan. Don’t overcook!

6. Dip strawberries about 2/3 of the way up, set on trays lined with wax or parchment paper. Let cool in garage, fridge, or freezer (don’t let them freeze though, just enought to cool!)

7. When the caramel on the pretzel rods is set, dip the pretzels in the chocolate. Again, chocolate in a drinking glass is perfect for this. Now is the time to add sprinkles if you would like. We saved some to drizzle with white chocolate and you could also do nuts.

chocolate caramel dipped pretzels

8. When the chocolate on the strawberries is set, melt the white chocolate in the microwave and then immediately pour into squeeze bottles or in a Ziploc bag with a tiny corner cut off and drizzle away! (I forgot to take pictures during this whole process so this was one of the leftover batches that wasn’t the prettiest but you get the idea)

chocolate covered strawberries

9. When they are all completely cooled and set, package them up! Be super careful with the pretzel rods, they can break easily.

packaged chocolate covered strawberries

chocolate dipped pretzels fundraiser

A few other tips here:

- We had 50 packages of strawberries (300!) and 70 pretzel bags (210 pretzels) to do between 2 days -- some wanted delivery Feb 13, some wanted Feb 14. That was good to break them up but we didn’t begin until 2:30 p.m. on the 13th (I had washed all the berries that morning so they were dry by then) and were SCRAMBLING to get them out the door by 9 p.m. that night. It takes a long time even with 3-4 helpers! But we burned a batch of chocolate and didn’t cook the caramel long enough on another so we had to start over on that but I would have checked her out of school at noon and be sure to have everything cleared off your calendar so you aren’t rushing like we were!

- I mentioned earlier to do a trial run! Everyone has different microwaves, pans, chocolate chips, etc. so it’s good to get it down so you know what you are doing the day of. 

- Buy extra supplies and make extra pretzels! You are going to break some pretzels while dipping and packaging and you don’t want to be running to the store in the middle of it all.

- Friends are great to help – be sure to have them pull their hair back and wear gloves! We had people dipping, drizzling, running pans back and forth to the garage, cutting paper, packaging, tying ribbons, separating for delivery.

- If you are doing a LOT it may be helpful to have a procession line and have crockpots on warm and keep filling them with caramel and chocolate.

- You don’t have to offer delivery but most of ours were right in the area around our house. It is a perfect fundraiser for Valentines or Mother’s Day!

packaged chocolate dipped pretzels

Good luck! It is a lot of work for the 2 days but she ended up making $900 after supplies (people were very generous to donate extra since it was for a humanitarian trip) so it was well worth it. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions!


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