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02 July 2012

4th of July Strawberries

Well, they don't have to be relegated to just the 4th of July...you can make them anytime you want.  Though with the red white and blue color scheme they are perfect for the upcoming Independence Day holiday.

I happened to have a red, white, and blue nonpareil mix on hand, so I decorated a few of the berries with it rather than just the plain blue sprinkles.  But, I think I prefer the look of the blue ones over the triple colored...

You can use any type of white candy coating or white chocolate, it's entirely your preference.  If you use white chocolate, it will be more ivory than white and it will typically give you a much thicker coating (unless you thin it slightly with a bit of vegetable oil) than white almond bark or candy melts.  These are best made the day of your party, but you can hold them overnight in the refrigerator, if needed.

4th of July Strawberries
Printable Recipe
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Ingredients:

  • Fresh strawberries, rinsed and dried (or wiped clean with a damp paper towel)
  • White chocolate chips OR white almond bark OR white candy melts, melted
  • Blue sprinkles or nonpareils
Preparation:
  1. Make sure the strawberries are completely dry before you begin dipping them.  Any water could possibly cause your coating to seize, making it unusable.  Line a sheet pan with parchment or wax paper.
  2. Microwave your coating (chips, bark, or melts) in 30 second intervals, stirring after each, until just melted.  Keep an eye on the coating; white chocolate burns quickly!
  3. Dip each strawberry at least halfway into the melted coating.  Tap the excess coating off, then immediately shake the sprinkles/nonpareils over the bottom half of the dipped portion of the berry.  (I find it is handy to apply the sprinkles over a small plate or bowl, so I can catch the extras then re-use them.)
  4. Place the dipped and sprinkled berry onto the parchment lined pan.  Allow the coating to harden completely before removing from the pan.  (You can pop them in the refrigerator to speed the hardening process.)
Happy eating!




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