I know, I know...strawberries are so delicious on their own why mess with them? Well, because they're delicious AND cute when you mess with them, of course. I saw these patriotic strawberries on Baking Bites, and thought they would be great for a quick treat to take to summertime picnics. I made these for a Memorial Day picnic but they would be equally appropriate for the 4th of July. These are quick, easy, and you don't even have to turn on your oven.
The strawberries I used were HUGE! Some were the size of small apples, but you can use any size berries you can find in your grocery (or garden if you're lucky)! Here's how to make them:
Strawberries- As many as you plan to dip
1 pkg.white chocolate chips or white dipping chocolate (bark)- found with baking supplies
Blue sanding sugar or sprinkles (The kind you decorate cookies with)
- Wash your strawberries and let them dry thoroughly. Pat dry if necessary. Set aside.
- Line a baking sheet or tray with wax paper or nonstick foil.
- Pour about half of the sanding sugar into a small bowl.
- In another small bowl, melt white chocolate according to directions on package. I usually melt it in small increments in the microwave on low power until about 80% of it is melted. I then stir it until it is completely melted. If it is too thick, add about 1/2 teaspoon shortening (like Crisco) and stir until melted and smooth.
- Holding a strawberry by the leaves on the stem end, dip into the white chocolate to cover about 2/3 of the berry. Let the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl. (If there's a "glob" of chocolate on the end of the berry, scrape it off onto the side of the bowl.)
- Dip the bottom third of the chocolate covered berry into the blue sanding sugar.
- Carefully place each berry onto the prepared tray or baking sheet to set. (They will set quicker in the refrigerator.) Refrigerate until time to serve. These are best served the same day they are prepared!