June 21, 2020

4TH OF JULY CANDY SWIRLED STRAWBERRIES

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Summer fresh red strawberries coated with white and blue swirled candy melt is a perfect, easy to make dessert for or 4th of July or any patriotic event.

4th of July Candy Swirled Strawberries
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Hello friends. It’s good to be back after a short break to take care of some unexpected family matter. I won't delve into the details but will say the family suffered the loss of an elderly parent and a serious medical condition of another. It’s been one heck of a year—for all of us. I believe there will be a light at the end of the tunnel. We just have to walk through it one step at a time.

But let’s move onto something lighter and delicious!


Surprisingly, the year has gone by rather quickly for me. I can’t believe we are heading into July and Independence Day! Even though it might not be the 4th of July of years past, we can still celebrate.

One item on my dessert table will be these festive, simple, and easy candy swirled strawberries. They are fun to make, fresh, and sweet—a perfect summertime treat!

This is a great recipe to involve the kids. Be warned, I did say this is easy to make, but I didn’t say it is mess free...especially when there are eager little hands to help out ;)


By the way, if you enjoy making these strawberry desserts with the kiddos, you will also have a blast with these Brownie Stuffed Swirled Marshmallow Pops. They too can be made into red, white, and blue themed for 4th of July.

Recipe highlights:
  1. Place white candy melt in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave in specified intervals, stirring after each interval.
  2. Repeat using blue candy melt.
  3. Place blue candy melt into a plastic bag. Snip a small opening in one corner. Draw an asterisk across the top of the white candy melt.
  4. Dip a strawberry (pointed end down) 3/4 way into the candy melt, swirling 180 degrees. Pull strawberries straight up. 
  5. Transfer, cap side down, to a tray. 
  6. Before dipping the next strawberry, pipe additional swirls of blue candy melt into the bowl where the color has faded.
  7. Repeat until all strawberries are coated. 
  8. Refer to recipe card for detailed instructions.  





What is candy melt?
Candy melt might look and taste like white chocolate, but they are not the same. While both share similar ingredients including sugar, milk solids, and flavoring, there is one main difference. White chocolate contains cocoa butter whereas candy melt contains vegetable or palm oil. 

The oil based candy melt is less likely to break or separate when melted than white chocolate, making it a bit easier to work with. They also provide a smoother and creamier coating.


4th of July Candy Swirled Strawberries


Thoroughly dry strawberries:
Keeping liquid out of the candy melt is important. Be sure to thoroughly dry the strawberries prior to dipping. This will ensure the candy melt remains velvety smooth.

I’ll say it again—these candy coated strawberries are so easy and fun to make. I can dip and swirl them all day! Plus they are healthy-ish, allowing me to indulge while providing benefits of antioxidants. Win-win!!

More summertime dessert you might like:


4TH OF JULY CANDY SWIRLED STRAWBERRIES

4th of July Candy Swirled Strawberries


INGREDIENTS:
12 ounce bag bright white candy melt
6 ounces royal blue candy melt
2 pounds fresh strawberries

INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Wash and thoroughly pat dry strawberries.
  2. Place white candy melt in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave at for 1 minute at 50% power. Stir.
  3. Microwave at 20 second intervals at 50% power until melted, stirring after each interval. Stop when candy melt is smooth, creamy, and fluid. Do not overheat.
  4. Place the blue candy melt in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave at for 45 seconds at 50% power. Stir. Microwave at 20 seconds at 50% power. Stir until smooth, creamy, and fluid.
  5. Place blue candy melt into a plastic bag. Close tight. Snip off an 1/8-inch opening in one corner. Draw an asterisk across the top of the white candy melt.


  6. Dip a strawberry (pointed end down) 3/4 way into the candy melt, swirling 180 degrees. Pull strawberries straight up to remove.
  7. Allow candy melt to drip. 
  8. Place on a tray, cap side down to set.
  9. Before dipping the next strawberry, pipe additional swirls of blue candy melt into the bowl where the color has faded.
  10. Repeat steps 6 through 9 until all strawberries are coated. 

Makes about 44 strawberries.


Recipe note:

  • Candy melt could also be  melted over a  double boiler.


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2 comments:

  1. Wow these are beautiful! I'm going to have to try this! I usually just sprinkle with colored sugar or jimmies!

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    1. Thank you Inger. Do try it! You’re going to be glad you did. It’s so fun and so cool :)

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