July 4th Strawberries
This is a fun and easy treat that is perfect for July 4th picnics and get togethers...even the kids will want to jump in and help!
- 1 pint strawberries
- 1 pkg. white chocolate chips or white dipping chocolate (bark)- found with baking supplies
- Blue sanding sugar or sprinkles (cookie decorating sugar)
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. Melt it in small increments in the microwave on low power until about 80% of it is melted, then stir it until completely melted. If 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!