So delicious and so fun to make!
The 4th of July is one of our families favorite times of the year, and chocolate covered Star Spangled Strawberries is one of our favorite treats to make. These delicious berry treats have become an annual tradition for us. Super easy for the kids to make, and everyone loves them.
This holiday takes me back to some of the happiest times of my life. My dad was so much fun, and always wanted us to have a great time. As a July 4th tradition growing up, my family (dad, mom, & sister) would hop in the car and head to Bakersfield California. A close family friend and his huge family lived there, and we never missed a year.
They had a huge ranch with horses, cows, and a variety of farm animals. my sister and I were so lucky to get to race the horses bareback down the railroad tracks , and through the cotton fields. On the way back from the ride I could smell the BBQ going, and the holiday festivities were in full swing. Food, swimming, and a big firework show right in the backyard. My dad was usually in charge of the fireworks, and he would have a blast lighting them up. Wow, how things have changed.
There was food galore, and of course lots of fresh fruit and local strawberries. The strawberries were not quite the Star Spangled Strawberries we make today, but they did leave an impression on me. They were so delicious with a simple display of strawberries, and a side of fluffy whipped cream.
Hopefully my kids will remember making these, and it will bring back great childhood memories for them. 😉
Star Spangled Strawberries
Brody, and Penda had fun making the festive sticks for the strawberry display.
What we used to make the star glitter sticks:
- skewer sticks (cut into 2 1/2 inch pieces, and use pointed end)
- package of stars (buy them colored, or plain and paint them with paint or markers)
- red, white, & blue glitter sticks
The strawberries are beautiful, and delicious. They’re still perfect this time of year. The peak season for strawberries runs April through June. But, depending on where you live the peak season could be different.
These two were so cute, and completely into making the Star Spangled Strawberries.
The white chocolate was super easy to work with, and the kids got creative with the decorations. The sticks worked out great as little handles with they made them.
The best part was of course, eating them. I highly recommend this as a fun kitchen activity for the kids, but the adults can have fun with this too. If you’re looking for a quick treat using strawberries, the kids love the Easy Apple Snacks with sliced strawberries on top.
Let us know if you make them as leave us a comment below.
Star Spangled Strawberries
- Strawberries (washed and dried)
- White chocolate chips
- Blue sugar (Store bought, or you can make your own)
- Red , white, and blue sprinkles
- Candy stars
INGREDIENTS FOR BLUE SUGAR
- 1/2 cup Baker's sugar ultra fine
- Blue food coloring (Using just the plain blue will give the sugar a dull blue)
- Neon blue food coloring (Using just the neon blue will create a turquoise/bright blue)
- (I combined both blues to get a deeper, yet bright blue.)
SUPPLIES FOR STAR SKEWER STICKS
- 1 package skewer sticks
- 1 package stars
- glue (to glue stars to skewer stick)
- glitter sticks (red, white, & blue)
INSTRUCTIONS FOR STAR SKEWER STICKS
- Cut the skewer sticks 2 1/2'' keeping the pointed side (garden sheers cuts these very easily)
- Glue the matte side of star to the skewer stick, (buy the stars colored or plain, and paint them with paint or markers)
- Let dry, then turn it over so the front of the star is facing up.
- Add the glitter glue to the star to give it a sparkle.
- Set aside, and let dry. This could take awhile, so best to let them dry overnight.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR BLUE SUGAR
- Add the sugar to zip lock bag
- Add several drops of the food coloring at a time.
- Press the air out, and seal the baggie.
- Begin mixing the color into the sugar until it's well mixed and you don't see any lumps, or specs of blue.
- The color will be a bit darker when wet. Add more of the blue until desired color.
- Spread evenly out onto plate, and set aside to dry.
- Pour into a small bowl for dipping.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR CHOCOLATE DIPPED STRAWBERRIES
- Start with CLEAN, DRY strawberries. (chocolate won't stick if the strawberry is wet)
- Insert star skewer toothpicks into the top/middle of the strawberries
- Put 1/2 cup white chocolate chips in a glass microwave safe bowl. Heat in microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring in between until well melted. If chips get a little dry, add shortening until it's smooth.
- Pour blue sugar in a bowl, and sprinkles into another bowl.
- Dip the strawberry 2/3 into the melted chocolate, letting any excess drip off.
- Set the strawberry into the sugar, and roll gently 1/3 around the bottom of the strawberry.
- Add sprinkles to the white of the strawberry, or the candy stars. These will not stick to the blue.
- Set on a plate or baking sheet, lined with wax paper.