Add these tasty Red White and Blue Strawberries to your holiday menu! Perfect for the 4th of July or any patriotic holiday, but also can be tweaked with different colored sugars for any event or occasion!
Simply dipped in white chocolate and colored sugar, these patriotic berries are a fun treat that can be included on a brunch buffet, served as a light dessert or even an appetizer.
Red White and Blue Strawberries
This is the first year in over a decade that we won’t be hosting a neighborhood 4th of July party. We usually camp out in our front yard with festive cloth covered card tables donned with mason jars filled with garden flowers. But with our house in the midst of renovations, we could not all fit in our living space in case of inclement weather. Thankfully, some generous neighbors are opening their home so I’ll do my share and create some festive sweets.
These patriotic strawberries are one of the easiest desserts you’ll ever make. Only 3 ingredients needed: strawberries, white chocolate melts and blue sanding sugar. Larger berries with the stems still attached make them easier for dipping, and if you can find dark blue sanding sugar, it works best, but a lighter blue still makes a beautiful patriotic statement!
Tips for Making These Patriotic Strawberries
Red, white and blue desserts are always fun for Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. Who doesn’t love Holiday Recipes?? My family adores these Patriotic Monster Cookies, Patriotic Skillet Cookies and this Berry Cheesecake Flag Cake, but there’s always room for a new recipe! Red, White and Blue Muddy Buddies are a perfect, easy to make munchie or with a little more effort you could whip up this gorgeous Red, White and Blue Cheesecake! And Red, White and Blue Cupcakes are always a winner, especially with the gorgeous swirl of frosting!
To make these fun, festive red white and blue strawberries, follow these tips for the best results:
- PRO-Tip: Buy large strawberries with the stems on so you have more dipping surface and a built in handle for the process.
- Make sure your strawberries are dry before dipping.
- Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper to place your dipped berries on to dry. Having that non-stick surface is key
- Use a small, deep dish for the melted white chocolate. A shallow dish will not allow you to dip 2/3 the way up large berries.
- Use melting wafers if you have access to them. They will dry faster than if you use pure white chocolate.
- I added a teaspoon of vegetable oil to the chocolate so the coating didn’t dry too fast. This is totally optional.
- Dip your berries 2/3-3/4 the way up, then let the excess to drip off before coating with blue sugar.
- Use a dark blue sanding sugar if you can find it, otherwise a lighter blue still looks nice. You can try to dye your own sugar if you’re extra ambitious!
- I tried dipping the coated berries directly into the sugar. But while the chocolate is wet, the dipping process will shift the coating and then it looks messy. I found that using a spoon and sprinkling across the berry about halfway up from the tip of the berry to the top of the chocolate worked much better.
- I just only sprinkled sugar on the front of the berries, since that’s the only side that will be visible on a tray. If you’re so inclined, you could try to sugar all the way around.
- These red white and blue berries taste best on the day they’re made. They will start to sweat as they age, but my family still loved eating them on day two and three.
- These berries work for all sorts of occasions besides patriotic holidays. Dip in pink sugar for Valentine’s Day, green sugar for Christmas, and on and on.
- 12 large strawberries, with stems intact
- 5 ounces White Chocolate Melts, about a half package
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, optional
- 2 tablespoons dark or light blue sanding sugar
Wash and then dry your strawberries thoroughly.
Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper and set aside.
Melt your chocolate melts in a small, deep bowl according to package instructions. Add oil if using.
Pour your sugar into a small deep bowl (if you plan to dip your berries, add enough to make the sugar deep enough for dipping.
Using the stem, dip the strawberry into the white chocolate 2/3 to 3/4 of the way up the berry. Let the excess drip off before using a spoon to sprinkle the colored sugar across the bottom 1/3 of the berry, trying to make a straight line.
Alternatively, you can try to dip the berry into the sugar before the chocolate hardens. I didn't like the way this technique worked, although it will give you a nice blue sugar coating all around the berry.
Place the berries, decorated side up, on the prepared baking sheet to allow the chocolate to firm up.
These berries are best on the day made.