Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Festive Strawberries!

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In a past post, I mentioned that I have never made any Fourth of July crafts; which was completely true, my main focus is on the festive holiday food!   Fourth of July always brings me back to my childhood.  I can see the smoke coming from the BBQ, I can smell chlorine from the pool in my hair, and I can taste whatever light refreshing snack my mother would bring out for everyone as a treat before dad was finished with the grill.    
It is going to be extremely hot outside this year, and because of this fact my brain keeps screaming out “freezer cake,” which would be great, but my freezer is already completely packed with ice cream treats.  I thought something light, juicy and sweet would hit the spot- and of course something Rory could help with.  We took a page out of my mom’s book with a “pre-dinner” treat.  We went completely festive...Red, White, and Blue Strawberries!
All you need for these is:
  • Strawberries (I prefer large ones)
  • white chocolate (or melting chocolate)
  • Blue sprinkles
  • wax paper

Because we had multiple things going, I vouched for melting the chocolate in the microwave rather than a traditional double boiler.  I figured this would not only lessen the heat in the house, but it would also be a lot safer since I have an energetic toddler eager to help!  To melt chocolates, I normally use my defrost button and put my microwave on the lowest power level setting it has for 30 seconds.  After 20 seconds, stir it and continue heating until it is all melted. 

Just a warning, the chocolate you just melted is going to be very hot.  Since I didn’t want Rory to burn herself I dipped the strawberry in the chocolate, let it cool for a little bit and then let her dip it in the sprinkles.  Since Rory is extremely impatient, to help her eagerness we discussed colors while I dipped the strawberry and waited for it to cool.  We talked about the RED strawberry and proceeded to talk about other things that are RED, tomatoes, flowers, and Mommy’s hair.  When the strawberry came out after being dipped in the white chocolate we talked about everything WHITE; snow, polar bears, and (how cute is this...) Rory said “kittens.”  Try to dip the strawberry 2/3 of the way into the white chocolate, making sure there is enough red to be seen.

Because we dipped so many strawberries, we talked about other “like” things besides color; we talked about other fruits when Rory watched me dip the strawberries, other sweet treats besides chocolates when we coated the strawberries, and other things that sparkled besides the blue sprinkles.

Once the chocolate has cooled off a bit, but not completely, dip the bottom 1/3 of it in into the blue sprinkles.  Set aside on wax paper and let cool completely.  Keep in the fridge until ready to serve (I set aside a few for Rory, Jon, and myself because I knew they would disappear fast!)

A delicious holiday treat!  Your little one will have fun and learn while making these holiday treats!

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