4th of July Dessert: Red, White & Blue Berries {cooking with kids}

28 Jun

Cooking with kids fourth of july dessert

One of my very hip mommy friends, Vicki, is an art teacher and a very creative mom who comes up with fun holiday projects for her 3 kids.  Vicki made these patriotic red, white and blue chocolate-covered berries with her kiddies, and this simple recipe is a great way to get the little ones cooking.  Strawberries are easy for little hands to grasp and the lure of chocolate, even white chocolate, will likely be enough to peak their interest in the project.  Since the base of this treat is a berry, we can count them as a “healthy” treat, right?  Here is a how-to for making these red, white & blue berries for your 4th of July celebration, with or without your little one(s).

Red, White & Blue Berries

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz white chocolate
  • blue sugar crystals (can be found in cake decorating aisle)
  • 1 lb strawberries with stems attached

Instructions:

  1. Wash strawberries carefully to keep stems intact. Dry them completely – you don’t want any water left on the berries. Line a sheet pan with parchment or waxed paper and set aside.  Place about 1 oz. of sugar crystals in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Chop white chocolate with a serrated knife and place in a microwave-safe bowl.  Heat in the microwave at 30 second intervals until half of the chocolate is melted, stirring each time you take it out. Once half is melted, stir until the chocolate is smooth and shiny (the heat from the melted chocolate will melt the remaining chocolate and this method ensures that the chocolate won’t seize or burn).  Continue to heat at 15 second intervals if the chocolate is not completely melted after stirring.
  3. Hold the stems of the strawberries away from the berry and dip the berries into the melted chocolate.  Twist the berries as you lift them out of the chocolate to let the extra chocolate drip back into the bowl. Dip the bottom third of the chocolate-covered berry in the sugar crystals, then place dipped strawberry on prepared parchment lined pan. Repeat with remaining strawberries. Allow the chocolate to harden at room temperature (about 30 minutes) or in the refrigerator (about 10 minutes).

 Makes about 12 strawberries

 

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  1. 4 Easy Patriotic Recipes for the 4th - June 28, 2013

    […] and blue chocolate-covered berries with the kids with this simple recipe from our sister site, Hip Mommies.  Strawberries are easy for little hands to grasp and the lure of chocolate, even white chocolate, […]

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