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Red, White and Blue Strawberries- an Idea for Your Family Party

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My daughter loves chocolate dipped strawberries in fact, she wants to serve them at her wedding reception.  I’ve tried, but I’m just not very good at dipping strawberries.  You’ve probably seen those cute strawberries that look like they’re wearing mini tuxes- they are so cool and look pretty easy but I can’t do them.  So when I heard about making red, white and blue strawberries I just ignored the urge to try them- but they look so patriotic and the more I thought about it the more perfect I thought they’d be for my family 4th of July party.

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Well, I got up this morning and tried dipping my strawberries in white chocolate and garnishing them in blue sugar sprinkles and actually, I think they look pretty cute. 

Just like any other chocolate-dipped strawberries, the method for making these is very easy. There is only one additional step: dip the tips of the strawberries into some blue sugar once they have been dipped into the chocolate.

Store the berries in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat them, as white chocolate is a little more heat-sensitive than other chocolates. The berries are best if eaten within a day or two of being made.

Here’s what you need:

1 pint fresh strawberries

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4-oz white chocolate bark or white chocolate chips

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Blue sugar or sprinkles. Put into a small bowl and set it aside.

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Line a baking sheet or an area on your counter with wax paper or parchment paper.

If using bark chop it up roughly with a knife if it is in block form. You don’t need much chocolate, my bark was separated into bars and I only used 3 bars and I even had some left over.

In a small microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate or chips in the microwave. Heat it in 30 or 45-second intervals, stirring between each time to ensure that the chocolate is melting evenly and not burning.

When chocolate is smooth, dip the berries 3/4 of the way into the chocolate, dip the tips into the blue sprinkles, and place on wax paper.
Refrigerate berries until ready to serve.

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Of course my strawberries don’t look perfect but they weren’t hard and the whole process only took about 30 minutes.  If you’re having a family party consider letting guests make their own dipped strawberries and even giving more dipping options such as different chocolates, different colors of sugars or jimmies.

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If you want to see pictures of “perfectly” dipped red, white and blue strawberries check out the Sisters Café website http://www.thesisterscafe.com/2011/06/4th-july-strawberries and for other fun family reunion and party ideas remember www.familyreunionhelper.com

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