Red, white, and blue strawberries are the best patriotic dessert to celebrate the 4th of July with. These white chocolate-dipped berries are fun and easy to make. A great recipe to make with your kids so everyone will get into the Independence Day spirit. With just a few ingredients like red, white, and blue sprinkles, white chocolate, and fresh big strawberries, the colors of the holiday come together beautifully.
For this 4th of July chocolate-covered strawberries recipe, you can plan ahead and make these hours before. So if you are having a gathering, this is a great make-ahead patriotic dessert so you have one less thing to make at party time. These homemade white chocolate-dipped strawberries are gluten-free, grain-free, and can be nut-free if you check the packaging for shared equipment information. They are also perfect for any holiday or event with a lot of folks since they can be enjoyed by many. You can also mix up the color of the sprinkles by using green for Christmas colors, pastels for Easter or baby showers, or orange & black for Halloween.
Ingredients for Red, White, & Blue Strawberries
For patriotic chocolate-covered strawberries, this recipe only needs 3 ingredients. Make sure you are using good quality ingredients to ensure the recipe turns out. You will need fresh medium to big strawberries, the bigger ones are easier for dipping and are a show-stopper for that 4th of July party. Also, make sure you have good quality white chocolate chips so they melt evenly and do not seize up quickly which will be a huge bummer. Then lastly, any fun red, white, and blue sprinkles or edible glitter is the final fun ingredient.
Note: white candy melts can be used instead of white chocolate if you prefer. Also, blue gel food coloring can be used to color some of the white chocolate for additional blue fun.
How to Make 4th of July Strawberries
I highly recommend gathering all your ingredients and making sure everything is ready before you melt the chocolate. Once the chocolate is melted, especially white chocolate, you need to move fast before it cools and hardens again. Therefore, begin by washing and drying the strawberries. Leave any stems and leaves on as that is what you will need to hold them with when dipping. Also, get your sprinkles into a small bowl and/or the gel food coloring out and ready to use. For the last step of preparation, line a platter or baking sheet with wax paper for where you will be placing the dipped and decorated strawberries to harden.
Melting White Chocolate
Once all the ingredients are ready, begin melting the white chocolate. I suggest doing it by using a double boiler. If you do not have one, using a glass bowl over a small saucepan is a great replacement and is what I use - see below. In the saucepan put 2 cups of water and let it comes to a low simmer over medium heat on the stove. Place the bowl over the pot and ensure it is wide enough that no water/steam is coming up the sides - any water in the chocolate will ruin it. Turn the heat to low and use a rubber spatula stir the chocolate chips around continuously until all the chips are melted and smooth in the bowl.
Dipping and Decorating the Strawberries
Now that the white chocolate chips are melted, the strawberries are ready to be dipped and decorated with red, white, and blue sprinkles. This is where the kids like to get involved and the more the merrier, right. Start off by dipping each strawberry in the melted white chocolate and roll/twirl around to cover all sides but leaving the tops still red and showing the strawberry at the top. Immediately dip the white chocolate-covered strawberries in the sprinkles to coat. Then place on the wax pepper to set. Continue until you have them all done and on the wax paper.
If you save some white chocolate at the end and add 2-3 drops of blue gel food coloring, that is a fun option also. I did that with a few just in case there were people that maybe do not like sprinkles. I am not sure who those people would be - wow - but they may exist!! It turned out cute and I will do them again that way next year too. This recipe for red, white, and blue strawberries look just perfect for either Independence or Memorial Day.
Enjoying Homemade Patriotic Strawberries
It takes about 30-60 minutes for the chocolate and sprinkles on the berries to set. Once they are hard and release from the wax paper easily, they are ready to eat. You can place them now on a plate for serving when it is time to serve them. To keep them fresh, keep them on the waxed paper in a cool dry place like your kitchen counter or table away from heat or sunlight. Also, keep them away from anyone that may gobble them up before the party begins - like my kids or husband.
Storing Decorated 4th of July Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
It is best to make these about 2 hours before your 4th of July party. But if you want to make them the morning of the holiday and free up your time for other last-minute things, that is ok as they will keep for a bit. These white chocolate-covered strawberries can last for up to about 8-hours after they are made. Just make sure you store them properly and they will be just fine.
Do NOT refrigerate them. The moisture in the fridge will ruin the chocolate and sprinkles. Simply store them on the waxed paper you placed them on in a cool dry place in your kitchen. Do NOT cover them either unless you do so with something that will not touch them and let a lot of air circulate like a cake dome lid over them. Covering them will both ruin their appearance and trap moisture that is bad for the berries and the chocolate. Wait until serving time to remove them from the waxed paper and placing them on the final serving plate.
Other 4th of July Dessert Ideas
For some other fun, delicious, and red dessert ideas, check out these other Short Order Cook recipes. You cannot go wrong with any or all of these sweet treats for your next Independence or Memorial Day celebration.
- FRESH STRAWBERRY MOUSSE PARFAITS - a light fresh dessert where you can just add blue sprinkles to the top or layer with blueberries too. This is a healthy & gluten-free red, white, and blue dessert too.
- RED VELVET CRINKLE COOKIE SANDWICHES - these gorgeous and delicious show-stopping cookies are a holiday favorite. The red velvet crinkle cookies are sandwiched together with the best sweet cream cheese frosting. Simply roll the edges with blue edible glitter or sprinkles and another great 4th of July dessert is ready.
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Red, White, & Blue Strawberries for 4th of July
- 24 medium-large sized strawberries
- 1 C white chocolate chips (can use white candy melts instead - see above notes)
- ⅓ C red, white, & blue sprinkles
- 2-3 drops gel food coloring optional
- Wash and dry the strawberries. Do NOT remove the stems or leaves.
- Gather all ingredients and have them ready to go. Line a platter or baking sheet with waxed paper. Also, put the sprinkles in a shallow bowl and/or get the food coloring out if using that too.
- In a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips slowly over a low simmer of water. See notes above on how to use a double boiler if this is new to you. Stir the chips constantly to melt evenly and slowly. Remove from heat as soon as all the white chocolate is melted and smooth.
- Immediately begin dipping and twisting/rolling the strawberries one at a time in the white chocolate. As soon as each is covered about ¾ so that some red berry is showing, dip and roll into the red, white, and blue sprinkles.
- Place each decorated strawberry on the waxed paper to rest. They will need to set and cool for about 30-60 minutes on the waxed paper.
- Once they are set, they will release from the wax paper easily. When you are ready to serve them, place them on a serving platter and enjoy immediately.
- If you make them ahead of time, you can store them on the waxed paper for up to 8 hours. Do NOT store them in the refrigerator or cover them. See notes above about storing them.
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Helen at the Lazy Gastronome says
What a fun treat!! Happy 4th of July and thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party!
We did not have sprinkles so we did the food coloring method. We only had one pint so did not make very many and we ate them all as soon as they were set. I guess I need to buy more for Sunday since my teen daughter wants to make them again.
Sounds like this was fun and yummy for everyone. I hope it becomes a new 4th of July food tradition at your home.
Thanks - it sure is and I hope you make it soon to find out just how good it is.