Happy Easter Sunday (in two weeks)! Easter is such a fun holiday for kids. It’s that time of the year where treats come in vibrant colors and a plethora of adorable shapes. These strawberry chocolate carrots were inspired by rainbow carrots and they make such a fun project to do with the kiddos. If you’re still looking for a fun treat to make or a hands-on activity to engage the kids in this Easter, be sure to give this recipe a try!
I bought these fresh strawberries from a local food market. Rinse these beauties in lukewarm water and pat them dry using a paper towel. Be sure to keep the strawberry leaves on. It’s an important part of this recipe because the leaves help to imitate the carrot tops. You want to pull the strawberry leaves upward and insert a toothpick inside the top center of the strawberry. The toothpick will help you manipulate the strawberry as you coat it with chocolate. So how do you keep the strawberries looking smooth and beautiful on all sides? The trick is to prop the toothpick into a styrofoam block! I bought mine at my Michaels craft store. Let the chocolate harden for about 10 minutes before proceeding to the next step.
If this is your first time creating that chocolate-covered strawberry look, you might notice that it’s more difficult than it looks. Don’t be discouraged though! My first time didn’t turn out as great, but my second time was a lot better. Just keep practicing until it looks perfect to you. 🙂 I’ve found that adding a few drops of olive oil to the chocolate helps to thin the chocolate and allows it to look smoother on the strawberry and easier to work with.
I thought of a really simple way to create the lines on carrots without having to purchase or use a pastry or Ziplock bag. I simply used another strawberry to pick up the leftover chocolate and drizzled it unto the already-covered chocolate strawberries.
Whoa-la! Doesn’t the photo above make you think of the the game Candyland? 😀
If you’re feeling creative, you can use the Oreo cookies to achieve a “dirt” look for the strawberry chocolate carrots. Simply remove (or eat) the cream and grind the Oreo cookies until well ground. Psst! They taste great with the ground Oreo cookies! 🙂
- 1 lb of strawberries, rinsed and dried
- 30 oz of white chocolate, melted
- 3.75 inch toothpicks
- Food coloring of your choice
- Olive oil
- 1 styrofoam block
- Pastry or Ziploc bags, optional
- 14.3 oz of oreos, ground, optional
- Insert a toothpick inside the top center of each strawberry. The toothpick will help give you some room to work with the strawberries instead of just holding them by their leaves.
- On high heat, boil some water in a pot. Put some white chocolate into a glass bowl and place it over the pot until the white chocolate melts. The pot should be small enough to allow the glass bowl to sit on top of it. A double broiler would work for this step as well. I recommend melting the chocolate in small batches and melting more as you need it. I worked with 4-6 oz for each color.
- Pull the strawberry leaves upward while also holding the toothpick. Dip each strawberry into the white chocolate and gently twist it around making sure that they are well covered. Carefully let any excess chocolate drip off and prop the toothpick into the styrofoam. Let the chocolate harden for about 10 minutes.
- To create the textured lines on each strawberry, I used another strawberry to pick up some chocolate to drizzle over the already-covered chocolate strawberry. Feel free to use a pastry or Ziploc bag instead to achieve this appearance.
- Repeat steps 2-4 for each color. Combine red and yellow food coloring to achieve the color orange. Combine blue and red food coloring to achieve the color purple. To create the color pink, add red to the white chocolate. You may need to add a few drops of olive oil into each batch of colored chocolate to give it a smoother texture and make it easier to work with.
- Let the strawberry chocolate carrots sit for 30 minutes at room temperature.
- To achieve a "garden" look, place the completed strawberry chocolate carrots over a bed or bowl of ground oreos.
- Yield: 15-20 strawberry chocolate carrots