“Carrot” Covered Strawberries

I saw these beautiful treats on the Harry & David website and decided to give it a go myself.  I was very pleased with how they turned out.  Most people love chocolate covered strawberries and this way gives it a fun twist for Easter.  Here’s exactly how I did these.  I’m including the Tips and Tricks I use.

-For dipping, choose berries that have nice green tops, dark red flesh, and are relatively the same size.
-For the covering, I used orange Wilton Candy Melts.  They are basically colored white chocolate disks.
-Rinse the berries and lay out on a towel to dry. A big key to success is to have berries as dry as possible before dipping.
-In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the candy melts for 1 minute on 50% power and stir.  Continue melting and stirring in 30-second increments until candy is completely smooth.
-Gather the entire green top of each berry into your fingers before dipping, with none of the leaves hanging down to get into the chocolate.
-Holding the strawberries by the green tops, dip and “roll” them until the orange covering comes as close to the base of the green as possible.  Tilting the bowl helps.  The goal is to have none of the red berry showing.  (If there is any showing, push the green tops down a little to hide it once the berries are on the paper.)
-Shake off excess chocolate and lay each berry on waxed paper or parchment (lay berry on its side).
-Give it 10 minutes or so to set up.
-Pour more of the candy melts into a disposable pastry bag and microwave in 30-second increments on 50% power to melt, squishing the bag in your hands between time increments until completely melted.  Snip off the end of the bag for piping.
-Set a rack over a baking sheet and place the dipped berries on the rack.
-With a sweeping motion, pipe lines of melted candy on the berries, being sure to sweep wide, “off” the berry so that some runs down through the rack.  This will create the layered effect of orange on orange that looks so pretty. The lines should be 1/4″-1/2″ apart. Doesn’t need to be perfect!  Ok to cross them over.
-Once the berries are set again, place on waxed paper or parchment, cover and store in the refrigerator.

That’s it!

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