You could pick up a package of these pricey white chocolate-covered strawberries made to look like carrots from Harry & David ($42/ half dozen, inclusive of shipping), or you can make your own in a matter of minutes (recipe below). They make a nice addition to a brunch dessert buffet and would also make a nice candy-alterantive for Easter baskets and party favors.
You can substitute orange-colored white chocolate wafers and omit the food coloring if you don't want to add the coloring yourself.
- 8 oz white chocolate
- orange food coloring (see note below)
- 1 lb strawberries with stems attached
- 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.
- Chop white chocolate with a serrated knife and place in a microwave-safe bowl, along with a few drops of orange food coloring. 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).
- Hold the stems of the strawberries away from the berry and dip the berries into the melted chocolate. Turn the berries and tilt the bowl of chocolate to cover the berries as close to the stem as possible. Twist the berries as you lift them out of the chocolate to let the extra chocolate drip back into the bowl. 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).
To make orange food coloring, use a 2:1 ratio of yellow and red. Store these in an air-tight container in the refrigerator since chocolate is apt to absorb other smells.
Photo Credit: Harry & David (via Pinterest)