These Easy Pink Chocolate Dipped Strawberries with Pink Sanding Sugar are an easy treat for a Sweet 16 Birthday party. They are quick and easy to make and add a nice fresh element to your get-together. These pink strawberries can be dressed up in so many different ways by adding fun sprinkles or using different colored sanding sugar.
We made these chocolate-covered strawberries for Emily’s Sweet 16 Birthday party and they were a huge hit.
I washed the strawberries the night before the party so that they would have plenty of time to dry.
The party was in the evening so mid-afternoon I dipped the strawberries and let them sit at room temperature and harden for about an hour.
After an hour, I put the strawberries on the serving platter and placed the platter in the refrigerator until the party.
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Key to Success #1 – Dry the Strawberries Well
It is important for your strawberries to be dry when you dip them in the candy coating.
There are a couple of very important reasons for this.
First, the candy coating has a tendency to seize up when water is added to the mixture.
Second, if the strawberries are wet, the candy coating is more likely to crack and leak strawberry juice onto your serving tray.
Wash your strawberries well under cool running water then place them in a single layer on a clean towel or a few paper towels.
Allow the strawberries to drain and dry at room temperature for a few hours.
You can use additional paper towels to dry the strawberries well if needed.
I’ll often wash my strawberries the day before I want to dip them so that they have plenty of time to dry.
Key to Success #2 – Use Candy Melts
We’re using pink candy melts to cover our strawberries instead of real white chocolate.
The candy melts are a lot easier to work with when dipping fruits and it’s much easier to achieve the desired color.
White chocolate is often more of a cream color instead of pure white so any color that you add will be mixed with cream.
I prefer to use pre-colored candy melts unless I need a custom color.
You can find candy melts at your local Michael’s store, Hobby Lobby, some big box stores, or on Amazon.
They come in a lot of different shades of pink or pretty much any other color that you want.
If you choose to color your own candy melts or almond bark, be sure to use gel food coloring and keep in mind that you might need to add in some additional fat, like Crisco shortening, to maintain a good dipping consistency.
Key to Success #3 – Dip Near Serving Time
If you can swing it, it’s best to dip your strawberries in the melted candy melts within a few hours of your party.
Melt the candy melts in the microwave on high power for 1 minute then stir well.
If needed, you can microwave in 15-second increments and stir until the candy is smooth and creamy.
One by one, hold the strawberries by the stem and dip them in the melted candy.
Turn the strawberries to coat them well then place them on a sheet of waxed paper.
If you are using sprinkles or sanding sugar, sprinkle them onto the strawberries as soon as you place each strawberry on the waxed paper.
Your candy coating will harden in a short amount of time and then the sprinkles will not stick.
You can also drip the strawberries into a small bowl of sprinkles or sanding sugar, but this is much messier than the sprinkling method.
And it’s much more pleasant to eat the strawberries with less sanding sugar rather than more.
Allow them to sit uncovered at room temperature for up to an hour then place them on a serving tray in the refrigerator until your party.
Save this Pink Strawberries recipe to your favorite Sweet 16 Birthday Party board or your Easy Party Treats board.
- 24 strawberries
- 1 pkg (12 oz) pink candy coating
- pink sanding sugar
- Wash strawberries and dry them very well.
- Place pink candy melts in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high power for 1 minute. Stir well. Microwave in 30-second increments until candies are melted and smooth.
- One at a time, dip the strawberries into the melted pink candy then tap off the excess. Place the strawberries on a sheet of waxed paper. Immediately sprinkle with pink sanding sugar.
- Allow to cool and dry completely, about 15 minutes.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 47Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g
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