4th of July strawberries are a super easy red, white, and blue treat that everyone will love! A layer of white chocolate is covered with red and blue sprinkles to make this a festive dessert good for any patriotic party or celebration!
One of my favorite things about 4th of July, other than celebrating our freedom and fireworks of course, is all of the red, white, and blue desserts! It feels like every year I’m coming up with a new way to combine these patriotic colors into a fun and festive treat!
These 4th of July strawberries are my new favorite because they’re so easy to make, plus they’re bright and colorful! And who doesn’t like chocolate covered strawberries (other than my chocolate hating son, ha!).
They’re the perfect addition to any 4th of July party!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Three ingredients – unlike some chocolate covered strawberries that mix things with the chocolate, this recipe only uses three ingredients – chocolate/candy melts, strawberries, and sprinkles!
- Quick to make – these only take as long to make as it takes you to dip some strawberries in chocolate! Fifteen minutes tops plus a little bit of time to let the chocolate cool before eating!
- White candy melts or white chocolate melting wafers – you can use either one, just depends on your preference for taste. White chocolate melting wafers give you the taste of actual white chocolate whereas white candy melts taste like well, candy melts. I have found that actual white chocolate sometimes takes a bit longer to harden so if you’re in a rush, try the candy melts.
- Strawberries – make sure they’re washed and completely dry!
- Nonpareil sprinkles – these are best made with the small round balls called nonpareils (like I use for my fairy bread recipe) rather than the long sprinkles, but you could also us those in a pinch.
If you don’t have sprinkles or would rather not use sprinkles, you could also use a little food coloring to dye the white melted chocolate red and blue and drizzle colored chocolate over the strawberries for similar 4th of July chocolate covered strawberries!
The first thing you need to do is probably the most important – wash your strawberries then pay dry with a paper towel. If you don’t dry them completely, you risk the chance of accidentally getting water into your chocolate, which can cause it to seize, harden, and become undippable.
It’s tough to make 4th of July chocolate covered strawberries when your chocolate is hard.
Once your strawberries are washed, melt your white chocolate or candy melts in a small but deep bowl (so you have a thick area for dipping) on 30 second increments, stirring between each one, until fully melted.
Don’t have a microwave or would prefer not to use one? Use a double boiler or place your candy into a glass bowl and place it on top of a pot of water. Bring the water to a boil and the boiling water will melt the candy.
Once the candy is melted, dip the strawberries into the melted candy until they’re about 2/3 covered then immediately dip them into the sprinkles so that 1/3 is covered. This will give you the red, white, and blue effect.
Place the strawberries on either wax lined paper or parchment paper to set.
If you live in a humid part of the world like me, you may need to put them in the refrigerator to harden.
Repeat with all of your strawberries, giving them at least a little bit of space on the paper to dry without touching the others.
Once completely hardened, serve and enjoy immediately.
Eat these the day they are made for the best flavor and texture. You can make them a couple of hours ahead of time, but they’re going to be best enjoyed the day you make them. If you do want to make them the day before, just know that the strawberries inside may be softer than you were expecting.
Make sure that your strawberries are completely dry before dipping in the chocolate. You may even want to wash your strawberries and let them sit for a while before dipping. Any moisture will impact the chocolate sticking properly.
It doesn’t matter if the strawberries are cold or at room temperature as long they are not really warm.
If you’re using white chocolate, I recommend refrigerating the strawberries. If you’re using candy melts, you can just leave them out at room temperature.
More 4th of July Recipes
- Red velvet cake – this delicious red velvet cake with a white cream cheese frosting would be the perfect 4th of July dessert when served with frosted blueberries! Or you could also try these red velvet cookies!
- American flag ice cream cake – the easiest 4th of July dessert ever, plus it’s refreshing for a hot July day!
- Berry smoothie recipe – use strawberries, blueberries, and bananas for a yummy 4th of July inspired breakfast!
- 4th of July mini cheesecakes – top your cheesecakes with whipped cream, strawberries, and blueberries for a delicious bite-sized treat!
4th of July Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- 24 strawberries
- 1 cup white candy melts or white chocolate melting wafers
- 1/2 cup red, white, and blue nonpareil sprinkles
- Wash strawberries and pat dry with a paper towel to make sure no liquid remains.
- Melt candy in a small deep bowl in the microwave for 30 second increments, stirring between each time, until fully melted.
- Dip strawberries into the chocolate until they're about 2/3 of the way covered. Immediately dip into the sprinkles until they're 1/3 covered in sprinkles.
- Place the strawberries on a baking sheet lined with either wax or parchment paper. If you're using the white chocolate, refrigerate to let the chocolate harden completely. If using candy melts, just let sit for 30 minutes to harden. Note - if you live in a humid place or your kitchen is humid, it's best to let them chill in the fridge.
- Serve immediately and enjoy the same day made!