These chocolate covered strawberry carrots are a quick and easy dessert made with just two ingredients: fresh strawberries and candy melts! They’d make a great dessert tray for a party or can be used as accents for other desserts, like these Easter dirt cups or Easter Dirt Cake. They’re the perfect spring-time treat!
Why You’ll Love these Carrot Strawberries
- They’re quick and easy to make!
- A tray full of these carrots would be perfect for a party table
- They can be used as accents for other desserts, like these Easter Pudding Cups or could be used as a topper for carrot cake!
- Candy melts: you can find these at Michaels, JoAnn Fabrics, Hobby Lobby and other craft stores if you can’t find them at your local grocery store. If you can find white candy melts, you could add orange food coloring to them as well.
- I used two different colors of candy melts, orange for the carrot base and light brown, for the contrasting lines. The light brown candy melts were also a salted caramel flavor which was a fun spin on the flavors!
- Fresh strawberries - use ripe, medium to large size strawberries.
Please see the full list of ingredients and measurements at the bottom of the post.
he candy melt. I soak my strawberries in a bowl full of water and a splash of white vinegar for about 15 minutes and then let them air dry on a clean kitchen towel. If you want to speed up the drying process you can gently dry the strawberries pressing lightly, but firmly, against them with a clean towel.
SUBSTITUTIONS & VARIATIONS
You can use white chocolate chips instead of candy melt and add orange food coloring to dye it. I would suggest adding the food coloring in after you’ve melted the chocolate.
You could also melt white or dark chocolate chips to create the stripes across the strawberries instead of another kind of candy melt. Personally, I'd use milk chocolate chips, but that's just because it's my favorite!
MY TOP TIP FOR USING CANDY MELTS
I like to use candy melts for this kind of recipe because they’re designed specifically to melt - it’s in the name! But, it’s important that you don’t overheat them.
If melting in the microwave, begin in 30-second increments, stirring in between each round. After about three rounds, the one and a half cups used for this recipe should be almost melted. You want to remove them just before they’re completely melted, and then stir until it’s completely smooth. The stirring will continue the melting process and help avoid overheating the chocolate mixture. Overheating can cause the coating to lose its smooth texture and shine.
You can also use or create a double-boiler and melt them that way. Add enough water to the bottom pot, and then top with a heat-safe boil filled with the candy melts. Stir as the water in the bottom pot lightly boils, but doesn’t touch the bowl on top.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE
- Parchment paper or wax paper - I like to place either a piece of wax or parchment paper on a large baking sheet, but you can place it right on your counter or a cutting board if you prefer
- Measuring cup - both to measure out the candy melts, but I also like to use the measuring cup as the container that holds the melted chocolate too. A mug that's wide enough to fit your hand dipping a strawberry, but narrow enough to create the necessary depth will work too.
- Piping bag or small plastic bag - you'll need either of these to pipe horizontal lines across the carrots. I'd recommend using a piping bag fitted with a small round tip for the most control, but you can also cut the bottom corner of the bag to achieve the same effect.
How to serve and use
These carrots make a great dish for an Easter celebration or Springtime party. You can also use them as decorations for other desserts. They'd make an adorable cake topper!
Here I've used them for topping chocolate pudding dirt cups, which you could also turn into a carrot patch pudding cake if you served it in a baking dish instead of individual cups!
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Carrots
- 1½ cup orange candy melts
- ½ cup light brown candy melts
- 1 pound medium to large strawberries (about 16 strawberries)
- Line a baking sheet with wax paper
- Place the candy melts in a microwave-safe mug or measuring cup and microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and continue to repeat in 30-second intervals until the melts are almost smooth. Stir to continue melting the candies until smooth.
- Dip the strawberries in the candy melt, holding them by their green tops and submerging the strawberry until fully coated. Lift the strawberry out and let the excess chocolate drip back into the measuring cup. Place the strawberries on the prepared baking sheet to harden. Repeat until all strawberries are coated.
- Melt the light brown candy melts in two thirty-second intervals, stirring in between. Transfer the melted candy into a zip-top bag with the corner cut off, or a pastry bag with a small round piping tip attached. Drizzle the light brown melt across the strawberries to create contrasting lines. Let the candy melt harden and serve!
- Start by dipping your largest strawberries first. As you dip, the amount of candy melt in the mug will lower and it will be harder to cover a larger strawberry than a small one towards the end.
- Melt the candy melts in a microwave-safe glass or mug. You want it to be wide enough that you can dip a strawberry in it, but the narrower it can be, the easier covering the strawberries with the candy will be.
- Make sure the orange coating has hardened before drizzling on the contrast. The first strawberries dipped should be hard enough to add the drizzle to by the time you’re finished dipping all the strawberries.
- You can also use any leftover orange candy melt to create the drizzled lines across the strawberries instead of the light brown candy melts. Or, skip this step completely
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