Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Candy Strawberries!

EDITED TO ADD:  The plastic stems were bought at my local cake decorating store.  I think calling around to your local craft/cake decorating stores to locate them in your area is your best bet!  Enjoy and thanks so much for your comments and inquiries!  

Candy Strawberries-Bloomers Heart Box
The next best strawberries compared to the real thing!  Fresh strawberries are yummy, but here in lower West Michigan, our crop does not arrive until June, if we're lucky!  So, these candy strawberries are fun, sweet, and a great reminder that summer will be here before we know it! I'm packaging these candies in a variety of ways.  Today, I am showing you how they fit into that repurposed bloomers heart box that I created for the Stamp Simply Red Hot Ribbon Inspiration, HERE.

Candy Strawberries in Box
I cut a piece of parchment paper with pinking shears to line the inside of the bottom heart box. The box bottom comfortably holds seven strawberries.  And since they are so sweet, seven is plenty to gift at a time!  

Candy Strawberries-Up Close
Close up view of the wonderful treats!  Personally, I love to use a plastic leaf stem to finish the strawberry.  The almonds are doable and look nice, but the plastic stems are easy, reusable, and look more realistic.  There are pecan chips in the recipe, creating the darker areas on the strawberries!

Candy Strawberries Ingredients
Here are the ingredients used. The recipe is at the end of this post. I hope you like the idea of this tasty sweet treat! Perfect for Valentine's Day. Really, perfect for any day in my world!  I first tasted these strawberries at a Christmas Holiday party and try to only make them once a year!  Because guess who eats most of them?  Yep, that would be me!  Hope you are having a terrific Tuesday, I will get the next beach canvas posted tomorrow!  Take good care!

Strawberry Candy  Recipe from Cooks.com

  • 2 small pkgs strawberry gelatin
  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • Red sugar crystals
  • Almond Slivers
  • Green food coloring

Combine gelatin, milk, coconut, and nuts in bowl; refrigerate overnight. (I only refrigerated for two hours) Shape into shape of strawberry and roll in red sugar crystals.  Roll almond slivers in green food coloring, stick in ends for stems.  I used plastic stems bought at my local cake decorating store!  


JoAnn said...

What a clever idea and the recipe looks delicious. Have to try it. Love the heart box you made the other day too. Thanks.

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

Oh my goodness, these look AMAZING!

Unknown said...

Absolutely what I needed for my "starwberry-aholic" on Valentine's Day! Thanks for the great recipe and idea! HOWEVER, where-in-the-world can we find the plastic strawberry picks? My idea is to use the Hot Off The Press BUSHEL BASKET template by Susan Niner Janes available at http://PaperWishes.com

Lydia Madara said...

I have to say I am thrilled to be following you! Every post is absolutely delightful! These look amazing and easy...I also would like to know where to find the green plastic stems.

Unknown said...

I've exhausted all types of wording to find those strawberry picks and cannot believe this! I so want them and was wondering if you would give out the name and address, phone number if you would, to call and see they can give me information on how to acquire some. Appreciate it! "UGH!" :0)

Colleen said...

Oh, my, these look so yummy
I was thinking about using fondant or green gumdrops (rolled flat and cut into shape) to make the stems of the berry

jean w. said...

Oh my goodness these look awesome! Thanks for sharing this idea with us!