These Candy-Coated Strawberry Carrots are strawberries dipped in orange candy melts to look like carrots. A fun easy treat for any Easter party or spring luncheon!
When my kids were very little and would see me creating Easter recipes in January, it was confusing and weird. Not only because of the timing, but also because we don’t celebrate Easter.
Today when I do that, though, they still think it’s weird, but somehow cool. They get it. Or they’re just used to it. And honestly, I think they feel special getting a sneak peak at stuff before it’s public; sort of like watching a screening of a movie that won’t be released for another year, I guess. Plus…sugar. Who’s going to argue when someone is giving you candy coated fruit?
Instead of questioning my job now, they simply accept my creations with bright eyes, smiles, and open mouths.
So here were are. In February. Making stuff for Easter in April.
I spotted these Candy-Coated Strawberry Carrots in the Food Network Magazine, but apparently they’ve been around forever. Still, I figure if they’re new to me, maybe they’ll be new to you, as well!
Either way…CUTE, right? I had to make them immediately. They were so easy.
You only need 4 Ingredients
What is the difference between candy melts and chocolate?
The main difference between candy melts and real chocolate is candy melts contain natural oils, like vegetable oil, whereas real chocolate contains cocoa butter.
Candy Melts have a plain, milky flavor (sort of like white chocolate.) Since they come in a wide variety of colors and don’t need to be tempered like real chocolate, they melt and harden super easily. The ingredients of candy melts are sugar, powdered milk, vegetable oil, flavorings, and colors.
They are widely popular for making cake pops and other candies that need to be coated, like these strawberry carrots.
Why use candy melts instead of real chocolate?
In order to use chocolate for these, you’d need white chocolate and color them with orange food dye. And you can do that! But orange candy melts eliminate that step. Candy melts also produce a smoother texture. Most importantly, in my humble opinion, candy melts set a lot faster and are able to sit out at room temperature without softening up.
These Candy-Coated Strawberry Carrots would be super cute for an Easter, spring party, or luncheon. Super easy treat and fun centerpiece!
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Watch the video to see how these Candy-Coated Strawberry Carrots are made!
Candy-Coated Strawberry Carrots
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place candy melts in a deep glass or measuring cup and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring until smooth, about 2 minutes.
- Stir in the coconut oil until incorporated.
- Carefully holding the strawberries by the stem, dip them in the melted candy and swirl until full coated. Transfer the strawberries to the prepared baking sheet.
- When all the strawberries are coated, transfer the remaining melted candy to a small plastic bag; cut off the tip and drizzle back and forth over the strawberries to make horizontal lines.
- Set aside or place in the refrigerator for a few minutes to harden completely.
- Peel the candy-coated strawberries off the parchment paper and trim and uneven edges, if necessary.
- Place on a bed of chocolate sprinkles and serve. So much fun!
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