No better time than now, because it’s strawberry season in Florida AND it’s Christmas, to make this white chocolate strawberry tree. Last year, while perusing the internet for Christmas ideas, I stumbled upon the Florida Strawberry Growers Association site and a photo of Strawberry Sue making a strawberry tree. I decided it would be perfect for our family Christmas celebration.
This is so simple to make that I made it Christmas day after all the presents were open. Honestly, I hate to melt white chocolate but I got a candy melting gift and tried it. Worked like a charm. It is now my favorite way to melt white chocolate, or any chocolate for that matter.
I will say, my guests (and family) were so impressed they didn’t want to eat the strawberries. So I ate one first to get the party started. Whatever your holiday occasion, Hanukkah, Christmas dinner, a holiday open house or brunch, your guests will not only be impressed but enjoy the chocolate dipped strawberries.
- If you want to make it for Christmas you will need:
- A styrofoam cone covered in aluminum foil
- 2 - 3 (16 ounce) containers of whole strawberries (the amount you need depends on the size of the styrofoam cone and the size of your strawberries) Rinse and dry berries well.
- 12 ounce bag white chocolate chips (I prefer Hershey's) or 12 ounce bag white (vanilla) candy melts (Wilton)
- Toothpicks for strawberries
- Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Melt chocolate chips or candy melts according to package directions. Dip berries individually into white chocolate and insert toothpick into stem end. Set berries on parchment lined baking sheets to set.
- Set styrofoam cone on serving plate or platter. Starting at the base of the cone, insert toothpick with strawberry into the cone. Work around in rows, working up the cone to the top. Place strawberries as close together as possible to conceal the cone. Use different sizes next to each other for interest. Repeat with all strawberries until cone is full.
- Display and serve.