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RED WHITE AND BLUE TREATS

These Red White and Blue Treats are perfect for Memorial Day, 4th July, Labor Day, and all your summer gatherings.

This post includes an easy Red White and Blue Fresh Watermelon Cake and Red White and Blue Strawberries. Plus, how to pick a good watermelon and fresh strawberries.

This post includes an easy Red White and Blue Fresh Watermelon Cake and Strawberries.  Plus, how to pick a good watermelon and fresh strawberries. #redwhiteblue #strawberries #4thJuly #chocolate #easyrecipe #chocolatecoveredstrawberries #recipesforourdailybread
This post includes an easy Red White and Blue Fresh Watermelon Cake and Strawberries.  Plus, how to pick a good watermelon and fresh strawberries. #redwhiteblue #strawberries #4thJuly #chocolate #easyrecipe #chocolatecoveredstrawberries #recipesforourdailybread

Red, White and Blue Strawberries

Ingredients Needed

  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Ghirardelli White Chocolate
  • Red, White, and Blue Sprinkles/Jimmies

How to Choose Best Strawberries

When it comes to strawberries, pick the bright red ones. If you see bruises or too much white on their tops, or if they feel hard to the touch, keep looking for the best option available.

How To Store Strawberries

Wash or cut your strawberries only when you are ready to use them. Keep stems on, and put them in place in the refrigerator. As the strawberries start to soften or darken in color, use them up in a jam recipe, or freeze them for smoothies.

What Chocolate Should You Use?

Over the years, I have gotten the question many times, “What type of chocolate do you use to make strawberries?” To make a good tasting dipped anything, you have to have good chocolate or at least chocolate that you enjoy eating.  In my case, I love Ghirardelli chocolate!  After visiting San Francisco years ago and Ghirardelli, I was sold on their chocolate especially their hot fudge.  Anyway, if you are eating something dipped in chocolate it needs to takes delicious.  For this reason, I am not a fan of candy melts.  However, candy melts make it so easy to add color to any food dipped in it.  I have found that dipping the pretzels in white chocolate first and then adding a little color with candy melts, candy or sprinkles work great. 

CHOCOLATE MELTING TIP

  • 2 cups of Ghirardelli White Chocolate or Dark Chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon of shortening

Microwave

O.K. I know you can use your microwave. I have used my microwave to melt chocolate many times. The problem with it is chocolate is so finicky. It can easily be overheated and ruins the chocolate. White Chocolate is especially tricky to melt. The other problem is the chocolate will thicken before you finish dipping everything.

One option is to slowly melt the chocolate in the microwave. Try melting for one minute and stirring it. If needed add a few extra seconds on the timer. Again, chocolate is easy to overcook. Take your time and melt it slowly. Try 10 to 15 seconds in the microwave at a time. Before you begin melting the chocolate fill a slow cooker one-fourth way full of hot water. Leave the slow cooker on high. Place the chocolate over the slow cooker once the chocolate has melted. This method will keep the chocolate from getting too thick.

Double Broiler

Using a Double Broiler is a great way to melt the chocolate slowly. If you can turn the temperature to warm the chocolate will stay warm enough so that it will not thicken up. Be super careful not to get moisture in the chocolate. Use a big enough bowl over the boiling water so that moisture does not get in the chocolate. Water and chocolate do not mix.

Ghirardelli Melting Wafers

If you have to use a candy coating, try Ghirardelli melting wafers. They are the next best thing to melting pure chocolate.

This post includes an easy Red White and Blue Fresh Watermelon Cake and Strawberries.  Plus, how to pick a good watermelon and fresh strawberries. 
#redwhiteblue #strawberries #4thJuly #chocolate #easyrecipe #chocolatecoveredstrawberries #recipesforourdailybread

Fresh Watermelon Cake

Watermelon is the perfect summer treat. Here is a fun way to serve it up on a hot summer day. No cooking! No baking! The most difficult thing about his cake is carving it up.

Two Ingredients for Watermelon Cake

  • Watermelon
  • Frozen Whipped Topping, thawed
  • berries, coconut, nuts to decorate

How To Choose Best Watermelon

In the south, we eat a lot of watermelons. Every holiday we dad would ice down a watermelon in a cooler. He would place it on our picnic table out back and cut into it. We could not wait to dig into the ice cold watermelon. It was always super cold and perfect for a hot summer day. Over the years, I have learned to pick the best watermelon.

Here are some tips.

  • Look for a watermelon that is symmetrical in shape. You do not want a melon that is larger on one side. If it is a perfectly round or oblong watermelon, it grew in the right conditions.
  • Pick it up to see if it feels heavy for its size. Is it heavy? Does it seem to weight the right amount for its size?
  • Then, turn the watermelon over and look for a yellow patch, which means it sat on the ground long enough to ripen. The patch should be a creamy yellow. You do not want a melon that was picked too early and does not have a yellow patch.
  • Finally, knock on the underbelly of the watermelon. A hollow sound means it’s good to go.

How To Store A Watermelon

Watermelon is best when stored in the refrigerator. It tastes much better cold. If you cut off a piece, cover the cut side with plastic wrap. If you cut the watermelon up, be sure to put it in an air-tight container.

How to cut the Watermelon To Make A Fresh Watermelon Cake

  • Cut both ends off the watermelon.
  • Next, Remove the rind from the middle section. Take a long knife and cut around the watermelon as close as you can to the rind.
  • You can cut the watermelon “cake” in as many layers as you want. I have made this cake a couple of times and make three layers each time.
  • Pat the watermelon dry with paper towels. This will help the whipped topping stick to the cake.
  • Cover the entire cake with whipped topping.

Decorate your Fresh Watermelon Cake

We love chocolate colored strawberries, so I used them to decorate my watermelon cake. You could use blueberries, coconut, almonds, raspberries, blackberries, and even sprinkles. The sides of my watermelon cake need some help. I should have used some chopped almonds or sprinkles on them.

BIGGEST TIP

This fresh watermelon cake has to be refrigerated for at least a couple of hours before serving it. Serve the cake as soon as it comes out of the refrigerator.

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Red, White, and Blue Treats

Easy to make Red, White, and Blue Watermelon Cake plus Red White and Blue chocolate covered strawberries.
Prep Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 4th july, cake, chocolate covered strawberries, red white blue treats, strawberries, watermelon
Servings: 10
Calories: 532kcal
Author: Diane Roark

Ingredients

  • 1 watermelon
  • 16 ounces frozen whipped topping
  • 1 pound strawberries
  • 16 ounces white chocolate or dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon shortening

  • 4 ounce candy melts red, blue

Instructions

  • TO MAKE WATERMELON CAKE
    Cut both ends off the watermelon.
    Next, Remove the rind from the middle section.
    Take a long knife and cut around the watermelon as close as you can to the rind.
    You can cut the watermelon "cake" in as many layers as you want.
    I have made this cake a couple of times and make three layers each time.
    Pat the watermelon dry with paper towels. This will help the whipped topping stick to the cake. Cover the entire cake with Frozen Whipped Topping.
    CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES

    One option is to slowly melt the chocolate in the microwave. Try melting for one minute and stirring it. If needed add a few extra seconds on the timer.
    Again, chocolate is easy to overcook. Take your time and melt it slowly. Try 10 to 15 seconds in the microwave at a time.
    Before you begin melting the chocolate fill a slow cooker one-fourth way full of hot water. Leave the slow cooker on high. Place the chocolate over the slow cooker once the chocolate has melted. This method will keep the chocolate from getting too thick.

    Double Broiler Method
    Using a Double Broiler is a great way to melt the chocolate slowly. If you can turn the temperature to warm the chocolate will stay warm enough so that it will not thicken up. Be super careful not to get moisture in the chocolate. Use a big enough bowl over the boiling water so that moisture does not get in the chocolate. Water and chocolate do not mix.

    Ghirardelli Melting Wafers
    If you have to use melting wafers, try Ghirardelli. They are the next best thing to melting pure chocolate.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 532kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 84mg | Potassium: 749mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 71g | Vitamin A: 52.3% | Vitamin C: 76.8% | Calcium: 16.1% | Iron: 7.9%

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  1. My oldest daughter absolutely loves watermelon. So, I am going to have to make your watermelon cake for her now. Plus, thank you for the awesome tips on how to pick strawberries and watermelons, too! Pinned and cannot wait to try! Hope you are having a wonderful week so far 🙂

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