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Cherry-dipped Vanilla Strawberries

October 8, 2021 | Updated June 9, 2022 | Laura

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Delicious vanilla or almond bark dipped strawberries that are dipped in a simple homemade black cherry sauce. The cherry, strawberry, and vanilla flavors are so tasty together. Splatter on the cherry sauce for a spooky Halloween treat, an appetizer for Halloween parties, and a Scream movie night snack.

Cherry-dipped Vanilla Strawberries Recipe

Sweet, Pretty, and Spooky

The perfect snack while watching the movie, Scream or any horror movie! These 'blood-splattered' strawberries are great for Halloween movie night, to accompany scary movies, or served at any Halloween party.

The strawberries are dipped in delicious vanilla candy coating. They are then dipped and splattered with a cherry sauce made from dark sweet cherries and sugar.

They are so yummy, super spooky, and easy to make with simple ingredients! You'll find me eating these delicious Halloween strawberries during the entire spooky season.

Actually, all year long. Dip the cherry sauce instead of splatter it, and you have yourself a nice little Valentine's Day treat or fun treats for a special occasion!

Cherry-splattered Vanilla Strawberry Ingredients

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✽ Frozen Dark Sweet Cherries: When thawed and forced through a sieve, these cherries make the most delicious sauce! You could also use fresh cherries if you want.

✽ Sugar: For a little bit of sweetness to cut the tartness of those cherries.

✽ Vanilla Candy Coating [Almond Bark]: You could also definitely use a white chocolate in place of the vanilla candy coating.

✽ Fresh Whole Strawberries

31 Days of Halloween

These cherry-dipped vanilla strawberries are a part of my 31 Days of Halloween. For each day in October, I come up with a cocktail recipe and snack recipe that perfectly matches popular horror movies, Halloween movies, or fun spooky activities. Check it out for all of your Halloween snack and drinking desires to pair with horror films!

You'll find recipes for Hocus Pocus (Sanderson Sisters dip trio? Yes, please!), Silence of the Lambs (fava beans and a nice chianti, of course), It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown (pumpkin everything!), Children of the Corn (candy corn Jello shots & popcorn balls), and lots more to have a great Halloween season!

Or you can check out my Scream Movie Night blog to find both of the recipes for this horror-themed menu!

✽ Click here to head over to my Tiktok to watch me get ready for our Scream movie night with this cocktail recipe plus more! ✽
or watch below!

How to Make Cherry-dipped Vanilla Strawberries

➊ We'll start with the cherry sauce. Thaw 1 cup of frozen dark sweet cherries in the microwave for 2 minutes at 30% power. You can also leave them out at room temperature for about an hour to thaw.

Force the cherries through a sieve using a wooden spoon (warning: your wooden spoon may turn red) into a bowl until you get about 1/2 cup of juice. Discard the leftover cherries in the strainer or I really love to eat the leftover cherry mash on top of a stack of pancakes!

Whisk 1/2 teaspoon of sugar into the cherry juice. Pour cherry juice into a small sauce pan and heat on medium-high until it begins simmering. Turn heat to medium-low and let simmer for 8-10 minutes until thickened. Let cool.

Dark Sweet Cherry Sauce

βž‹ Line a baking sheet with wax paper or a piece of parchment paper. Now melt 8 ounces of vanilla candy coating [almond bark] in a bowl following the directions on the package. Dip a strawberry into the white chocolate, let the excess drip off, and place on the wax paper-lined prepared baking sheet. Continue with the remaining strawberries.

White chocolate strawberries

To speed up the process, you can place the baking sheet in the fridge until hardened. It will take about 5-10 minutes.

Vanilla-dipped white strawberries

➌ Once the vanilla coating is hardened, dip the strawberries in the cooled cherry sauce. I like to dip some of the strawberries and then just splatter the rest. The best way and easiest way to splatter is to dip a silicone pastry brush into the sauce and flick the sauce onto the strawberries for a splattered look.

Cherry Vanilla Strawberries

What to Serve with Almond Bark Strawberries

✽ Peanut Butter Whisky Sour; To stay with the Scream theme, try out this cocktail! It is a spin on a classic whiskey sour except peanut butter whiskey is used instead. Then the top foam is splattered with the same delicious dark cherry sauce that these strawberries are splattered with!

✽ These cherry almond bark strawberries would look great on a Halloween charcuterie board. Check out my Halloween snack board for some other great ideas for a board!

Cherry Vanilla Strawberries: Questions

✽ Can I use white chocolate melts instead of vanilla candy coating [almond bark]?

Absolutely! While I find almond bark a lot easier to work with than melting chocolate, either one will work for this recipe. Melt the white chocolate melts (or white chocolate chips) according to their package instructions then just dip the strawberries in the exact same manner as this recipe into the melted chocolate.

✽ What's the difference between vanilla candy coating (almond bark) and white chocolate?

The difference is the fat used. White chocolate has cocoa butter while candy coating has palm oil. The palm oil used is hydrogenated (process that changes a liquid oil into a solid by combining with hydrogen) so that it is a solid at room temperature like cocoa butter.

The main thing to note here is that palm oil has a higher melting point than cocoa butter. This means that the candy coating is less likely to break when heating. That's why white chocolate often melted in a double boiler to prevent it from breaking.

This makes white candy melts (AKA- candy coating or almond bark) more fail proof than white chocolate.

✽ What other fruit sauce can I use?

Any other red fruit will work for the sauce. I've made strawberry sauce before, and it's really good. Raspberries would be a great option as well. As long as the sauce is red, you will end up with the perfect Halloween treats!

Strawberry and raspberry sauce would be made exactly the same as this cherry sauce. While using thawed frozen berries are easier to force the sieve, fresh berries can also be for this sauce.

For this recipe:

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Halloween Strawberries

Cherry-dipped Vanilla Strawberries

By Laura | Laura The Gastronaut
Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 1 pound of strawberries

Delicious vanilla or almond bark dipped strawberries that are dipped in a simple homemade black cherry sauce. The cherry, strawberry, and vanilla flavors are so tasty together. Splatter on the cherry sauce for a spooky treats on the spooky holiday and a Scream movie night snack.

*Some of these ingredient links may be affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.*

Ingredients

β€’ 1 cup frozen dark sweet cherries
β€’ 1/2 teaspoon sugar
β€’ 8 ounces vanilla candy coating (almond bark)
β€’ 1 pound whole strawberries

Instructions

➊ Thaw the frozen cherries in the microwave for 2 minutes at 30% power. You can also leave out at room temperature for about an hour to thaw.
βž‹ Force the thawed cherries through a sieve into a bowl using a wooden spoon (your spoon may stain red) until you get about 1/2 cup of juice. Whisk the sugar into the cherry juice. *Discard the leftover cherry mash in the strainer (or put it on top of a stack of pancakes- yum!)*
➌ Pour the mixture into a small saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until it begins to simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 8-10 minutes until thickened. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
➍ Melt the vanilla candy coating according to package directions. *Microwave on low setting in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second increments, stirring in-between intervals, until melted*
➎ Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Dip strawberries into melted candy coating and place on wax paper-lined baking sheet. Place in fridge until candy coating is hardened.
➏ Dip candy coated strawberries in the cooled cherry sauce. I like to dip some of the strawberries and splatter the rest. I use a silicone pastry brush into the sauce and flick the sauce of the strawberries for a splattered look.

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Category: Sweets, Halloween Cuisine: American
Keywords: Halloween chocolate covered strawberries, white spooky chocolate strawberries, Halloween menu, perfect Scream recipe, delightful dessert

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More Fun Halloween Recipes:

✽ Pumpkin Cheese Ball (my favorite treat is a cheese ball made with real pumpkin and shaped like a pumpkin)
✽ Strawberry Syrup (a delicious red syrup that's perfect for Halloween and making a strawberry ice cream cone)
✽ Halloween Snack Board (who can say no to a Halloween festive tray full of tasty snacks shaped as little ghosts and pumpkins? Perfect for Halloween night!)
β†’ Check out all of my Halloween recipes!

Bon appΓ©tit and Happy Halloween!

October 8, 2021 by Laura Bullock

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