Strawberry Santa Hats

Strawberry Santa Hats is my first post in this year’s Christmas Planning In July Series. Over the last few years, I have taken time in July to make some handmade gifts, start some basic planning and think about presents for people.

As odd as it may seem to do this in July, I am always so grateful for the preparation when it gets to late November and we have birthdays, Christmas parties and end of school celebrations to work around.

You can find my previous Christmas Planning In July series here:

These Strawberry Santa Hats are easy to make and a fun activity to do with the kids. While I am not making these in advance obviously as these sweet treats are best devoured on the day they are made, but thinking of any ideas you have tucked away from last Christmas can help you decide on a theme for Christmas 2012 if you haven’t already decided on one.

Strawberry Santa Hats

Strawberry Santa Hats
Ingredients:
Strawberry Santa Hats

  • 500 grams strawberries
  • 110 grams good quality white chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 15 – 20 mini marshmallows (half the number of strawberries you have)

Method:
Strawberry Santa Hats
1. Cut the top off the strawberries so as to make a flat base. When choosing strawberries, try for packs that have similar sized strawberries. Really large strawberries don’t tend to work as well.

Strawberry Santa Hats
2. Cut the mini marshmallows in half and set aside.

Strawberry Santa Hats
3. Pour coconut into a small container and line a tray with baking paper.

4. Break up chocolate and place into microwavable bowl. The bowl shouldn’t be too big as you want the melted chocolate to be about 0.75cm – 1cm deep to dip the strawberries into.

5. Melt the chocolate on high for about a minute, stir then melt again for a further 15 seconds or until fully melted. (This time could be less if you have a more powerful microwave.)

Strawberry Santa Hats
6. Add the oil to the chocolate and mix thoroughly so it is well blended. The oil just thins the chocolate slightly, making for easier dipping.

Strawberry Santa Hats
7. Dip the strawberry into the chocolate so you have about 0.5cm coverage up the side of the strawberry.

Strawberry Santa Hats
8. Place the chocolate covered strawberry into the coconut.

Strawberry Santa Hats
9. Flick the coconut up onto the sides. Don’t move the strawberry to much or else you may leave some of the chocolate behind.

Strawberry Santa Hats
10. Place on the tray and gently press on the strawberry to create a flat bottom. Then go through and do the same for all the strawberries.

Strawberry Santa Hats
11. Using a thin stick (I used the end of a chopstick) dap some white chocolate onto one of the halved mini marshmallows and stick it on top of the strawberry. Then go through and do the same for all the strawberries to make your very cute little Strawberry Santa Hats.

Strawberry Santa Hats
12. Place in the fridge for at least an hour until the chocolate is set. These are best eaten on the day they are made. From our 500gms strawberries we made 30 Strawberry Santa Hats.

Strawberry Santa Hats

Have you commenced any planning for Christmas 2012 or am I just the only mad one?

Strawberry Santa Hats
 
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Recipe type: celebrations
Ingredients:
  • 500 grams strawberries
  • 110 grams good quality white chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  • 15 - 20 mini marshmallows (half the number of strawberries you have)
Method:
  1. Cut the top off the strawberries so as to make a flat base. When choosing strawberries, try for packs that have similar sized strawberries. Really large strawberries don't tend to work as well.
  2. Cut the mini marshmallows in half and set aside.
  3. Pour coconut into a small container and line a tray with baking paper.
  4. Break up chocolate and place into microwavable bowl. The bowl shouldn't be too big as you want the melted chocolate to be about 0.75cm - 1cm deep to dip the strawberries into.
  5. Melt the chocolate on high for about a minute, stir then melt again for a further 15 seconds or until fully melted. (This time could be less if you have a more powerful microwave.)
  6. Add the oil to the chocolate and mix thoroughly so it is well blended. The oil just thins the chocolate slightly, making for easier dipping.
  7. Dip the strawberry into the chocolate so you have about 0.5cm coverage up the side of the strawberry.
  8. Place the chocolate covered strawberry into the coconut.
  9. Flick the coconut up onto the sides. Don't move the strawberry to much or else you may leave some of the chocolate behind.
  10. Place on the tray and gently press on the strawberry to create a flat bottom. Then go through and do the same for all the strawberries.
  11. Using a thin stick (I used the end of a chopstick) dap some white chocolate onto one of the halved mini marshmallows and stick it on top of the strawberry. Then go through and do the same for all the strawberries to make your very cute little Strawberry Santa Hats.
  12. Place in the fridge for at least an hour until the chocolate is set. These are best eaten on the day they are made. From our 500gms strawberries we made 30 Strawberry Santa Hats.

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Comments

  1. Jo Smith says

    Very cute. These will go well at our annual friends Christmas gathering. I’ve started preparing one gift – homemade vanilla essence and have picked up some little mini bottles from the op shops.

  2. Lulu says

    Wow- I wouldn’t say mad, but perhaps super-organized! I have a pintrest board for my Christmas ideas but that’s as far as I’ve got (and , of course, I’ve pinned this idea). I might start a list of Christmas gift ideas now that you’ve inspired me. ps I made your ‘Christmas freckles’ as a gift for playgroup friends last year and they were a big hit.

  3. deanna says

    With larger families you are never mad to start preparing anything to early especially Christmas.Hopefully this year is the year that i can master planning ahead. My family has 5 birthdays in the 6 weeks leading up to xmas. With your ideas that you are doing it should be a less stressed and a very delicious one.Good luck with your xmas plans. Cheers.

  4. Theresa says

    You are the only one I know but I Love You! It’s just this month I first have thought ‘this year is half over, this year IS again ‘flying by’ I know people will be SO shocked when Christmas is nigh!’ Love this recipe and I WILL make it this year for Christmas in NZ at my folks :-)

  5. Theresa says

    Actually I confess I have started thinking of cool reasonable gifts I can buy for the many aunts and extended family this year!

  6. says

    Thanks Nicole, I love these, as I was reading the post my girls walked in and said “oh, mum, those are so cute”. Guess I’ll be making them :).

  7. Katy says

    I made these on Saturday with my 3 year old to take to a friends house for our Christmas in July celebrations. Super easy & fun to make & delicious – will be making tham again at Christmas time – thanks for sharing.

    • says

      Thanks for letting me know Katy. You are the 3rd person I know who has taken them along to a Christmas in July party. I love hearing that my recipes get used :) . Have a great rest of the week.

      Nic