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:
- Christmas Planning In July 2011
- Christmas Planning In July 2010
- Christmas Planning In July 2009
- Christmas Planning In July 2008
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
- 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)
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.
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.)
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.
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