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I found these wonderful white chocolate confections at a local store called U-Bake. They're made by a wonderful local chocolatier called Ambrosia Chocolate. I believe some Costco stores carry their products.
Judging from my last post, you will be surprised to find me using white chocolate today, but there's something about white chocolate that looks so Christmas-y and festive for the holidays.
I started out with some white chocolate covered strawberries sprinkled with sparkling sugar. Basically, all you need to do is start with clean and dry strawberries. Melt the white chocolate confection in the microwave in a small microwaveable bowl for about 30 seconds. Stir, and microwave for a little longer if the chocolate isn't completely melted. Do not microwave too long. With a spoon, drip the chocolate over the sides of the berries, spreading to cover, while holding the stem of the strawberry. I allowed them to harden on parchment paper and then drizzled a little more white chocolate on them and then added the sparkling sugar.
One of the main reasons I wanted to use white chocolate is I had seen white chocolate-covered pretzels just like these at a favorite store and thought I could try making them myself. I just needed to find the little white sprinkles, which was not an easy task at this time of year. Again, U-Bake to the rescue! Using microwaved, melted white chocolate again, dip the pretzels in the melted chocolate and swirl around with a wooden skewer until covered with chocolate. Lift out with the skewer and place on parchment paper and add white sprinkles immediately to coat.
Using the last of the white chocolate, I made a ganache using the same method in my truffle post below and rolled the white chocolate truffles in peppermint candy.
Even though they're not chocolate, I have to share these beautiful marzipan fruits and veggies that were a gift from my friend Debbie at Mountain Breaths. They are from a local Italian bakery near her in New York! Isn't that little acorn cute!? Thank you, Debbie!