Wednesday, December 16, 2009

White Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Pretzels and Truffles

I found these wonderful white chocolate confections at a local store called U-Bake. They're made by a our local chocolatier - Ambrosia Chocolate. I believe some Costco stores also carry their products also.

Even though I'm a dark chocolate devotee, there is something about white chocolate that looks so Christmas-y and festive for the holidays.

I started out my white-chocolate dipping adventure 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 should try making them myself. I just needed to find the little white sprinkles which I also found at U-Bake. Using microwaved, melted white chocolate again, I dipped the pretzels in the melted chocolate and swirled them around with a wooden skewer until they were covered with chocolate. I used the skewer to lift them out and placed on parchment paper then added white sprinkles immediately.

Using the last of the white chocolate, I made a ganache using the same method in my recent hazelnut truffle post  then rolled the white chocolate truffles in peppermint candy.

Here's wishing you a White Christmas!


Marsha said...

Speechless! I have photo envy on how good all of your photos turn out :)

The sparkling strawberries are works of heart but looking at the photo of the snow dusted pretzels with the snowflakes falling down on the screen warms my heart.

I need to take a photo of my marzipan from Debbie - we have some the same and some different :)

Thank you for participating and bringing such beauty to the chocolate party!

Marsha said...

Oops, forgot to mention the peppermint truffles - they also are wonderful works of art :) My mind is still on tasting those strawberries, LOL!

Jayme said...

I just love chocolate covered strawberries. I can't help but dip a couple in chocolate every time I buy them. However here in MN there is a season for buying good strawberries and winter isn't one of them.

The snow flakes on your blog are too cute!

Unknown said...

I love so much the bretzels, they are wonderfull

Martha said...

I want one of those strawberries -- NOW!!!!

What wonderful white chocolate treats and I never thought to roll white chocolate truffles in peppermint -- you could do that with the chocolate chocolate ones as well -- Great idea!!!

Now I want to go make something white chocolate!

Federica Simoni said...

ciao! che bello il tuo blog con la neve!!!

splendida ricetta!! complimenti come sempre!! ciao ciao!

Brenda S Okie in Colorado said...

The strawberries are beautiful with the sparkling sugar. I love to drizzle white chocolate over fresh raspberries. Just pour raspberries onto a parchment or waxed paper lined cookie sheet, pour melted white chocolate over, when the white chocolate sets, just break off pieces.

Carol said...

I love white chocolate! It all looks so delicious and super festive with the white chocolate, Susan!

Debbie's marzipan was a very welcome treat!

La Table De Nana said...

From top to bottom..everything is in one word adorable.

White and sprinkles and red and marzipan..
Quite magical:) It's a Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

Cathy said...

It's all wonderful, especially those gorgeous strawberries.

Foley said...

You can pack all of them up and send them off to me!!! All look so delicious and your photography is beautiful!!!

Cynthia said...

Susan, what a pretty post ... I didn't realize pretzels could look so elegant. The white chocolate strawberries are lovely with the sanding sugar. And the truffles rolled in peppermint ... how fun!

Fantastic photos ... love how the red and white POPS.

A Grain of Salt said...

Susan, they're all so pretty! You have the touch to make them perfect. Debbie's fruit was adorable!

Cristie said...

Beautiful, all of your treats look perfect. White chocoate is my husband's favorite, I may have to endulge him and try my hand at one or two of these.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Lovely as always Susan! The white chocolate makes everything look so elegant.

I'm glad you like the marzipan. I always put them on my cookie platters just to give it some extra color.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Thank you for the comments, everyone!

Brenda what a great idea regarding the raspberries!

Joanne said...

I have been SO craving white chocolate lately. I am posting some recipes soon with what I did.

Your chocolate-covered pretzels look fantastic as do those truffles and the strawberries. DOes anything taste bad covered in white chocolate? I think not.

Marysol said...

Susan, the festive red and icy white epitomizes the look and feel of Christmas.

And the white chocolate puts the berries, pretzels and candies in a very festive light! The marzipan minis are so cute too.

This is nothing short of wonderful and magical!

Wishes for the Merriest of Holidays to you and your dear ones, Susan!