I think this Fourth of July dessert got a higher rating than my Patriotic Funfetti Cake from the peanut gallery. The cake is phenomenal, but after testing at least three in the course of a week, I think the promise of something fresh, featuring sweet summer berries, was just too delicious to pass up. The sparklers are also on a stick, and as we all know, food on a stick just tastes better.
When I plan a barbecue, I always like to offer a variety of simple menu options so everyone can find something to eat. This is especially important when it comes to dessert, because when you’ve already indulged all day, you might be too full for a high calorie dessert, but still want something sweet. If these berry sparkler kebabs aren’t gobbled up before the meal ends, they are the perfect choice.
In season blueberries and strawberries look beautiful together. I added a little extra sweetness by dipping the very top strawberry on each sparkler in some good quality white chocolate and topping with some silver edible glitter. That’s optional, of course, but I love the way it looked! Use whatever chocolate you like, and add sprinkles, or don’t, these will still be enjoyed. In fact, I was barely able to photograph these before they were disappearing off the tray!
You can make these a few hours in advance if you use wooden skewers, and store in the refrigerator. It’s best to leave the dipping until closer to party time because refrigerating the dipped berries and then bringing them to sit at room temperature can cause condensation that will prevent the chocolate from properly staying on the berry.
Enjoy! I hope you all have a safe, happy, and healthy Fourth of July!
- 6" skewers
- chocolate for dipping (optional)
- sprinkles for decoration (optional)
- Wash and dry the berries. Cut the tops off the strawberries.
- Add blueberries and strawberries to your skewers, finishing the top of each skewer with a strawberry.
- If desired, melt chocolate in the microwave or a double boiler and dip the end strawberry in the chocolate. Add sprinkles if desired. Place the skewer on wax paper so the chocolate can set.