Looking for a fun patriotic dessert? Try making these strawberry s’mores for an easy 4th of July dessert that you can make with the kids!
What are Strawberry S’mores
Strawberry s’mores are the offspring of a traditional campfire s’mores and dipped strawberries. Instead of the graham cracker being the vehicle for the melted chocolate and toasted marshmallow, strawberry s’mores uses a whole strawberry to hold strawberry fluff that’s topped with a blueberry. Then, the strawberry is dipped in delicious melted chocolate that’s coated with crushed graham. It’s so yummy and a great refreshing summer fruit dessert!
There are only a few basic ingredients needed to make strawberry s’mores and there is no baking or stovetop cooking involved, which makes this a great cooking project to do with kids too.
- Fresh strawberries – Try to look for strawberries that are a medium size because it will need to hold marshmallow fluff and a blueberry, but also be able to fit into the slot of a standard ice cube tray (what will hold the strawberries). How many baskets of strawberries will depend on how many trays of strawberry s’mores you want to make. For three trays, I used two small strawberry baskets as not all the strawberries will work for the trays. Any remaining strawberries I didn’t use were frozen for smoothies, but you can eat them too.
- Fresh blueberries – As with the strawberries, try to find blueberries that aren’t too big or too small. I use the largest container of blueberries as the reminder will be used in the trays for finger food snacks or can be frozen for smoothies.
- Marshmallow fluff – This will be the filling inside of the strawberries.
- Chocolate – I use Callebaut Dark Callets, but you could use any good chocolate of your choice.
- Graham crackers – About half a sleeve of crushed graham crackers will be needed to make strawberry s’mores.
- Mini marshmallows – Used to fill the trays for snacking.
- Microwave – Use to melt chocolate and soften marshmallow fluff.
- Quart Ziplock bag or Piping Bag with Small Tip – Needed to pipe marshmallow fluff into the strawberries. A bag will also be used for crushing the graham crackers.
- Ice cube trays – This will be the serving tray for the strawberry s’mores, blueberries, and marshmallows.
- Bowls – For crushed graham crackers and to melt chocolate.
- Meat mallet – Use to crush graham crackers. A pot can be substituted for a mallet.
- Cutting board – Use to cut strawberries.
- Boba straw – Use to core out the center of the strawberry. Substitute with a small knife or strawberry corer.
- Small Knife – Cut strawberries and core the center if not using a boba straw.
- Small spatula – Help mix chocolate.
- Paper towels – To dry out fruits and remove any excess liquids.
How to Make Strawberry S’mores
Step 1. Wash and dry the strawberries and blueberries. Place blueberries on a paper towel to dry. Place another paper towel on top of the blueberries and gently roll blueberries around to remove all excess water. Set aside. While the blueberries are drying, slice the tops of the strawberries off.
Step 2. Core the center of the strawberries out. Try to just get the center as taking out too much strawberry flesh out will create excess liquid.
Step 3. Place sliced and cored side of strawberries, face down on a paper towel to help remove any excess strawberry juices. Use another paper towel to blot off any water on the outside of the strawberries. This will ensure the chocolate will adhere to the strawberry.
Prepare Filling and Toppings
Step 4. Prepare marshmallow fluff by placing about 1/4 cup into a sealable quart-sized Ziplock bag. If the marshmallow fluff is too thick, place bag in microwave for about 8-10 seconds. Snip a small corner of the bag that’s just large enough to pipe the marshmallow fluff into the center of the cored strawberries. Set aside.
Step 5. – Place about 1 cup of chocolate nibs into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave at 80% power for 30 seconds increments, mixing between microwaving, until the chocolate is melted and smooth. It should take about 1 minute or slightly longer. Set aside.
Tip: Use a plastic microwave safe bowl (glass can get too hot) to prevent burning the chocolate, stop microwaving when almost all the chocolate bits have melted. Then, mix with a spatula to melt the remaining chocolate bits.
Step 6. – Place half a sleeve of graham crackers into a Ziplock bag and crush with a mallet. Put into a bowl. Set aside.
Assemble Strawberry S’mores
Step 7. – Squeeze a small amount of marshmallow fluff into the center of a strawberry. Fill with just enough to come to the top of the strawberry.
Step 8. – Dip filled strawberry into melted chocolate, just about 1/2 way up the strawberry. It may be helpful to use a spoon or spatula to distribute chocolate around the strawberry.
Step 9. – Immediately cover chocolate dipped strawberries with crushed graham crumbs.
Tip: I initially pushed the strawberries into the crumbs, but it caused the chocolate to shift. Instead, it’s best to gently scoop the graham crumbs onto the chocolate.
Step 10. – Place strawberry s’mores upright, into every other slot in an ice cube tray. Then, add a single blueberry onto the marshmallow fluff center. Place trays in the fridge for 20-30 minutes to let the chocolate set. These can be made a day ahead if needed. Place any remaining unused fruits in the fridge to fill the tray when ready to serve.
Tip: Do not lay the strawberries on a their sides as the blueberries will slide off. It’s best to keep the strawberries upright.
Step 11. – When ready to serve, take remaining blueberries and mini marshmallows to fill in every other open space. Alternate the blueberries and marshmallows around the strawberry s’mores to create a red, white, and blue patriotic dessert tray.
Who knew ice cube trays could be used to present such a fun patriotic dessert for 4th of July?! These are easy to make and taste delicious!
Let me know in the comments if you’ll be trying this for Indenpence Day or for a refreshing summer dessert.