Flowers and candy – the most common gifts given on Valentine’s Day. Who wouldn’t love something sweet to eat and something sweet to look at from their special someone? The confections you choose might be a little costly but wait until you see the price on the roses! Ouch! Make a strawberry rose bouquet and you give flowers and confections at the same time while spending just a fraction of the money.
There is more than one way to make a bouquet that’s edible and lovely. One way is to use candy melts, like Wilton brand. The melts are hard when you buy them, and after they’re melted and added to the strawberries, they harden. The candy melts are available in colors of pink, white or chocolate so you can make the bouquet you want.
No matter what type of strawberry bouquet you make you’ll start with a dozen wooden skewers. Tint the tan skewers green by applying food coloring to them with a cotton ball or swab. Allow these to dry completely before sliding on the strawberries.
Slide clean, dry, stemmed strawberries – the larger the better – onto the ends of the skewers. Place one strawberry on each skewer so that you insert the stick through the wide end of the berry. Push the skewer about two-thirds of the way into the strawberry.
Melt the candies according to the directions on the package. Swirl each strawberry around in the melted chocolates so that you completely cover each one. Stand the strawberry back in the vase and do the same to the rest of them. Add pieces of fresh mint to the vase to represent the greenery amongst the roses. Keep the bouquet refrigerated until time to give it.
Make your own chocolate strawberry bouquet by simply melting chocolate chips. Cut a small cube of paraffin and melt it with the chocolate. The paraffin will help the chocolate harden as it dries.
Yet another way to create a strawberry bouquet for Valentine’s Day is to simply apply frosting to the strawberries. Use canned frosting, or frosting you’ve made yourself, that is white, pink or chocolate. Swirl it around the strawberries and, when they’re all covered, place them in the refrigerator.
If you can’t find fresh mint you can use artificial stems and leaves from a craft store to complete the bouquet. It’s delicious, it’s beautiful, and it’s the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for any girl or woman. The bouquet won’t cost much but the recipient will never know that!