Airheads Candy Mini Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Airheads was one of the awesome sponsors of Alt Design Summit this year.  I have always loved Airheads.  They have been one of my favorite fruity candies since I was a kid.  (My kids love them too.)

A challenge was issued to create an original Valentine’s treat using Airheads.  I’m sneaking in at the last minute!  I have racked my brain for weeks trying to think of what I could make to rival the ones made by the talented DIY and crafts bloggers who have also entered the contest.
And I came up with Airheads Candy Mini Chocolate-Covered Strawberries.  Genius, right?

Aren’t they darling?  I want to show you how easy they are to make.  It’s a fun twist on a classic Valentine’s Day treat.


Not only are they super cute, they taste pretty great too!

Airheads Candy Mini Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

What you need:

Red and/or pink Airheads candy (I used pink lemonade and cherry), two bars will make eight “strawberries”
Green Airheads candy, for leaves
1/4 cup Bittersweet, semisweet, milk, or white chocolate
1/2 tsp. butter
toothpicks
fork
kitchen shears or a sharp knife
something to cut out the leaves (I used a star piping tip)

Instructions:

Cut the pink and red Airheads into quarters and microwave for about 8 seconds, until they are soft and pliable.  Watch for hot spots that could burn your hands.  Squish them together into small balls and form into a strawberry shape. They don’t have to be super smooth–you want it to look like a strawberry, and the chocolate will cover any imperfections.  Use a toothpick to form a hole in the top, twist it a little to make it slightly larger than the toothpick itself. (If you don’t do this step, the toothpick might get stuck in the candy when you’re dipping them.)

Place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and the butter.  Microwave on 50% power at 30-45 second intervals until most of the chocolate is melted.  Keep stirring until all is melted.  Stick a toothpick into the top of each strawberry.  Dip into the melted chocolate, turning it to coat almost all the way to the top.  Let the excess drip off, transfer to parchment or waxed paper, use the fork to help ease the toothpick from the candy. If you want to, drizzle some of the leftover chocolate over the strawberry candies.  Place somewhere cool to completely harden.  (I put mine in the freezer for a few minutes.)

Cut the green Airhead in half and place on a piece of parchment and microwave as with the red and pink Airheads to soften.  Roll between two sheets of parchment until thin.  Use a small cookie cutter or piping tip to make the leaves.

Using a bit of melted chocolate, glue the leaves to the top of the strawberries.  Let the chocolate completely harden, and place in small paper candy cups, if desired.  Put in a box, make it pretty, and give to your Valentine!

One Response to “Airheads Candy Mini Chocolate-Covered Strawberries”

  1. Becky @ Project Domestication February 12, 2013 at 12:50 am #

    This is so clever! I love airheads too, I’m glad to hear your kiddos love them too.

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