Patriotic Party Treats – Berry Sparklers
These festive red, white & blue fruit treats can be quickly prepared beforehand, or you can let people make them during the party instead. Dipping and rolling these colorful, sparkling berries will be the hit of your event!
Strawberries & blueberries work best, but raspberries and blackberries (or chunks of fruit that you like best) can be used for variety if you prefer. First, wash the (uncut, whole) strawberries and gently pat to dry (with a towel of your choice that will not be stained by the juice, such as a paper towel). Fill a couple shallow bowls with colored sugar. You can make your own colors with a gentle mixture of two drops of food coloring into 1/4 cup of sugar. It could be fun to have several different colors and a bunch of bowls, if you are setting this up as a party activity.
For each quart of fruit, combine 8 oz. softened cream cheese, 4 tsp. confectioners sugar, 1/4 cup milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. Use a fork to whip this mixture until it is smooth and creamy.
Hold the strawberries by their stems, dip each one in the cream cheese mixture, and then roll them in the colored sugar. Use toothpicks to spear blueberries, blackberries or chunks of fruit before dipping and rolling them to make things easier. Enjoy!