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Sports- Dipped Strawberries

Father’s Day is coming up next weekend, so you may wish to make a little treat for good old Dad… or your Grandfather… or your husband… or your kid’s baseball team. I saw this idea in a teeny tiny advertisement in a magazine recently. The ad was for one of those goodie, mail ordering companies, and their sport’s dipped strawberries were $24.99 for just 6 dipped strawberries. Yikes. That’s just crazy. I was pretty sure I could replicate these at home for a lot less than that.

All you need is a little bit of patience, a steady hand, and just 5 ingredients.

Michaels or other craft stores carry these Wilton Candy Melts in various colors. They’re $2.99 per bag, so $12 plus tax. I didn’t mind picking these up because I inevitably use the leftovers for other baking projects too.Β  I haven’t had much luck in the past with melting and coloring regular white chocolate, so these little disks work great.

Strawberries are plentiful and ripe right now. Mine were 2 pints for $5.

The candy melts work great – no tempering of the chocolate is involved. Just place them in a glass dish and microwave for a couple of minutes; stir until smooth, and the strawberries are ready to dip. I worked on the baseball strawberries first.

For easy piping, I take out a throwaway plastic sandwich baggie and cut a hole in the corner. I use a small tip (Wilton #2), pop it into the corner and tape it in place. Then I spoon the melted candy melts into the baggie and it makes for simple, no-fuss piping.

With a steady hand, pipe the “laces” onto the baseball.

And there it is!

I made basketballs too- orange colored candy melts and then I melted a few dark chocolate chips to use for the lines on the basketball.

The footballs were made from the cocoa candy melts and white piping.

It probably took me a good hour to make them all. I made these in the morning and left them at room temperature until serving them several hours later. I brought them to a barbecue yesterday and watched them disappear rather quickly. People seemed to be intrigued by the sport’s theme, so it’s no wonder that the mail order companies are able to sell them… even at that exorbitant price! It cost me no more than $20 to make mine. Depending on how large your strawberries are, I’d say you can easily make 24 to 32 dipped berries from two pints. There is no gluten in Wilton’s Candy Melts, so this recipe is safe for those who need to be gluten free πŸ™‚

Enjoy, and Happy Father’s Day!

Yield: 24 to 36 dipped berries

Prep Time: 60 min + freezing time

Cook Time: 12 min

Sports- Dipped Strawberries

These strawberries are fun for Father's Day or sport's- themed parties...


Wilton's candy melts- white, orange, cocoa and red
2 pints of strawberries


1. Make baseball-dipped berries: Melt white candy melts in a glass bowl in the microwave (about 2 minutes). Stir until smooth. Dip strawberries in white and set on waxed paper. Once the strawberries are all dipped and set, melt a few of the red candy melts in a glass bowl (microwaved). Spoon the melted red into a piping bag (or use a sandwich baggie with the corner snipped off and a small tip inserted into the corner- Wilton #2). Carefully pipe laces onto the white dipped "baseballs." Let them set before moving to a platter.

2. Make basketball-dipped berries: Melt orange candy melts just as you melted the white. Dip strawberries into the orange and set them on waxed paper. Then melt a few of the cocoa melts and spoon those into a piping bag with a small tip. Carefully draw basketball lines on the orange dipped "basketballs." Let them set before moving to a platter.

3. Make football-dipped berries: Melt cocoa candy melts just as you melted the others. Dip strawberries into the brown and set them on waxed paper. Then melt a few of the white melts and spoon those into a piping bag with a small tip. Carefully draw a line across the bottom and the top of brown-dipped "footballs" and draw the laces down the front. Let them set before moving to a platter.


*Wilton candy melts (or other brands) may be found online and at craft and baking stores. They are GLUTEN FREE.
*If you'd like a darker line on your dipped basketballs, melt a few dark chocolate chips and use those for piping in place of the melted cocoa disks.

*These can be made early in the day and left at room temperature until ready to serve, or stick them in the refrigerator until ready to serve.



  1. postedJun 13, 2011 7:11 AM

    What a fun idea! I am sure the dad’s will go crazy for these!

  2. postedJun 13, 2011 7:20 AM

    What a cute idea! So appropriate for Father’s Day or for your favorite guy’s birthday.

  3. postedJun 13, 2011 7:34 AM

    These are SUCH a cute idea! Love!

  4. postedJun 13, 2011 7:54 AM


  5. postedJun 13, 2011 7:57 AM

    Those are really cute, Lori!

  6. postedJun 13, 2011 8:03 AM

    Oh these are adorable! What a fun way to decorate, and guys won’t shy away from eating them this way πŸ˜‰

  7. postedJun 13, 2011 8:07 AM

    Wow! Looks fantastic! My daughter would go gaga for these!

  8. postedJun 13, 2011 8:16 AM

    So cute, and delicious looking! πŸ™‚

  9. postedJun 13, 2011 8:16 AM

    I am with you on how crazy the cost of chocolate dipped strawberries. And, they’re so easy to make. I love love love what you did here. So fun! And definite crowd pleasers.

  10. postedJun 13, 2011 9:11 AM
    Lauren @ KeepItSweet

    These are so fun! What a great idea to make your own, I bet they are better than the $$$ version!

  11. postedJun 13, 2011 9:39 AM

    LOVE these! So fun.

  12. postedJun 13, 2011 10:00 AM

    Love it! Now I really can’t wait for football season to start πŸ™‚

  13. postedJun 13, 2011 10:19 AM

    VERY cute!

  14. postedJun 13, 2011 10:30 AM

    Those are really great, Lori! My sons would love them.
    My dad is gone, but he’d insist upon something much more fattening and filling….like bread pudding or spice cake. He loved his desserts. And they did him no harm as he lived to 94.

  15. postedJun 13, 2011 10:58 AM

    You are too darn cute, Lori! What a fun idea.

  16. postedJun 13, 2011 11:04 AM

    I really like this idea! absolutely delicious-looking strawberries πŸ™‚

  17. postedJun 13, 2011 11:10 AM

    Great Idea, Lori!

  18. postedJun 13, 2011 11:27 AM

    These are just too cute!!! I can’t wait to give this a try!!

  19. postedJun 13, 2011 11:55 AM

    Those are really cute!

  20. postedJun 13, 2011 12:26 PM
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    Hello steady hands! And creativity!

    Lori, these are adorable. Too cute to eat. Well, almost πŸ™‚

  21. postedJun 13, 2011 1:01 PM

    Absolutely adorable!! What a great idea for Father’s Day!

    I wish we would have used these candy melts instead of white chocolate chips when we just made some dipped strawberries for a baby shower. Our chips failed miserably!

  22. postedJun 13, 2011 2:06 PM

    Very creative!

  23. postedJun 13, 2011 2:52 PM

    These are so cute!! Unfortunately while the melts are gluten free, they aren’t peanut/nut free, or I would be making this for sure. πŸ™‚

  24. postedJun 13, 2011 3:20 PM

    Very cute. Love it!

  25. postedJun 13, 2011 6:50 PM

    These are super cute Lori! Love them!

  26. postedJun 13, 2011 7:14 PM

    These are darling! Perfect for the sports lover!

  27. postedJun 13, 2011 8:20 PM

    What an adorable idea! I love it!

  28. postedJun 13, 2011 9:23 PM

    Oh my goodness!! These are just awesome! I love your creativity.

  29. postedJun 13, 2011 9:24 PM
    RecipeGirl's Mom

    These are just darling and so are you! Another GF treasure.

  30. postedJun 13, 2011 9:48 PM

    Sooooo cute Lori! You the bomb-diggity!! πŸ™‚

  31. postedJun 14, 2011 3:26 AM

    Those have to be the coolest dipped strawberries I’ve ever seen! Love them! I’m going to have to remember them next spring when it comes time to celebrate the end of baseball season again!

  32. postedJun 14, 2011 7:11 AM

    Adorable! These would be perfect for a sports-loving father, but I’m imagining them for an end-of-the-season sports party!

  33. postedJun 14, 2011 3:21 PM

    These are just darling! I love it!

  34. postedJun 14, 2011 4:07 PM
    Mikaela Cowles

    Fantastic! I don’t think these have to only be for Father’s Day. They look like a fantastic option no matter what!

  35. postedJun 14, 2011 8:11 PM

    These are so fun!!

  36. postedJun 15, 2011 2:03 PM

    These would go over well for an end of season kids basketball or soccer team party.

  37. postedJun 20, 2011 9:57 AM

    Well, mine didn’t turn out NEARLY as cute as yours. I was racing against the clock, trying to put a toddler down for a nap, and going on not nearly enough sleep. But they were decent looking and my family loved them. They were cute enough that I feel the need to try again, and perhaps they will be good enough to send a pic of my own. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  38. postedJun 27, 2011 4:31 AM

    These are adorable! I actually prefer homemade than store bought. I like really dark chocolate so this way I can make it the way I want πŸ™‚ I’m totally going to be trying these!!

  39. postedJul 22, 2011 7:02 PM

    my husband just saw these and LOVED them (no small feat!)! I shared your tutorial here:

  40. postedJul 23, 2011 7:11 AM

    WOW…what a great idea! These are so cute! Found you through

  41. postedJan 12, 2012 3:29 PM

    Going to make the baseball ones for my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day!!

  42. postedMay 17, 2012 2:44 PM

    Those are great!! My 8 year old said he wants these for his next birthday. πŸ™‚

  43. postedJun 29, 2012 10:28 AM

    I was literally just on the verge of paying $105 for 2 dozen sport themed strawberries for my son’s 2 year old birthday party (crazy, I know) when I came across this page. Thank you for the instructions!!

  44. postedJun 27, 2013 8:50 PM

    How do they taste using the candy melts instead of chocolate chips?

    • postedJun 29, 2013 6:17 AM

      Not as good, of course, but they work out fine and taste decent.

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