Straws & Stripes! Patriotic Strawberries

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The 4th of July is upon us and what better way to celebrate than making some festive treats! I picked up these red, white and blue straws at TJ Maxx for $1.99 and just had to find a way to use them! After much brainstorming, I decided that they would be the perfect garnish for some patriotic chocolate covered strawberries!

What You’ll Need:
+ 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, melted (Trader Joe’s are dairy-free!)
+ 1 pound strawberries with stems chopped (about 20), washed and dried very well
+ Red, white & blue paper straws ( I got mine at TJ Maxx!)
+ 100% organic unsweetened coconut flakes (preservative and junk free!)

Directions:
+ Line a sheet pan or countertop with parchment or wax paper. Place the washed and dried strawberries on a cutting board and cut off the stem of each berry.
+ Next, use scissors to cut each paper straw in half. Stick each straw-half through the center of the berry where the stem would have been.
+ Place the chocolate chips into a small saucepan and turn the heat to the lowest setting. Allow the chocolate chips to melt (the slower the better) and stir until the chips are almost fully melted.
+ Just before the chips are fully melted, remove the pan from heat and allow the rest of the chocolate to melt. If you are having issues melting the chips or if they seem to be overheating feel free to add a bit of coconut oil to help blend the chocolate.
+ Dip each strawberry into the melted chocolate, using the straw to rotate the berry. Once covered in chocolate, roll each berry on a plate full of coconut flakes and place on parchment paper to dry.
+ Repeat with the rest of the strawberries and allow the chocolate to set, about 30 minutes.