Amazing, delicious, OMG, wow - why didn’t I think of these!?
Recently we had a little contest, that some of you may have heard of… if not, you seriously need to join Club CandiQuik. The contest was named the “Make Our Ad” Contest. The Grand Prize Winner is receiving free CANDIQUIK for a year – yes, FREE!
Oh – and did I mention her recipe is going to be featured in our next national magazine ad?! Total bragging rights.
Here were the 3 finalists if you’re curious.
This recipe that I am about to share, however, did not “Make our Ad” BUT it was dang good!
So I must share these Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries.
I added a little red,white, and blue theme since the 4th of July is coming up.
These were hers:
The big strawberries are easiest to fill, but the little ones are totally one-biters - so set those aside (for you) - then you can manage the temptation while piping cheesecake into the other berries.
Chocolate covered strawberries pale in comparison to chocolate covered strawberries STUFFED with cheesecake.
Here is what you will need:
- 2 packages (16 oz.) Vanilla CANDIQUIK Candy Coating (One package is used in the cheesecake mixture, the other used to coat the strawberries!)
- 48 strawberries washed and dried
- 2 packages (8 oz.) cream cheese – softened to room temperature (pop in the microwave to soften if necessary)
- 1 box (3.4 oz.) Jell-O cheesecake flavored pudding (feel free to use the smaller – 1 oz. – sugar free, fat free Jell-O cheesecake recipe too, it works just as well)
- 1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip -also thawed
- Blue sugar sprinkles
Using a knife, cut out the center (hull) of each strawberry, as deep as you can without going through the bottom. Set aside.
Melt Vanilla (or chocolate if you wish) CANDIQUIK Candy Coating according to package directions.
Dip each strawberry in CANDIQUIK. Before coating is set, dip about 1/4 of the strawberry in the blue sugar sprinkles. Set on wax paper to dry. (If it is hard to hold onto the strawberry, use a toothpick to dip)
Melt the remaining package of Vanilla CANDIQUIK according to package directions (for the cheesecake filling).
In a medium bowl, place the 2 blocks of softened cream cheese and dry pudding mix. Pour the melted CANDIQUIK over the top of these and blend until well mixed. Slowly fold in the cool whip (about 1/3 of the container at a time).
Spoon the cheesecake mixture into a piping bag (if you don’t have a pastry bag, you could definitely use a plastic sandwich bag with a corner snipped off, same diff) and pipe the cheesecake into each strawberry! Yum!
I saved the stems of the berry purely for the photo… but mint would look nice as a little garnish!
TIP: Pipe cheesecake into strawberry immediately before serving. Or as close to serving as possible. They will look nicer!
What I love about this recipe (and the other two finalists): they are all easy peasy!
I WILL be sharing the other two with ya soon – stay tuned!