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How to Candy Strawberries. These easy candied strawberry slices are gorgeous and easy to make. They are the perfect addition to your cupcake and cake recipes or a delicious sweet snack! 

how to make candy strawberries

Ready for the most incredible strawberry candy recipe? It is beyond simple to make and takes only THREE ingredients! But let’s step back a second and answer the biggest question… What exactly are candy strawberries?

Candied strawberries are ripe pieces of fruit that are covered in a candy coating. They are most commonly used as a fun treat or decoration for you favorite dessert. You can make this easy candy strawberry recipe as whole berries or in slices. I prefer the slices.

I decided to candy mine in slices and use as a cupcake topper for my Strawberry Champagne Cupcakes, but also because we love to eat these as a grab-and-go treat. They are scrumptious and the slices are ideal for treating yourself.

Water and Sugar beside a pot

What You Need For Candy Coated Strawberries

Ready to dive into how to make candied strawberries? First we need to talk about ingredients. Most recipes call for corn syrup. If you are making whole berries, this works great. But we like to use a simple syrup made of just water and sugar. It gives you that same delicious candy coating, but one less step in the process.

  • Strawberries- Ripe is best, but they will be coated in sugar so it is ok if they are a little less sweet.
  • Sugar
  • Water

By the way, while mine are slices, my good friend Ashlee has an amazing whole berry version. If that’s what you are searching for, hop on over to her site and check out the tutorial.

Fresh strawberries in a colander for strawberry candy recipes

How To Make Candied Strawberries With Sugar And Water

The first step in the process is making a simple syrup from sugar and water. Simple syrup is made from equal parts water and sugar. You bring both ingredients to a light boil just until the sugar is dissolved. Once it has cooled you can use it in a variety of recipes like these candy covered strawberries, limeade, cocktails and more.

  • Start by combining half of a cup of sugar with half of a cup of water in a saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil. Make sure you are stirring frequently to avoid any burnt sugar on the bottom of the pan.
  • Once the sugar has dissolved completely, take the pan off of the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature.

For Candied Strawberries In Oven

  • Next in the step process is hulling the strawberries. Hulling a berry is a fancy way of saying removing the stem. You can do this by using a sharp knife or I found this great tutorial using a straw on youtube.
  • Once they are hulled, slice each berry as in even thickness. I recommend using a sharp paring knife or a mandolin (affiliates).
  • By now your simple syrup should be cooled. Dip each slice directly in the syrup and place on a parchment lined baking pan.

PRO TIP: Invest in silicone baking mats in place of parchment. They are reusable and I have yet to come across something that sticks to its surface. Well worth the small $13 price tag!

  • Bake at 200 degrees for up to 3 hours, depending on the thickness of your strawberries.
  • I recommend checking on your berries every hour to see their progress.
  • You are looking for a dry to the touch berry that still retains the bold red color. 
  • The result should be a nice dark red berry that is somewhat dry to the touch, but not overly crunchy. Almost like a gummy version of the fruit.

Tips For Making Candied Strawberry

  • Making a small batch? You can easily cut this recipe in half. On its own, this candied strawberries recipe makes two large sheet pans full of berry slices.
  • You can also find other fruit recipes like my Candied Lemon Slices!

How Do You Use Candied Strawberries?

Candy covered strawberries and candied strawberry slices are ideal for decorating cakes, cupcakes, brownies, pies, or any dessert. They add an elegant touch that really sends your dessert over the top!

You could even eat them straight from the tray if you’d like. We store ours in an airtight container lined with parchment and treat it like a candy jar. We often refer to this treat as “strawberry oven candy.”

How Long Do Candied Strawberries Last?

This recipe won’t last long. The candied berries should be eaten within one or two days, but I’ll be surprised if they last that long. We always eat them within the first day. Always store the berries in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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How to Candy Strawberries

How to Candy Strawberries

Yield: 1 pint
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

Candied strawberry slices are gorgeous and easy to make. They are the perfect addition to your cupcake and cake recipes! 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 pint strawberries

Instructions

  1. Combine half of a cup of sugar with half of a cup of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Once the sugar has dissolved completely, take the pan off of the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature.
  2. Wash and hull your strawberries. Slice each berry as thin as you can get it. Dip into your cooled syrup and place on a parchment lined baking pan.
  3. Bake at 200 degrees for up to 3 hours. I recommend checking on your berries every hour to see their progress. You want them dry, but still red.

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How to Candy Strawberries. These easy candied strawberry slices are gorgeous and easy to make. They are the perfect addition to your cupcake and cake recipes or a delicious sweet snack!
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