Jolly Rancher Strawberries: 2 Ingredient Candied Fruit!

If you love tanghulu or other similar hard candy-coated fruit, then you need to try these Jolly Rancher strawberries. They’re like a chocolate covered strawberry meets tanghulu in a simple 2-ingredient recipe. All you need is a microwave to enjoy this crunchy, juicy confection!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

If you’ve ever tried making tanghulu in the microwave then you probably know it can be a little tricky. It’s hard to get the temperature just right, you have to work really quickly, and after all that your sugar doesn’t set – what a bummer!

That’s why I love these Jolly Rancher strawberries, because it’s basically an epic shortcut! Just melt the candies in your microwave, dip your strawberries, and just like that they’re ready.

It’s really easy to adapt for different fruits as well. I also love to make Jolly Rancher grapes! I do like the strawberries a lot, though, because I find the sugar to berry ratio makes them easier to eat.

holding up a jolly rancher strawberry on a toothpick

That said, they are still a hard coating of sugar on the outside, which will stick to your teeth when you eat them. So, use caution if you have sensitive teeth, and definitely don’t tell your dentist!

Ingredients List

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ingredients to make jolly rancher strawberries
  • 12 fresh strawberries, washed and dried
  • 30 Jolly Rancher candies, unwrapped

Ingredient Tips and Substitutions

  • You can use any flavor of Jolly Ranchers you like. If you can find the “fruity bash” or some other specialty berry blends you can get strawberry flavored candies, but since they aren’t widely available I usually use cherry and/or watermelon flavor from the “classic” mix
  • If you’d like to make several different flavors that’s fine too, but keep the individual color candies separated (unless they’re close like red and pink) and dip the fruit separately so you don’t end up with a weird brown color coating when everything mixes
  • Feel free to crush up additional candies into powder and roll the still-wet dipped fruit in it to form a colorful coating on the outside (you can also use Nerds or other tiny candies if you like)
  • You can cut your strawberries into a heart shape for Valentine’s Day by using a knife to remove the stem and then rounding the top edges. Note that the skewer should go through the bottom of the berry instead of the top in this case

Equipment Notes

You will need toothpicks or skewers for the berries, a silicone baking mat or parchment paper on a baking sheet, and a microwave safe bowl that can withstand boiling sugar.

If you are using a Pyrex, make sure that yours is a PYREX and not pyrex – the lowercase version is made of a different type of glass and it cannot withstand the heat and will shatter.

I usually use an oven-safe and microwave-safe ceramic bowl (since most oven safe cookware is built for high temperatures), but anything similar will do.

Step By Step Instructions

  1. Insert a toothpick or skewer into your strawberries through the top, making sure to go at least halfway down through the berry to secure it. Lay out your silicone baking mat, or line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and fill a small bowl with ice water
skewer each strawberry with a toothpick
  1. Place the unwrapped Jolly Rancher candies into a high-heat resistant microwave safe bowl
  2. Microwave on high for 1 minute, then stir (they should start to soften and feel gummy)
microwave unwrapped jolly rancher candies
  1. Return to the microwave and cook an additional 30 seconds on high, until the sugar is fully melted and bubbly (add additional time in small increments if needed based on your microwave’s wattage)
microwave jolly ranchers again until bubbling
  1. Grab a strawberry by the stick and dip the berry into the hot melted Jolly Ranchers, turning to coat it thoroughly. Allow excess to drip off, then dunk it into the ice water bath to partially set the candy
use the toothpick to dip the strawberries in the melted jolly rancher candy
  1. Place the dipped strawberry onto the baking mat to harden fully, and repeat with the remaining strawberries. If the sugar begins to harden while dipping, reheat for 15-20 seconds until it’s liquid again
place dipped strawberries on a baking mat to harden
  1. Allow about 20-30 minutes for your Jolly Rancher strawberries to set fully, then enjoy!
overhead view of jolly rancher candy coated strawberries on a white plate

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Recipe FAQs

What Are Jolly Rancher Strawberries?

Jolly Rancher strawberries are fresh berries dipped in melted Jolly Rancher candies, which cool to form a hardened sugar shell.

They are considered a dipped or candied strawberry, and are similar to tanghulu.

How Are Jolly Rancher Strawberries Made?

Jolly Rancher strawberries are made by dipping the berries into melted Jolly Rancher candies. They harden in about 5 minutes at room temperature, or may be dipped in ice water for an instant effect.

The candies are melted in the microwave, using a high heat resistant bowl.

Are Jolly Rancher Strawberries Gluten Free?

Jolly Rancher strawberries are likely gluten free. Jolly Ranchers contain no ingredients with gluten. However, they are not certified, so it’s not completely guaranteed, and caution should be used for those with extreme sensitivities.

They are also naturally vegan and vegetarian!

How Long Do Jolly Rancher Strawberries Last?

Jolly Rancher strawberries usually last around 2-3 days, due to the use of fresh fruit in making them.

Store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container to help preserve their freshness.

Can You Make Different Flavors of Jolly Rancher Strawberries?

Yes, you can make different flavors of Jolly Rancher strawberries by using different flavored candies. Strawberry, watermelon, and cherry are popular options, but you can experiment with others as well.

Do not mix too many different colored candies at a time, or your candy mixture will turn brown.

Can I Use Jolly Rancher Strawberries in Recipes?

Absolutely! Jolly Rancher strawberries are delicious on their own, but they also make a beautiful topping for cakes, cheesecakes, and other desserts.

You can also serve them with other candied fruits in a bouquet, or add them to a charcuterie or brunch board.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • Like most candies, humidity and temperature can affect your candy coating setting. If it isn’t firming up, place your strawberries in the refrigerator to harden instead
  • The more excess you allow to drip, the thinner the candy shell will be on your berry. Additionally, if you don’t dunk it in an ice bath, the candy will pool towards the bottom on your baking mat, which makes them harder to eat
  • If the excess melted candies set up in your bowl, soak it in hot water in the sink. I usually do this a few times until it eventually all dissolves out
closeup view of several jolly rancher coated strawberries on a plate

Storage Tips

  • Candied strawberries are best enjoyed fresh. Due to the moisture in the strawberries (as well as in the air) they will soften and melt the longer they sit, even when stored in the refrigerator. Usually if I do try to store them, they’re a puddle of sugar on the bottom of the container by the next morning

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Final Thoughts

These 2 ingredient Jolly Rancher strawberries are an easy shortcut method to make a candied fruit similar to tanghulu! They’re still hard and crunchy sugar on the outside of fresh fruit, just using a pre-made candy instead.

You can have them ready for dipping in just minutes thanks to your microwave, and they’re generally ready to enjoy in under 30 minutes. Of course, if the heat or humidity isn’t playing nice, it may take a bit longer to set up fully.

I love making these as a fun way to enjoy fresh strawberries in the summer, but you can serve them for Valentine’s day and other occasions as well. They look great on top of a cake, too!

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Candied Jolly Rancher Strawberries Recipe

These 2 ingredient Jolly Rancher strawberries are a shortcut candied fruit recipe that’s perfect for summer. The hard sugar shell gives way to sweet juicy berries for a delightful bite!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Servings 6
Calories 128 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 12 Fresh strawberries, washed and dried
  • 30 Jolly Rancher candies, uwrapped
  • Ice cubes (optional but recommended)

Instructions
 

  • Insert a toothpick or skewer into your strawberries through the top, making sure to go at least halfway down through the berry to secure it. Lay out your silicone baking mat, or line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and fill a small bowl with ice water
    12 Fresh strawberries, washed and dried, Ice cubes
  • Place the unwrapped Jolly Rancher candies into a high-heat resistant microwave safe bowl
    30 Jolly Rancher candies, uwrapped
  • Microwave on high for 1 minute, then stir (they should start to soften and feel gummy)
  • Return to the microwave and cook an additional 30 seconds on high, until the sugar is fully melted and bubbly (add additional time in small increments if needed based on your microwave’s wattage)
  • Grab a strawberry by the stick and dip the berry into the hot melted Jolly Ranchers, turning to coat it thoroughly. Allow excess to drip off, then dunk it into the ice water bath to partially set the candy
  • Place the dipped strawberry onto the baking mat to harden fully, and repeat with the remaining strawberries. If the sugar begins to harden while dipping, reheat for 15-20 seconds until it’s liquid again
  • Allow about 20-30 minutes for your Jolly Rancher strawberries to set fully (in the refrigerator is best), then enjoy!

Notes

  • If you’d like to make several different candy flavors that’s fine too, but keep the individual color candies separated (unless they’re close like red and pink) and dip the fruit separately so you don’t end up with a weird brown color coating when everything mixes
  • Like most candies, humidity and temperature can affect your candy coating setting. If it isn’t firming up, place your strawberries in the refrigerator to harden instead
  • The more excess you allow to drip, the thinner the candy shell will be on your berry. Additionally, if you don’t dunk it in an ice bath, the candy will pool towards the bottom on your baking mat, which makes them harder to eat
  • If the excess melted candies set up in your bowl, soak it in hot water in the sink. I usually do this a few times until it eventually all dissolves out
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on size of berries, flavor of ingredients, and actual quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 66gCalories: 128kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.1gSodium: 17mgPotassium: 55mgFiber: 0.7gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 1.2IUVitamin C: 21.2mgCalcium: 5.8mgIron: 0.2mg
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