As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, I find myself looking for some fun, shamrock-themed goodies to make for my family. I’ve recently become a fan of Matcha, or powdered green tea, so I decided to make these cute matcha white chocolate covered strawberries. They are super simple, and a fun way to add a tiny little boost of caffeine and antioxidants to a dessert that would otherwise just be a sweet treat.
Although I do have some Irish heritage, my family doesn’t have any long-held traditions from Ireland. I enjoyed checking out a book about St. Patrick at the library recently and reading it to my kids. We learned that he was a Roman citizen who was living in England when he was captured by Irish raiders. He was sold as a slave in Ireland and worked as a shepherd. He was able to escape and made it all the way to Rome, where he was eventually commended back to Ireland to share his faith in God. Throughout the trials of his life, his faith remained strong despite his circumstances and he exemplified forgiveness by going back to a land where he had once been unjustly enslaved. The legend is that he used the common three leaf clover or shamrock to help explain the trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I’m thankful for St. Patrick’s example and that his faith influenced my Irish family even hundreds of years later! I’m also going to make some other traditional Irish dishes with cabbage and potatoes next week to try to reconnect with my Irish heritage!
Right now, our strawberries are coming from Florida and they are sweet and delicious! In a few short months, local strawberries will be arriving, signaling the beginning of local produce season. Try this recipe with some yummy Florida strawberries as you await local strawberry season!
White Chocolate + Matcha Covered Strawberries
- 1 quart strawberries
- 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/2 tsp. - 1 tsp.. matcha green tea powder
- Add the white chocolate chips to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in 20 second intervals, stirring and returning to the microwave until melted. Once melted, add the matcha powder and stir until combined.
- Dip the strawberries in the white chocolate mixture. Lay them out on a sheet of parchment paper on a plate. Refrigerate until hardened. Serve and enjoy!