If you've ever enjoyed putting strawberries in your dinner salads, then you know that the sweet, juicy berries pair very well with a bit of acidity like vinegar. This candy takes that pairing a step further by coating fresh berries in a shiny, crunchy sugar glaze made with balsamic vinegar. The syrupy vinegar is already a bit sweet on its own, so it seems natural to add it to a sweet syrup. After the berries are dipped in the glaze, the candy hardens, forming a crunchy shell that practically explodes when you bite into it, leaving you with a mouthful of crunchy, tangy candy and juicy, fruity berries. It's an odd pairing that completely works.
The skewers are optional, but they seemed like a fun way to make fresh "strawberry pops" during the summer. If you're not a pops person, use your glazed strawberries as cupcake or cake toppers, shower treats, or after-dinner desserts. Just don't wait too long, because the juice from the berries will soon turn your crunchy glaze into a sticky puddle!
Get the recipe: Balsamic Glazed Strawberries
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