Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Space Age Strawberries; Making Fruit Exciting for Children!


A Strawberry Sprayed SIlverMy daughter has been the big sister to a fussy eating younger brother for years and during that time she has come up with lots of fun ways to encourage him to try new foods. I don't know why she is so good at it, I think it's partly the imagination of youth and partly the fact that she is close enough in age to him to still remember what it was like to be suspicious of food! Her latest invention is a novel way to jazz up some strawberries. This simple recipe makes them more appealing to little, and bigger, picky eaters and it involves a product I am a huge fan of. It's not especially cheap, contrary to my normal food posts, but it does last a long time, as a little goes a long way. Dr Oetker Shimmer Spray is so much fun, your food will never be the same again! 



I originally bought Shimmer Spray by Dr. Oetker for a gothic cake I made for my daughter's birthday. It featured a dagger and I used the spray to achieve an authentic metal colour. I've since found it useful for other decoration, such as adding a little magical sparkle to children's cupcakes and even for stencilling patterns onto biscuits! By far the most inventive use I've found though, is this one, the Super Strawberry Surprise! 


Dr Oetker Shimmer Spray

As you can see from the pictures, it works on other fruits too. All you have to do is dip the fruit in a small amount of melted chocolate, allow to dry, then spray a little shimmer spray over the chocolate. It doesn't matter if it isn't very neat, it just adds to the effect. 

Ingredients to make silver strawberries

Children love their special space-age fruit and it also looks elegant as finger food for buffets and parties. 

Silver strawberries and other fruit

For more easy recipes for busy families click the link!


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37 comments

Jodie Fisher said...

Oh wow!! This looks totally awesome.

angela hamilton said...

ahhh what an amazing idea!! I will need to try this now hehe xx

Kate Thompson said...

I always wondered just how shimmery that spray would be. If I'm honest I think it's a bit too intense/solid, although I like the idea.

Mama Syder said...

Oh wow, how glam do they look! I've never tried that shimmer spray before. My girls would love it! x

Keri-Anne said...

Um WOW! I now want to spray ALL my fruit :)

Emma said...

ha ha i guess its a way of tempting reluctant fruit eaters.

Louisa said...

They look very effective, what a great way to encourage children to try new things

Michelle Ordever said...

That. Is. AWESOME! I love that metallic food spray for making cupcakes, but turning fruit space age? Inspired! x

Kara Guppy said...

That is fab - wonder if it will make mine eat strawverry's

Erica Price said...

I can see us having a lot of fun with that. Would be great for a themed party.

beautyqueenuk said...

I now want to spray all of my food silver!

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

Oh wow these look amazing - almost like art rather than food.

Claire Toplis said...

be perfect for a Frozen party

Boo Roo and Tigger Too said...

Certainly gives that space age feel, fabulous of for party food

Globalmouse said...

Wow that's very cool! We love Dr Oetker - I bought some of their products this morning for some cake dcorating with the kids later....will look out for the spray next time!

Lucy Dorrington said...

Tastes pretty good too!

Lucy Dorrington said...

I want to try it on grapes, I think they would look really cool.

Lucy Dorrington said...

Maybe you could spray it direct, without the chocolate underneath, or maybe dip it in sugar instead of chocolate?

Lucy Dorrington said...

Be wary of letting them do their own, they will look like extras from Dr Who by the time they've finished!

Lucy Dorrington said...

It had that effect on me,too! My son was so confused!

Lucy Dorrington said...

I will try pretty much anything on that front!

Lucy Dorrington said...

I may have to try it on vegetables too!

Lucy Dorrington said...

What did we do before silver cupcakes anyway?

Lucy Dorrington said...

I want to know the answer to that now!

Lucy Dorrington said...

Oh yes, that's a great idea!

Lucy Dorrington said...

They do a gold one as well! :-D

Lucy Dorrington said...

I wish we had posh dinner parties, I would love to wheel some out and impress the guests!

Lucy Dorrington said...

That is so true! I never thought of that, a sidfe effect of not having little girls, I think!

Lucy Dorrington said...

And sort of healthy too.. if you overlook the chocolate anyway!

Lucy Dorrington said...

It comes in gold as well!

Clare Nicholas said...

I bet the kids loved it. I couldn't do here as they would want it all the time lol

fritha strickland said...

we love Dr Oetker stuff so fun for cake decorating! x

Vai Chin said...

Ooh, I do love my sparkles. This is pretty.

sassyesque said...

what a fantastic idea. Luckily my son is quite good with his fruit but I will definately keep this in mind as we are having a space age theme for his 4th birthday plus I am 39 weeks pregnant with baby 2 so who knows whether this wee one will eat his fruit and veg. Thanks for the top tip.

Jayne Kennedy said...

Wow! what a fantastic idea - I have got to try these - the kids will love them :-)

Helen Newton said...

Glad I found this review what a Fantastic idea .. I struggle to get my kids to eat Fruit & Veg and definately going to try this ... a fab idea for parties too ... :)

Natalie Crossan said...

Simply devine xxx

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