We all love candy just as much as the next person, but store-bought candy is usually loaded with chemicals, processed ingredients, and artificial flavoring. So when we think of sweet treats, we think of all the glorious, vibrant fruits this planet has to offer!

Strawberries, mangoes, watermelon, and more are all super low in calories and have no processed sugars! We want to share with you how to make the best candied fresh fruit to share this summer instead of store-bought sweets!

1. Create a Simple Syrup

Vegan simple syrup

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You can create a simple syrup in one of two ways. According to Oprah, one way is to keep your syrup very, well, simple! Just simmering up one part water to two parts sugar and stirring will do the trick just fine! The secret is adding in a fourth cup of cornstarch to thicken it up into a more candy-like coating! Just make sure you get the syrup up to 300°F before you remove it from the heat and start dipping.

The more exciting way to do this is to add in some flavor. Sort of a healthier, chocolate-covered fruit alternative! Annie Oliverio showed us how to make a delicious and flavorful simple syrup in her Mocha Spice Pancakes With Simple Syrup recipe! Just add some cornstarch into the mix and start dipping! You can add any flavors you want into your coating, we just think this spicy, espresso syrup sounds great for bananas or strawberries.

2. Skewer Up Some Fruit

Candied banana coins, strawberries, peach slices, and more! Just think of all the fruit that would taste delicious with a candy coating! Even if you’re stuck in the winter months, things like grapefruit and pears are still in season and would be a great fruit to dip. If you want an especially sweet treat, cut the fruit into very small pieces, this will give you a higher total surface area and, therefore, more candy, less fruit. If you are trying to stay away from too much sugar or caloric intake, keep your fruit in bigger pieces (i.e., more fruit, less candy).

3. Make some Plant-Based Whip for Dipping!

Vegan Meringue! [Gluten-Free]

Vegan Meringue!/ One Green Planet

You could try anything from a Vegan Meringue to a Vanilla-Coconut Whipped Cream for your dipping! These would go great with summer fruits like strawberries! You could also try this super simple 3-Ingredient Coconut Brandy Cream that would pair nicely with winter fruits like pears!

If you want something a little bit heavier, you could go with this Vanilla Bean Walnut Cream for a protein-packed, super-rich dipping sauce! This would go great with cherries or even peaches for a super-rich, decadent dessert!

Make sure to pay attention to 2018’s “Dirty Dozen” Fruits and Veggies to Buy Organic when shopping for your fruits. Check it out by downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

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