Wednesday, August 8, 2012

DIY Tuxedo Strawberries

1 pound strawberries
12 oz chocolate
12 oz white chocolate
(Candy melting wafers are best for this type of project. But, regular chocolate works as well!)

Wash the strawberries and dry them carefully with paper towels. (Excess water can interfere with the dipping process.)
Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil, waxed paper or parchment paper. (I used parchment paper.)
Place the white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Melt the white chocolate in the microwave, stirring after every 30 seconds to prevent overheating. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.

Dip a strawberry into the white chocolate. Allow excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. Scrape the bottom of the berry against the bowl to remove excess chocolate. Place the berry onto the lined baking sheet, and repeat with remaining berries. Repeat this process until all berries have been dipped in white chocolate. If you would like to conserve the white chocolate, you can can dip just the front of the berry. The white represents the shirt of the "tuxedo", so as long as the front is white, you're good to go. Place the dipped berries in the refrigerator to set the white chocolate. Start to prepare the dark chocolate for dipping. (Repeat the same steps to melt the chocolate as before.)

Remove white chocolate dipped berries from the fridge. (Make sure white chocolate is completely set.) Take one berry at a time, and dip it into the dark chocolate. Dip berry at a 45-degree on both sides. You should create a "V" out of chocolate. (Repeat the same steps until all berries are dipped.) Make sure to allow all excess chocolate to drip from the berries like the previous step.

To complete the tuxedo, you need to create a bow tie and buttons. There are a few different ways to do so. I used a toothpick to create the design. But, you can also use a piping bag. (Or create your own by using a plastic bag, with one of the corners snipped off.) Start off by making two side ways triangles for the bow tie. Then two or three small dots for buttons! :) Allow finished "tuxedos" to chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.


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