My colleague, Tammy, is super-creative and made an adorable twist on chocolate-covered strawberries:
Better yet, she brought them into the office to share! Did I mention I love my job? 😉 Tammy agreed to share her recipe here:
-Big package of strawberries from Costco [5 lb.?]
-2 baking bars of white chocolate
-1 baking bar of semi-sweet chocolate
-2 baking bars of bittersweet dark chocolate
-scant 3 Tbsp. oil (enough to make the chocolate smoother)
1. Wash the strawberries and pat them dry with a paper towel. Line a cookie sheet (or two) with wax paper.
2. Create a double-boiler: Heat water in a small or medium sized pot filled halfway. Before the water boils, reduce heat to low. Place a heat-safe bowl on top of the pot and break up the white baking bars into the bowl and add 1 Tbsp. oil. Stir with a wooden spoon until melted. If the water underneath is getting too hot and starting to boil (you will see puffs of steam coming from below the bowl), reduce the temperature even more. It should be fine to even turn off the stove if you have to, but be sure to turn it back on if the chocolate gets clumpy on the strawberries. [or, heat gently in the microwave]
3. Place a strawberry on a flat surface to determine which side is flattest so it won’t roll around. This will be the bottom. Dip only the “top” half in white chocolate and place on the lined cookie sheet(s).
4. When all the strawberries have been dipped, spoon out any excess white chocolate. You can save this or toss it. I dipped pretzels in the excess.
5. Using the same procedure as the white chocolate, melt the semi-sweet and bittersweet chocolate together with the remaining 2 tbps of oil. It’s ok to use the same bowl, as long as you scraped out the excess white chocolate.
6. If the white chocolate-dipped portion of the strawberries are the top, grasp the stem and dip each side of the strawberry at an angle so it forms the V shape of the tuxedo jacket. Place the dipped strawberries back on the cookie sheet(s).
7. Using a toothpick and the remaining chocolate, draw bow ties and buttons, ties, cummerbunds, or whatever you prefer on the strawberries. Maybe you can use some of the leftover white chocolate for a pocket square or notch-collar and shawl-collar jacket details. Place the strawberries in the refrigerator to chill.
8. Pig out =)
The one thing I’m wondering is how you can make a girl version of these tuxedo strawberries. Perhaps you could ask your bloggers for ideas on decorating these strawberries in other ways!