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Monday, February 7, 2011

Super Bowl Strawberries

OK, so I did watch the game in it's entirety, but I can't exactly say that I "watched" it all.  I enjoyed great conversations with my friends and watched the great commercials and helped regulate the kiddos.  But, it was a great time at our friends house.  We each had to bring something to share, so I made chocolate dipped strawberries and then piped on the lacing of the footballs.  It was my first time piping, so it wasn't as clean as I had hoped.  Oh well, practice makes perfect.  Even though they aren't perfect, they are real, and I wanted to share my recipe with you because everyone commented on how the chocolate didn't crack away from the strawberry and they like it.

What you need:
double boiler
milk chocoloate chips
semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 TBS shortening
wax paper
white chocolate chips
sandwich bag

In the double boiler, in the bottom part add about 2 inches of water and bring to a simmer.  In the top, I mixed about 5.5 ounces of milk chocolate chips (1/2 bag) and 5.5 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips (1/2 bag), and the 2 TBS of shortening.  Start stirring and moving the chocolate around so that it never gets stuck or baked on the bottom.  Once the entire mixture is melted, turn down the heat to low.  Stir the mixture as needed during the dipping phase to keep it smooth.

While that is melting, wipe off your strawberries, but do not wash them.  If there is any moisture on the strawberries, the chocolate will not adhere to the strawberries.  Stick a toothpick in the top of the strawberry.  This is your handle for dipping.  Dip the strawberries in the mixture and place them on wax paper to cool.  After the were all done being dipped I placed them in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to cure all the way.

Take about 1/4 cup (or less) of the white chocolate chips and place in the sandwich bag.  Heat at 50% power in the microwave for about 1 minute.  You will want to pause it at 30 seconds and squish everything around to help with the melting.  When it comes out of the microwave, carefully cut the smallest pit of the corner of the bag off and this will be your piping bag.

I piped the laces on and then let them sit out for about another 30 minutes before packing them up to take to the party!  Hope you enjoy!