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Candied-Almond Chocolate Strawberries

 Candied-Almond Chocolate Strawberries
For a special presentation, I sprinkle a serving tray with crushed almonds, lay these strawberries on top and garnish them with mint leaves. —Laura McAllister, Morganton, North Carolina
60 ServingsPrep: 35 min. + standing

Ingredients

  • 60 fresh strawberries (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 cups honey-roasted almonds
  • 1 package (10 ounces) 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate baking chips
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • Dash cayenne pepper

Directions

  • Wash strawberries and gently pat with paper towels until completely
  • dry. Place almonds in a food processor; cover and process to desired
  • fineness. Transfer to a shallow bowl; set aside.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and butter; add cayenne and stir
  • until smooth. Dip strawberries in melted chocolate; allow excess to
  • drip off. Roll berries in almonds; place on waxed paper and let
  • stand until set. Serve immediately. Yield: 5 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 dipped strawberry equals 52 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 10 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 1 fat.