Gisella Sellers of Seminole, Florida knows just how to dress up special occasionsshe serves these high-fashion fruit treats! "The strawberries are easy to decorate, and folks love them," she details.
18 ServingsPrep: 1 hour + chilling
- 18 medium fresh strawberries with stems
- 1 cup vanilla or white chips
- 3-1/2 teaspoons shortening, divided
- 1-1/3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- Line a tray or baking sheet with waxed paper; set aside. Wash
- strawberries and pat until completely dry.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt vanilla chips and 1-1/2 teaspoons
- shortening at 70% power; stir until smooth. Dip each strawberry
- until two-thirds is coated, forming the tuxedo shirt, allowing
- excess to drip off. Place on prepared tray; chill for 30 minutes or
- until set.
- Melt chocolate chips and remaining shortening. To form the tuxedo
- jacket, dip each side of berry into chocolate from the tip of the
- strawberry to the top of vanilla coating. Repeat on the other side,
- leaving a white V-shape in the center. Set remaining chocolate
- aside. Chill berries for 30 minutes or until set.
- Remelt reserved chocolate if necessary. Using melted chocolate and a
- round pastry tip #2, pipe a bow tie at the top of the white V and
- three buttons down front of shirt. Chill for 30 minutes or until
- set. Store in the refrigerator in a covered plastic container for up
- to 1 day. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.