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Tuxedo Strawberries

 Tuxedo Strawberries
Dress up special occasions with these high-fashion fruit treats! The strawberries are easy to decorate, and folks love them. —Gisella Sellers, Seminole, Florida
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.