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How To Make Tuxedo Chocolate Strawberries
Little Bites of Heaven
These simple-to-make chocolate strawberries are absolutely delicious and are perfect if you are planning a dinner party, baby shower, Christmas party, a hen night, birthday or even a graduation 'congratulations' party. Basically, any excuse to make these tiny bites of heaven is a good excuse!
I first came across these little beauties on a Mediterranean cruise. They were served along with mini ice cream balls, coated in chocolate and champagne. Heaven.
It's the little things...
Tuxedo strawberries are always a delight for dinner guests. They are fun and easy to do, as well as quick to make.
You can make these with children, as it doesn't involve any tools that are sharp or any steps that are difficult - of course the use of the microwave should be supervised and the chocolate will be hot once it has been melted, but over-all these tiny treats are ideal for a fun afternoon of creative decorating.
Often, people assume that strawberries are full of natural sugars because of their sweetness. Actually, for every 100g of strawberries you eat, you are only getting 50 calories! Here are some more reasons to eat these sweet treats;
- They contain an acid which helps whiten teeth!
- Just 8 strawberries will give you more vitamin C than an orange
- Strawberries are full of flavonoids which are partly responsible for the red colour. These help lower cholesterol
- Ellagic acid is found in strawberries and this is known to prevent some cancers
Also, so, it may sound strange, but next time you have some strawberries grind a tiny amount of black pepper over a couple and try them this way. Sounds odd, but it tastes good!
Chocolate Strawberry Poll
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I serve these after dessert when I have cooked a meal for friends, or on Valentine's Day. They always go down a storm - and I would recommend making extra (to pick at while you prep. It's the chef's privilege!)
They are also best eaten within 48 hours after they have been prepared; after this they begin to go a bit squishy...
- 1 lb Strawberries, washed
- 12 oz White chocolate, broken into chunks
- 12 oz Milk or Dark chocolate, broken into chunks
- Rinse the strawberries, leaving the green tops on, and dry thoroughly but carefully
- Melt the white chocolate first by placing all the white chocolate chunks in a Pyrex glass bowl and putting in the microwave for 30 seconds
- Stir the chocolate, return to the microwave for another 30 seconds and repeat until all the chocolate is melted
- Next, dip all but the top of the strawberries into the white chocolate and lay them on a sheet of greaseproof baking paper on a plate
- Allow the white chocolate strawberries to set in the fridge. This usually only takes about 10-15 minutes
- While the chocolate is setting, melt the dark chocolate in the same way you did for the white.
- Take the white chocolate strawberries out of the fridge and dip each one into the dark chocolate, at a 45 degree angle on both sides so that there is a white 'V' shape in the middle of the strawberry. Wipe the excess chocolate against the side of the bowl, to prevent it pooling.
- Lay the strawberries back on the greaseproof paper and return to the fridge.
- Once the second chocolate layer has set, add the final touches - the bow ties and buttons. To do this, use a piping bag with a round nozzle and pipe 3 dots vertically up the white 'V', then pipe a horizontal hourglass shape along the top of the white chocolate line for the bow tie.
- Allow to set for a further 10 minutes
- Your tuxedo strawberries are ready!
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6 Interesting Facts About Strawberries
- The hard, yellow bits found on the outside of strawberries are commonly mistaken for seeds. They are actually achene, which are another type of fruit and have their own seeds!
- Strawberries are technically not berries at all - they are receptacles (thick parts of a plant's stem)
- They are one of the few fruits that do not continue ripening after they have been picked
- As most keen gardeners will know, strawberries are hard to grow because they are susceptible to fungal diseases and are also a preferred plant by pests such as slugs and small flies.
- Did you know that strawberry plants are part of the rose family?
- Strawberry plants are typically productive every year for about 5 years. Once production has slowed or stopped, it needs to be replanted where it can find more nutrients in fresh soil if it is to survive.