Introduction: Chocolate Tuxedo Strawberries
Chocolate Tuxedo Strawberries are an easy way to impress any party guests or a special someone . They take 20-60 minutes depending one how many you do. I used 1 pound of strawberries and it took about 40 minutes.
Step 1: Gather Supplies and Ingredients
What will you need
- A microwave
- Two bowls
- Two spoons (or something to stir with)
- Two Ziploc bags, pastry piping bags, or other plastic bags with a defined corner
- White chocolate (chocolate chips or blocks of chocolate)
- Milk or dark chocolate (chocolate chips or blocks)
- A cookie sheet or other flat surface such as a counter
- Paper towels or a dish towel
- (Optional) wax paper, parchment paper, or tinfoil to keep the cookie sheet or counter clean
Step 2: Wash Hands and Strawberries
Wash your hands
Then rinse the strawberries to make sure they are clean
Place the wet strawberries on some paper towels or dish towel to help them dry. (Chocolate doesn't like to stick to wet strawberries)
Place the wax paper on the sheet pan or flat surface
Step 3: Melt Chocolate
Put the two kinds of chocolate into separate bowls (without the packaging) and place in microwave
Set the microwave to low power and heat the chocolate in 20-30 second increments, stirring in between until melted with few to no pieces of chocolate remaining. White chocolate usually takes longer to melt and will be used first, so some may like to melt them at separate times.
Step 4: Dip the Strawberries in the White Chocolate
To make the "white shirt" part of the tuxedo you have to dip the strawberries in the white chocolate first.
Take one of the dry strawberries and hold it by the top, by the leaves, and dip the small end into the melted white chocolate until 1/2 or 3/4 of the strawberry is in the chocolate. You can make the tuxedo as tall or short as you want, but I find that if you make it cover 1/2 or 3/4 of the strawberries it looks the nicest.
Take the strawberry out of the chocolate and set it onto the wax paper or sheet pan being used to hold the strawberries while the chocolate dries.
It takes 7-15 minutes before the white chocolate has dried enough to move on. The chocolate shouldn't be sticky or runny, though doesn't have to be dried completely solid.
Step 5: Dip the Strawberries in the Milk/dark Chocolate
After the white chocolate has dried, take one strawberry at a time and carefully dip it into the milk or dark chocolate. Hold the strawberry at an angle and do one side then the over to get a sort of V shape of the darker chocolate on top of the white chocolate. You'll want to leave a triangle of white chocolate left visible for the front. An optional step is the slightly roll the back of the strawberry in the the chocolate to cover the back so that the "tuxedo" doesn't have a triangle opening at the back as well as the front.
Place them back on the drying area.
Step 6: Add the Final Touches
If you have a piping bag, pour some of the remaining milk/dark chocolate into it and snip the bottom so that there is a small hole to decorate with. If you are using small strawberries make the hole extra small.
If you're using a small Ziploc or other plastic "sandwich" style bag, hold the bag with one of the bottom corners angled down and pour some of the remaining milk/dark chocolate into it so that it runs into the corner. Take scissors and cut the tip of the corner off. Cut about 1/16- 1/32 inch up from the tip of the corner to make a small hole.
Using light pressure, squeezing from the top of the chocolate in the bag, squeeze some chocolate onto the white triangle part of each strawberry. You can make a tie by making a triangle at the top of the white (shirt) part and dragging down a single line until it meets with the darker, jacket, part. Or you can make a bow tie design by drawing two small triangles, connected at one corner. With the bow tie option you can add dark buttons by adding little dollops of chocolate running downwards from the tie to the jacket.
Let them dry, then enjoy.