How to Make Tuxedo Strawberries

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    Melt the White Chocolate

    Tuxedo Strawberries
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    Tuxedo Strawberries are beautiful strawberries decorated with white and dark chocolate to resemble tiny tuxedos. They are the perfect candy for Valentine's Day, weddings, showers, or any formal or romantic occasion. For an easily printable version, please see this Tuxedo Strawberries recipe.

    This recipe calls for candy coating, which stays hard at room temperature and provides a nice shine. You can use real chocolate and white chocolate if you prefer, but it has a tendency to get soft at warm...MORE temperatures, so either keep the berries chilled until serving, or consider tempering the chocolates.

    Begin by gathering your ingredients. You will need:

    • 1 lb large strawberries
    • 12 oz chocolate candy coating
    • 12 oz white chocolate candy coating

    Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil or waxed paper and set aside for now. Wash the strawberries and dry them carefully, as excess water can interfere with the dipping process.

    Melt the white chocolate candy coating in the microwave, stirring after every 30 seconds to prevent overheating. You can use a candy thermometer to exactly measure the temperature. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.

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  • 02 of 05

    Dip the Berries in White Chocolate

    Tuxedo Strawberries
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    1.Dip a strawberry into the white chocolate until it is almost submerged, but leave about 1/2-inch of undipped berry at the top. Allow excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl, and scrape the bottom of the berry against the lip of the bowl to remove excess white chocolate that might pool around the bottom of the berry.

    2. Place the berry onto the foil-lined baking sheet, and repeat with remaining berries, until all have been dipped in white chocolate. Place the dipped berries in the...MORE refrigerator to set the white chocolate while you prepare the dark chocolate for dipping.

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  • 03 of 05

    Dip the Berries in Dark Chocolate

    Tuxedo Strawberries
    (c) 2010 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Place the dark chocolate candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl and melt it, stirring after every 30 seconds to prevent overheating. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.

    1. Once the white chocolate is completely set on the berries, take one berry and dip it into the dark chocolate at a 45-degree angle, so that the chocolate covers one side of the berry on the diagonal.

    2. Now turn it in the opposite direction and dip the other side on a 45-degree angle. The final result should...MORE be a berry that has a white "V" of chocolate showing through a darker outer coating.Allow excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl, and scrape the bottom of the berry against the lip of the bowl to remove excess chocolate that might pool around the bottom of the berry.

    3. Place the berry onto the foil-lined baking sheet, and repeat with remaining berries, until all have been dipped in dark chocolate.

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  • 04 of 05

    Add Bow Ties and Buttons

    Tuxedo Strawberries
    (c) 2010 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    1.Now it's time to give your berries bow ties and buttons. To pipe these on, you can use a piping bag fitted with a small round attachment, a paper cone (like in the example), or a plastic bag with the corner snipped off. Whichever method you choose, spoon some melted chocolate into your tool of choice. Make a bow tie by drawing two connected triangles at the top of the white V.

    2. Below this, place two or three dots for buttons, depending on how much room you have. Repeat until all of your...MORE strawberries are decorated.

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  • 05 of 05

    Your Tuxedo Strawberries Are Finished

    Tuxedo Strawberries
    (c) 2010 Elizabeth LaBau, licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Place the tray back in the refrigerator to set the dark chocolate, for about 10 minutes. Your Tuxedo Strawberries are now ready to eat! They will keep in the refrigerator for several days, but I think they are best soon after they are made. If you do save them for 2-3 days, expect to see some condensation on them as they come to room temperature.