Monday, February 4, 2013

Tuxedo Strawberries

These are the ones I made for the wedding, they actually looked ok.
So I hate fruit in deserts.  It's like you are almost trying to get me to eat healthy.  I am not fooled by your chocolate and sugar covered fruit.  I know it's fruit and no way and I going to fall for it!  That being said, I have a few exceptions, but then again, I am a whole ball of confusing rules and they are not to be explained.  So just know that I know what I am talking about. Okay?

 So I have seen these strawberries many times, and I had never made them before.  I promised them to my friend when I was doing her wedding, and then I realized I had not made them.  And I sort of knew what I was doing, but not really.  I had the idea, and I had no time to look it up.  So I just did it and they turned out really well. Other than the fact I hate working with white chocolate, they were super easy.  And other than the fact that I never took any real pictures at the time, this is what you get.  I was at the store and the strawberries actually looked nice so I planed to do a whole tutorial about them.  Then I actually got to it and wanted to hurt someone. Lucky that Pork Chop and Hubby were at hockey.
I gave up after four, the chocolate was all crappy and I was tearing the green part out trying to dip them. So the rest were just covered in milk chocolate and I ate them, and got sick.  It must have been the fruit, it was too healthy and my tummy revolted.

  Firstly my stupid white chocolate was too thick and I was just not able to get a nice dip on,  in the end I got one half decent strawberry.  And that is all your getting. I did get a great comment from Tam and I am going to try her way one of these days, just not today.

So to start, you need clean, dry strawberries with the stems on.  Milk (or dark chocolate) and white chocolate.
This was the only one that half looked like a real good one.  I didn't even take a picture of the strawberry I piped on, no idea why, I may have been just ticked off with the whole thing.

  So I wash all my strawberries and lay them out on paper towel, rolling them into new dry paper towel a few times.  If they are wet it can ruin your chocolate.  So then you need to melt your white chocolate, this will be the "shirt" of your tuxedo.  So hold your strawberry by the stem and dip it as far as you can in the white chocolate, shake a little to get the extra off and place it on parchment paper to dry.  Now if you know what you are doing with white chocolate, this will be easy.  If you are like me, you will try and your stems will rip off, and you will have gloopy strawberries.  Even though you thinned it out with paraffin crystals and everything.  This will result in you giving up after four strawberries.  Just so you know.

  Anyway let those dry while you melt your milk  or dark chocolate.  I also envision someone doing an 80's version with baby blue chocolate. That so has to happen!!! Anyway, once your chocolate is melted you start double dipping your strawberries.  I think this will be the only time you can actually double dip without it being gross.
I took this picture to show you my cone making skills.  Which really are not skills since they are pre cut papers, I just roll them together.

  So holding the strawberry by the stem, dip it on an angle so you cover one side then the other, doing it so you have a v of white chocolate showing still.  I was going to get action shots, but by this time I just wanted to toss it all out the window.  So whatever.

  So once that is done you can decorate them.  There are a few ways to do this.  I took the fastest way, which should be no surprise to any of you.  I used a parchment paper cone and piped on the buttons and bow tie.  If you want you can use edible markers or even sprinkles.  How cute would two heart sprinkles be as a bow tie?  Anyway you can do whatever.

  Now when you are storing these you do not want to put them in the fridge.  They are best the day of, but if you have to keep them over night just box them up and leave in a cool environment.  If you put them in the fridge they will get condensation on them.  I usually just put mine in the fridge because no one else but me will be eating them.  Pork Chop just takes the chocolate off and eats the strawberry, which is crazy. What kid removes the good part and eats that fruit.  Only mine it seems.

 Anyway, they were at hit at the wedding, and I ate these ones only to make sure no one saw how bad they were. ”Your Skip To My Lou
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Lisa Rukin Swift said...

These look yummy (and yes, I like fruit in my dessert), LOL!

Maria said...

These are just beautiful! I've been wanting to try making these too, I'll have to give them a try sometime! Yours look fabulous!

Connie Mercer said...

cute and yummy!!!

A Little Time said...

Oh yum!! Now all I can think about is chocolate. Beautiful!

Unknown said...

This is something I should keep in mind. Relatively simple with stunning results!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

Ha, I know. Fruit in dessert? It's not dessert it's healthy! Love the tuxedos, so pretty!

Donna Huisinga said...

These are beautiful! A labor of luv! Thanks for sharing!

Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate said...

This turned out so beautifully! Terrific job! ;)


Love Bakes Good Cakes said...

I think these are super cute :)

Cathy C said...

I love the way your strawberries turned out! Nothing beats chocolate covered strawberries! Saw your post over at Someday crafts. You can find me @
Thanks for sharing!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

You are too funny! I've always wanted to try these, but I know my limitations!

Anonymous said...

These are sooo darling!!! I hope you stop by to link-

Kendra said...

Your strawberry tuxedos look perfect for Valentine's Day! Thank you for sharing on Whisk Away Wednesday!

Nancy @ gottagetbaked said...

I'm the same as you - give me chocolate cake over fruit any day! These strawberry tuxedos are adorable but damn, that's a lot of work! It's so sweet you made all of them for your friend's wedding - that's a true labour of love.

Zoe said...

They are so cute! They are perfect for wedding days :D