Choc Tactics

"Leftover chocolate." Just like "fun run" and "friendly fire," the two words just don't belong together. However, in the unlikely event that you did overbuy/undereat the stuff of the gods this past Valentine's Day weekend, here's an easy-to-follow recipe that will rectify this dreadful situation.

6 ounces dark chocolate
3 tablespoons half and half cream
1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
20 large or 30 medium strawberries

Combine the chocolate and cream in a glass bowl. Heat in a microwave oven on high for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Add the butter and stir until melted.
One by one, dip the strawberries into the chocolate mixture. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with waxed paper, allow the chocolate to cool and then chill the strawberries in the fridge until the chocolate is set (around 30 minutes).

Then go to Shari's Berries and see how yours compare (Tuxedo Berries "for your Oscar party," anyone?).

Weep, then eat the evidence.

Cost: A hell of a lot less than going to The Melting Pot.

Calories: N/A (Not Asking).

Tip: This also works with marshmallows, which, like strawberries, are also at their peak right now.


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