Valentine’s Day Romance

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These are the official Directions

Insert toothpicks into tops of strawberries.
Melt chocolate and shortening in the top of a double boiler over simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching. Holding strawberries by toothpicks, dip into chocolate mixture.
Turn strawberries upside down and insert toothpick into Styrofoam or simply place strawberries on a sheet of wax paper. Allow to cool completely.

Original recipe makes 3 cups

1 pound fresh strawberries with leaves

8 ounces milk chocolate chips

1 tablespoon shortening

However, I like to do things a little easier and don’t have a double boiler so I use the microwave and temper the chocolate by melting it for about 4 minutes at defrost or 50%, stir, and finish melting until the chocolate is very soft (another couple minutes). I also use dark chocolate morsels as they are a little healthier. The chocolate sets up very quickly so you can zap it again (30 sec) if you work too slow. Just saying.

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