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Strawberry romance

February 10, 2011
By KAY SEDGMER, The Ticket

THE DELICIOUS strawberry is one of only a few fruits which bear its seeds on the outside.

But, really, who cares?

The great thing about the strawberry is that it is delicious with chocolate and the good thing about chocolate is that it is the perfect Valentine's Day food for young and old alike!

It is the opinion of many that the best treat for your favorite Valentine would be strawberries dipped in chocolate. And if you are among those individuals who think this task is better accomplished by an experienced chef ... you need to keep reading!

Anyone can dip strawberries and create the most fantastic looking displays for just a fraction of the cost of purchasing the treat already made.

It's as easy as melting the chocolates, dipping the fruit and drizzling, if desired!

To impress your Valentine and save lots of money, follow these simple steps.

1. Purchase medium to large sized whole strawberries leaving stems and green caps on.

2. Rinse, drain and pat each fruit dry with a paper towel.

3. Melt milk or dark chocolate wafers or melting discs in microwave, double boiler or crockpot.

4. Dip strawberries into chocolate by holding stem or insert wooden toothpick or skewer into each berry, covering approximately two-thirds of the berry.

5. Allow excess chocolate to drain off berry and then place on baking sheet to cool.

6. Place baking sheet in refrigerator to cool, about 15 minutes.

You may also drizzle the dipped berries with white chocolate. Simple dip a toothpick into the melted white chocolate in a zigzag pattern. Let set before serving by candlelight with a bottle of Champagne or full-bodied red wine, or if your Valentine is a youngster, a glass of chilled apple juice or sparkling grape juice will be the perfect addition.

(By the way, the other fruits with seeds on the outside are bayberries, blackberries, raspberries and cashews!)

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