Chocolate covered strawberries are a favorite of mine, they’re just so good! To my delight, Disney Family has a recipe for chocolate strawberries with a Disney twist, so I thought I’d share it with you. Here’s how you make Mickey’s Tuxedo Strawberries!
What You’ll Need
Heatproof or microwaveable bowls
Parchment-lined sheet pan
Yellow food coloring, powdered or gel
Parchment cones or sandwich bags
Strawberries are highly perishable, so they’re not well suited to advance preparation. Make up your tuxedo strawberries earlier on the day they’ll be served or at most the evening before.
If you’re melting the chocolate over hot water, take care not to let any water drip into the bowl. Water will make the chocolate seize, or set into a solid and uncooperative block that’s good only for baking. Use gel or powdered food coloring for the same reason when tinting the white chocolate to make Mickey’s bowtie.
White or dark chocolate can scorch easily in the microwave, so be diligent about heating it in short increments and stirring every time. Scorched chocolate can’t be salvaged.
Piping the fine details – the buttons, and Mickey’s bowtie – requires a steady hand. For best results and a minimum of frustration, that should be reserved for adults or older kids.
How To Make It
1 Rinse the strawberries under cold running water, then drain them in a colander for several minutes. Turn them out onto a mat of paper towels and roll them gently on the absorbent surface until they’re dry.
2 Measure white chocolate into a heatproof bowl and place it over a saucepan full of simmering water. When the chocolate is mostly melted, remove it from the heat and keep stirring until any last lumps disappear. Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate in your microwave oven in 15-second increments, stirring every time.
3 Grasp a berry by its green leaves and dip its front into the white chocolate. Hold it over the bowl for a moment or two so any excess chocolate can drip off, then set it down on a parchment-lined baking sheet. After you’ve shown them how, your kids can take turns dipping the berries and transferring them to the sheet pan.
4 Refrigerate the berries for at least 15 minutes, until the white chocolate appears dry and is no longer tacky to the touch. When they look ready, melt the dark chocolate in another heatproof bowl.
5 Dip each berry into the dark chocolate at an angle, making a diagonal line from the berry’s pointed tip to one of its shoulders. Hold it in place for a moment so any excess chocolate can drip off, then do the same with the berry’s second side. The end result should be a berry with dark chocolate sides and a broad, V-shaped white-chocolate shirt-front.
6 Re-warm the remaining dark chocolate and pour it into a parchment cone – if you’re familiar with those – or a sturdy sandwich bag. Snip off the tip of the cone or a corner of the bag to make a very small hole for piping. Make two to four dots on every shirtfront to serve as buttons.
7 Re-warm the remaining white chocolate and add yellow food coloring until you have the bright and cheerful color of Mickey’s signature bowtie. Fill a second parchment cone or sandwich bag and again snip a tiny hole for piping. Carefully draw the bowtie, making two horizontal triangles with a small dot in the middle to represent the knot.
8 Pipe a dot of dark chocolate onto the top of each berry, one on either side, and stand a jumbo chocolate chip in place on each dot to represent Mickey Mouse ears. You might need to hold them in place for a few moments until the chocolate sets, a task you can delegate to your helpers.
9 Refrigerate the finished “Mouse berries” until serving time.
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