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Published February 13, 2013, 11:36 PM

The Great Indoors with Tracy Briggs: Chocolate, strawberries pair for romantic treats

Valentine’s Day is here, and for those of you in a panic because you haven’t done anything special for your amour, there’s still time.

By: Tracy Briggs, INFORUM

Valentine’s Day is here, and for those of you in a panic because you haven’t done anything special for your amour, there’s still time.

Chocolate and strawberries, a classic Valentine’s Day culinary pairing, go together like Romeo and Juliet, Cleopatra and Mark Antony, or Taylor Swift and boyfriend du jour.

We offer two recipes that you can whip up tonight to still score points with your sweetie.

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

A recipe for chocolate-dipped strawberries might seem simple enough, but it’s actually pretty easy to screw up. Follow these directions to avoid the two most common mistakes: wet berries and burned chocolate.

Ingredients:

• Strawberries

• Toothpicks

• 12 oz package chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk chocolate)

• Waxed paper

Wash strawberries the night before you dip them. Spread them out on a cookie sheet and make sure they’re as dry as possible. If the strawberries are wet, the chocolate won’t stick. Put toothpicks through top of the strawberry for easier handling.

Pour chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Cook for 1:30 at high power. Stop every 15 seconds or so to check and stir the chips. Don’t over melt them. Whether you use a double boiler or a microwave, slowly melt your chips. If the chips get too hot, the chocolate will seize up, and there is no saving it. In fact, let some of the chips remain unmelted. They’ll melt as soon as you stir them together with the melted chips.

Once the chocolate is melted, dip the strawberries. If you prefer, then roll the freshly dipped berries in coconut, peanuts or sprinkles. Rest on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet and let sit for a few minutes in a cool spot.

Chocolate Lovers’ Strawberry Margarita

Here’s a recipe to improve the traditional strawberry margarita for your favorite chocoholic.

Ingredients:

• Chocolate milk

• Strawberry margarita or daiquiri mix

• Tequila

• Crushed ice

Mix 3 parts chocolate milk with 2 parts strawberry mix with 1 part tequila. Pour over crushed ice and garnish with a chocolate-covered strawberry. How easy is that?

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