Chocolate mice & strawberries

>> Thursday, December 10, 2009

So here's a fun idea for all of you who have kiddo's at home. I used to make these when I was little so decided to take a trip back in time today as I spend the day cooking to re-create an old holiday favorite of mine. Chocolate mice are simple to make, taking a whimsical approach to a holiday dessert. All you need (aside from a steady hand) is:

Melting chocolate
Hershey's Kisses
Slivered almonds
Decorating gel
Parchment paper

To make the body of the mouse simply dip your cherries in a bowl of melted chocolate and lay on parchment paper. If your cherries have stems, lay them flat so they appear to be the tail of the mouse. Take an unwrapped kiss and gently attach the flat part of the kiss to the chocolate covered cherry. Find two similarly sized almond slivers and carefully insert side-by-side between the kiss and the cherry.

Repeat this until all your cherries are transformed into little mice and let them thoroughly dry.

Dot decorating gel on the nose and to make eyes and refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Another fun idea for chocolate is chocolate covered strawberries. These are so simple to do but so delicious! Again, you need a nice melting chocolate, parchment paper and, of course, strawberries.

Melt your chocolate on half power in the microwave for about 2 minutes and stir until melted. Dip your strawberries and lay on their sides on the parchment paper. That's it! Once dry, refrigerate until ready to serve. Upon serving, you can sift a bit of confectioners sugar over top for an extra wow effect.


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