Sunday, June 2, 2013

Chocolate Strawberry Shots

A few months ago a friend posted a photo of these on Facebook and I just had to try them. I believe the original photo came from Erica's Sweet Tooth. They were a huge hit at my party last night. The ladies all drooled over them. Everyone wanted the recipe, so here it is:

1 quart large strawberries
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 oz. Godiva chocolate liqueur
2 oz. vanilla flavored vodka
2 oz. chocolate syrup
nonstick cooking spray

Start with large strawberries.  I bought three quarts and sifted through to find the biggest ones. Wash, pat dry with a paper towel and cut off the tops. They were already hollow inside but I cut extra space in the biggest ones with a grapefruit spoon. The smaller ones will break if you hollow out too much.

Cut the bottoms off the strawberries so that they will stand up. Try not to leave a hole at the bottom of the berry, but if you do that's okay. Just be sure to cover the hole with chocolate. Pat the cut part dry as well. Be certain the berries are dry before you dip them or the chocolate won't stick.

Put a ceramic plate in the freezer to cool it down. This will help keep the chocolate from sticking to the plate. Spray generously with cooking spray.

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave on 30% power, stirring every 20 seconds. Be sure not to overcook the chocolate. Dip the strawberries in the chocolate and stand up on the plate. Cool in the refrigerator for one hour. You could also put them in the freezer, but don't let the berries freeze or they'll get mushy.

Carefully separate the berries from the plate with a knife or sharp spatula. Fill and enjoy!

(Note: Since I would never in a million years use a full-sized bottle of vanilla vodka, I bought a little bottle from the checkout display at the liquor store.)