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Old 02-07-2011, 03:06 PM   #1
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Chocolate Covered Strawberries

I am considering making chocolate covered strawberries (if I can find some locally) for Valentine's Day. One of the recipes I'm looking at calls for 2 Tbsp of shortening. I have butter flavor Crisco and don't want to go buy regular shortening just to use 2 Tbsp. Would the butter flavor work?? I wonder if the formula is different.

Also, any easy chocolate covered strawberry recipes would be appreciated!

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Old 02-07-2011, 11:06 PM   #2
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I can't imagine it would make a difference. Honestly I think (just my opinion) that "butter flavored shortening" is just a marketing trick with no noticeable difference in the final product. If I'm wrong and it does make a difference then it shouldn't do anything more than give your chocolate a slight buttery flavor, which wouldn't be bad.
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I can't imagine it would make a difference. Honestly I think (just my opinion) that "butter flavored shortening" is just a marketing trick with no noticeable difference in the final product. If I'm wrong and it does make a difference then it shouldn't do anything more than give your chocolate a slight buttery flavor, which wouldn't be bad.
I use it in cookies and breads (banana, pear) and it does have a buttery aroma to it and I think it does lend a good flavor to the final products. I think you are right, though about the chocolate coating...it shouldn't hurt. I may just give it a try. IF I can find some strawberries!
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Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Valentines? ~~ Shoot, by the time you get deep into a bottle of Champagne, I don't think you'll notice any buttery flavor....or care!

New Crop Florida berries should be (or soon will be) available in larger chain stores....
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I use it in cookies and breads (banana, pear) and it does have a buttery aroma to it and I think it does lend a good flavor to the final products. I think you are right, though about the chocolate coating...it shouldn't hurt. I may just give it a try. IF I can find some strawberries!
I stand corrected then! I've never used it so I wouldn't know, it was just a guess. But I still don't think it will adversely affect your strawberries.
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Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Valentines? ~~ Shoot, by the time you get deep into a bottle of Champagne, I don't think you'll notice any buttery flavor....or care!

New Crop Florida berries should be (or soon will be) available in larger chain stores....
LOL, me and my sons won't be sharing any champagne this year. And with the way the weather is lately, I'll be lucky to see my fiance on my burf-day (22nd)!!
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I would just do it like a chocolate fondue and leave out the shortening. Chocolate Fondue Recipe | Simply Recipes
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I am considering making chocolate covered strawberries (if I can find some locally) for Valentine's Day. One of the recipes I'm looking at calls for 2 Tbsp of shortening. I have butter flavor Crisco and don't want to go buy regular shortening just to use 2 Tbsp. Would the butter flavor work?? I wonder if the formula is different.

Also, any easy chocolate covered strawberry recipes would be appreciated!

Thanks!
it should be fine. after all 2 tbsp isn't all that much.
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If you want to do them ahead (instead of a fondue) you can just use a ganache recipe - they are very easy to make and so pretty.





Here's the post with the recipe: Icing advice needed
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