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AnnieDrews

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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!
 

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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! :LOL:

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! :LOL:

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.:blush: And with the way the weather is lately, I'll be lucky to see my fiance on my burf-day (22nd)!!:wacko:
 

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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. :cool:
 

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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.

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Here's the post with the recipe: http://www.discusscooking.com/forums/f41/icing-advice-needed-64350.html#post893378
 
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AnnieDrews

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Thank you all! I think (if I do this at all), I want to go with the hardened chocolate coating (using my butter flavor Crisco). I like the hard chocolate on the strawberries. I saw some strawberries at the store yesterday, but it was really too early to buy them for the weekend. If I make them I will update and let you know how they turn out!!
 

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I'm not sure how hard your aiming for but the ganache dries to a firm consistency - not hard crack but about the consistency of fudge. In either case - post up some pics of the final product. I love lookin' at chocolate ;)
 

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mY WIFE USES MARGARINE. i REALLY THINK EITHER OF PRODUCTS WOULD WORK WELL. Ooops, sorry about that.
I think important thing is to make sure the strawberies are good. becasue if they do nt taste good the whole job is a waste of time.
 

AnnieDrews

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mY WIFE USES MARGARINE. i REALLY THINK EITHER OF PRODUCTS WOULD WORK WELL. Ooops, sorry about that.
I think important thing is to make sure the strawberies are good. becasue if they do nt taste good the whole job is a waste of time.

Good point! But, I am making them for a 14-year old and an 18-year old so it probably won't matter much.:LOL: Although....my 18-year old seems to becoming something of a food critic lately...:ermm:
 

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When I was a kid I was moe picky than I am now. Nowadays if I buy something and it is is not as tasty as I would like, I'd eat it just so not to waiste the money. back then I could not careless.
 

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I found some Dark Chocolate Orange Sticks for Shrek...I have to buy more for him...they were really tasty!:pig:
 
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