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    CHOCOLATE-DIPPED STRAWBERRIES
    2 SQUARES (1 OUNCE EACH) SEMISWEET OF BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE, CHOPPED
    TABLESPOON WHIPPING CREAM
    DASH ALMOND EXTRACT
    8 STRAWBERRIES
    COMBINE THE CHOCOLATE AND THE WHIPPING CREAM IN A GLASS MEASURING CUP OR BOWL. MICROWAVE AT MEDIUM POWER FOR 1 MINUTE OR UNTIL THE CHOCOLATE MELTS, STIRRING AFTER 30 SECONDS. STIR IN THE ALMOND EXTRACT AND COOL SLIGHTLY. DIP EACH STRAWBERRY INTO THE MELTED CHOCOLATE, ALLOWING THE EXCESS TO DRIP OFF. PLACE ON A WAXED PAPER-LINED BAKING SHEET. REFRIGERATE OR FREEZE FOR APPROXIMATELY 15 MINUTES UNTIL THE CHOCOLATE IS SET. SERVES 2 = ABOUT 175 CALORIES

    Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
    2 pint baskets of fresh strawberries

    1/2 c. each semisweet, milk and white chocolate chips
    Finely chopped toasted almonds or pistachios (optional)
    Line large baking sheet with waxed paper. Rinse strawberries and pat dry with paper towels. In separate small, microwave-safe bowls (such as custard cups) melt chocolates, one at a time, in microwave at 50-percent (medium) power, allowing 1 1/2 to 2 minutes each. Stir until smooth. (If not completely melted, microwave a few seconds longer.) Or, melt chocolate as package directs. Holding strawberry by stem end, dip into chocolate to cover about three-fourths of berry. Dip into nuts, if desired, and lay on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining strawberries, chocolate and nuts. Refrigerate until chocolate is set. Makes about 8 servings (3 strawberries per serving). For double- and triple- dipped strawberries: After first coating of chocolate is set, dip into contrasting chocolate, leaving part of the first chocolate exposed. Repeat with third chocolate, if you wish, allowing each layer to set between dips.
    To drizzle strawberries with chocolate: Microwave chocolate in small plastic bag until melted. Squeeze into one corner of bag. Lay strawberries close together on baking sheet. With scissors, cut a small hole in corner of bag, and move back and forth over strawberries, squeezing bag gently. Or, drizzle contrasting chocolate over strawberries that have been dipped. Refrigerate.

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