Chocolate Strawberry Penguins

These little penguins are almost too cute to eat…ALMOST! For those who enjoy catching the latest episode of The Great British Baking Show and get excited about the decorating challenges, well these birds are for you! A lot less pressure while still a lot of fun, this decorating feat is perfect for strawberry addicts who don’t mind indulging in their share of chocolate either.

Chocolate Strawberry Penguins

12 small fresh strawberries
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips (you can substitute milk chocolate but your penguins will be lighter in color)
Candy eyes (available at Target or Michael’s) *these make your life sooo much easier (trust me the store ran out when I shot the recipe 😉
Yellow M&Ms*(see note below)

Make It:
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Next, add your chocolate pieces to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30-second intervals until melted. Stir in between cook times to ensure even cooking (should melt in about 2-2.5 minutes).

Rinse your strawberries and pat dry with paper towels. Next, backward dunk them into the chocolate like a delicious baptism. While the chocolate is still soft, pop on your candy eyes. Finish by pushing in a little M&M beak (see note below)*

Place your baking sheet in the refrigerator until the chocolate hardens. Serve and enjoy!

*NOTE on M&Ms:
These run slightly when pushed in and when the candy coating mixes with the sweet juice from the strawberry. There are 4 solutions to fix the dripping:

1. Cut the M&Ms in half and adhere to the strawberry with a bit of chocolate (that way they never puncture the strawberry. Getting a clean cut can be tough, so have extra M&Ms at the ready)
2. Wipe away any juice that drips out after pushing the full M&M in with a paper towel
3. Use a candy-coated sunflower seed instead and adhere with chocolate (these are just harder to find in grocery stores)
4. Don’t sweat it, just eat them!

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