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Trifle for Two
Submitted by: Cathie
1 3-ounce package cream cheese, softened
4 teaspoons instant cappuccino powder
(any instant coffee flavor)
2 teaspoons sugar
1 cup whipped topping
2 slices pound cake or cake of your choice, cut into cubes
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
additional whipped topping and chocolate chips
(optional)
In a mixing bowl beat cream cheese, coffee powder and sugar until smooth. Beat in whipped topping until blended. Divide cake cubes between two dessert dishes; top with the cream cheese mixture and chocolate chips. Garnish with additional whipped topping and chocolate chips if desired. Yield: 2 servings.

Chocolate Mousse
Submitted by: Barbiel
2 egg yolks
3 squares (6oz) semisweet chocolate
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 tablespoons confectioner's sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
semisweet chocolate shavings for garnish
In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks. In a saucepan, melt the chocolate with water, stirring until smooth. Add 3 tablespoons of chocolate mixture to the egg yolks, then pour mixture back into the pan with the remaining chocolate. Cook over low heat, stirring until thickened, about 1 minute. Transfer to a new bowl and let cool for 15 minutes. Mix the cream, sugar, and vanilla with a mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Transfer 1/2 cup of mixture to a small bowl and refigerate. Fold the remaining mixture into the chocolate mixture. Spoon into 2 dessert cups. Refrigerate until firm (2 hours). Spoon refrigerated cream mixture onto mousse before serving and add chocolate shavings as garnish.

Covered Strawberries
Submitted by: Barbiel
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1 tablespoon shortening (do not use butter, margarine or oil)
2 pints fresh strawberries, rinsed and patted dry
Cover tray with wax paper. Place chocolate chips and shortening in a medium microwave safe bowl. Microwave at high for 1 minute. Stir. If necessary, microwave an additional 30 seconds or until chips are melted and mixture becomes smooth when stirred vigorously. Do not over heat. Holding the strawberry by the top, dip the bottom 2/3 of each strawberry into melted mixture. Shake gently to remove excess chocolate. Place on prepared tray. Cover and refrigerate approximately 1 hour, or until coating is firm. Serves 2.
Note: You can substitute all semi-sweet or all milk chocolate according to your own tastes.

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