40 large firm strawberries
14 oz. cream cheese, softened
3/4 c. confectioners sugar
1 1/2 tsp almond extract
8 TBL milk chocolate, grated, divided
Cut a thin slice off of the leafy end of the strawberries, just enough to allow the berries to sit level.
from the other end, cross-cut each berry about 3/4 of the way down, careful to not go all the way through.
Spread the four wedges slightly with a finger-tip.
Set berries aside.
In a Large Mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar and almond extract until light and fluffy. Gently fold in half the grated chocolate.
Using a pipette, decorating bag with tip, or small spoon, generously fill the strawberries, being careful not to break them.
Sprinkle the remaining chocolate on the tops of the stuffed berries, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
For a stronger chocolate flavor, apply a small dollop of chocolate syrup instead of the sprinkled grated chocolate