I did not try the chocolate shell, but the mousse-like chocolate filling was DIVINE with the strawberries and whipped cream.
I have been making this every Valentine's Day since TOH published the recipe. It is wonderful. I have never had a problem with the chocolate shell at all. Just make sure you keep the chocolate thick enough and don't bring the sides up too much. YUMMY!
The one thing I learned from this recipie is that I'm not a candy-maker! The filling was good but I couldn't get the chocolate shell right. Maybe next time....
Very rich and very beautiful. The filling is delicious and a cross between a soft cheesecake pie and a mousse. I had trouble with the tin foil sticking to the chocolate heart shell...perhaps greasing it lightly with cooking spray would have helped, or using something different to line the pan (plastic wrap). I returned the chocolate shell to my heart shaped dish since there were spots where the tin foil removal process had torn the sides, then filled the shell with the yummy filling. Next time, I would skip the shell and instead make a chocolate cookie crust instead.