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Candied Fruit Platter

 Candied Fruit Platter
"Yummy chocolate-dipped fruits make a perfect dessert and a pretty arrangement on your table. I like to use them for brunches or buffets." Dina Nicastro, Thornhill, Ontario
20 ServingsPrep: 1-1/4 hours

Ingredients

  • Assorted fruit: sliced apples and starfruit, peeled quartered kiwifruit, cubed fresh pineapple, dried apricots, dried sliced pineapple and apples, and fresh strawberries, grapes and sweet cherries
  • Caramels and Tootsie Roll Midgees
  • Pretzel dipping sticks
  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons shortening, divided
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 pound white candy coating, chopped
  • Toasted coconut and finely chopped pecans, optional

Directions

  • Prepare fruit; pat dry with paper towels. Microwave unwrapped
  • candies, one at a time, for 10 seconds each. Wrap softened candies
  • around strawberries and pretzel sticks as desired.
  • In a microwave, melt milk chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons
  • shortening; stir until smooth. Repeat with semisweet chocolate
  • chips and remaining shortening. Melt candy coating; stir until
  • smooth.
  • Dip fruit and pretzels into melted coatings; decorate as desired.
  • Sprinkle with coconut and pecans if desired. Place on waxed paper;
  • let stand until set. Yield: varies.