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Candy Strawberries

 Candy Strawberries
Ripe for giving—not to mention munching—are these tasty confections from Beverly Mix of Missoula, Montana. "I've brought batches to Christmas cookie exchanges for years, and they're always a hit," she reveals.—Beverly Mix, Missoula, Montana
54 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped walnuts
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded coconut
  • 3 packages (3 ounces each) strawberry gelatin
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 to 8 drops green food coloring
  • 3/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/3 cup each red and green decorator's sugar

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine walnuts, coconut and gelatin. Stir in milk and
  • vanilla; mix well. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. Meanwhile,
  • combine water and green food coloring; add almonds. Let stand,
  • stirring occasionally, until almonds are deep green. Drain and let
  • dry on paper towels. Using rounded teaspoonfuls of dough, form into
  • strawberry shapes. Roll sides in red sugar; dip top end into green
  • sugar. Insert an almond in the top for a stem. Store in airtight
  • container in refrigerator.
  • Yield: about 9 dozen.