Who remember’s these? My mother used to make them every year when I was a kid. But, come to think of it, I have never seen them outside of my family. I have no idea where she got the recipe, so if you know the original author, please let me know, so I can give them credit. I just love the way they taste, but I will warn you that they are quite sweet, so if you are one of those people that find a lot of desserts too sweet, they might not be for you. Regardless, they are so pretty that they make the perfect addition to any Christmas dessert tray.
The strawberries in the picture are a slight variation on the original recipe in that I left the nuts out. My daughter is home Christmas, and she is allergic to nuts, so I left them out. You can barely taste the difference, though they are a little stickier to mold.
Yield 3 -4 dozen
- 2 family sized packages strawberry jello or other gelatin
- 2 cups flaked, sweetened coconut
- 2 cups pecans, finely chopped
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 2 ounce package slivered almonds (You really only need about half of it.)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon liquid green food coloring
- red sugar
- Pour food coloring over almond slivers. Add water to cover. Allow to soak for about 10 minutes or until desired shade of green. Drain on paper towels.
- Mix together remaining ingredients except red sugar.
- Form into small balls and then pinch the ends of the balls to form strawberry shaped candy.
- Roll in red sugar.
- Insert an almond sliver into the large end of each strawberry.