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I had 14 recipes in my "must try" cookbook for Ready Set Cook #9 but was not able to make it during the contest because I could not find dessicated coconut and was trying hard to prepare contest recipes as presented. Contest over, I decided to try it with flaked coconut and thrilled that I did. To emulate the original ingredient I hand chopped my coconut into tiny bits and let it air dry on the counter for an hour or so. Because it was sweetened, I also reduced the amount of brown sugar by a third. Like other candies, this might look complicated at first but it was quite easy to put together and the directions are very good. The results are superb and unusual. The fennel gives a nice anise-like flavor which balances the sweetness of the coconut, apricots and white chocolate. (I loved the filling and would have happily eaten it without further treatment.) My first two pearls were very small and delicate and the later were larger to match the specifications provided. The larger tasted better because the amount of white chocolate was much in the smaller candies and the delicate flavors of the filling was lost. My pearls were intended to be part of my Easter packages but suspect they will be long gone by then. Thanks Mme Melissa.