Cherry Coconut Easter Eggs (Gluten-Free)
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- Ready In:
36-50 Easter Eggs
Cherry Coconut Centre Ingredients
- 4 cups desiccated coconut
- 300 g chopped red glace cherries
- red food coloring
- 375 g sweetened condensed milk (a whole can)
Chocolate Coating Ingredients
- 375 375 g dark chocolate or 375 g white chocolate
- 30 1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional) or 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (optional)
- Combine the dessicated coconut, chopped cherries, a few drops of red food colouring and the condensed milk in a bowl and mix well. Add colouring a little at a time until you get a bright colour. We aimed for something like a 'cherry ripe' chocolate bar colour.
- Roll heaped teaspoonfuls of the mixture into egg shapes. Squeeze the mix together and roll into ball shapes. Then shape with your hands to make oval egg shapes. If the mixture is too soft -- add a little more coconut and mix thoroughly.
- Place eggs on a tray and refrigerate until firm.
- Combine the melted chocolate with the copha or oil. You can just use chocolate without the copha or oil- these just give a glossier looking finish to the eggs.
- Dip eggs into chocolate and again refrigerate.
- Decorate as desired with melted NESTLÉ Dark Melts or White Melts (or any chocolate will do -really) that have been coloured with red food colouring.
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These were fabulous and my DH and I will make them every year. A lot of fun to make, and absolutely delicious. I used low fat sweetened condensed milk, otherwise followed the recipe exactly although I might put in a little more coconut next year. After a few days the red food coloring turned yellow which actually looked good against the red cherries. Everybody we have shared them with loved them. They taste just like a Mounds candy bar, only better. Thanks for posting.
This is my first attempt at candy making, and all in all it was a success! Although, I don't think I'll be attempting it again. My eggs, although tasty, turned out looking a little more like turds than Easter eggs - which was a turn off to most of my guests. This is definitely because I didn't use the red food coloring, which is a MUST to avoid the poop-resemblance.