Fun, Fast, and Festive

Let’s create a fun, fast, and festive appetizer can be served for a Christmas brunch, an afternoon luncheon, or an evening party.  
Let’s build an edible Christmas Tree:

1 pint of strawberries
12 oz. vanilla-flavored candy coating
1 (8oz.)pag. dried apricots
11 to 12 inch styrofoam cone 
Fresh mint leaves

Wash strawberries.  Do not remove the stems.  Gently pat dry.  Line cooking sheets with waxed paper.  Melt candy coating in medium saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.  Dip each strawberry and apricot in the candy coating until 1/2 of fruit piece is coated  Allow excess to drip off.  Place on waxed paper-lined cookie sheets.  Refrigerate until set.

Wrap styrofoam cone in foil to cover.  Insert toothpicks in cone about 3/4 apart in row near bottom of cone, leaving 1/2 inch of each toothpick exposed.  Arrange fruit on toothpicks.  Repeat with additional toothpicks and remaining fruit, adding 1 row at a time until cone is covered.  Tuck mint leaves in any open areas between fruit pieces.  Replenish cone with additional fruit as needed. 

Hope you enjoy this fun and easy recipe!!!!!
Merry Christmas

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