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       Title: FRUIT AND NUT CLUSTERS
  Categories: Candies, Fruits, Microwave, Chocolate
       Yield: 2 servings
  
      12 oz Semi-Sweet Chocolate OR
            -Vanilla Milk Chocolate
            -chips; 2 cups
     1/2 c  Slivered Almonds; toasted*
     1/2 c  Dates; chopped
     1/2 c  Red Candied Cherries;
            -chopped
       8    Red Candied Cherries;
            -quartered; if desired
  
   Line cookie sheets with waxed paper.  In med. saucepan over low heat, melt
   chips; stir until smooth.  Stir in almonds, dates and cherries. Drop by
   teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets. Garnish each with candied cherry
   piece.  Refrigerate until set.  Store in airtight container in cool place.
   Makes 32 candies. MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS: Line cookie sheets with waxed
   paper. In 4-cup microwave-safe measuring cup, microwave chips on MEDIUM for
   3-4 mins., stirring once halfway through cooking. Stir until smooth.
   Continue as directed above. *TIP: To toast almonds, spread on cookie sheet;
   bake at 375 F for 5-10 mins. or until light golden brown. Or, spread in
   thin layer in microwave-safe pie pan. Microwave on HIGH for 3-4 mins., or
   until light golden brown, stirring frequently. “To add color contrast to
   your candy tray, prepare one recipe using the chocolate chips and another
   using the vanilla milk chips.”
  
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