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July 19, 2013

Coconut adds fiber, vitamins to candy treat


The Eagle-Tribune

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Turtle candies are a classic favorite of children and adults alike. The combination of caramel, chocolate and nuts makes for a delicious treat that, of course, resembles a turtle.

The chocolate shell and nut legs get an added twist when dessert chef Rosanne LeBlanc sprinkles shredded coconut on top. Sprinkled on, coconut adds vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fiber, so adding coconut to a plethora of different foods, including baked goods, drinks and savory recipes, is gaining popularity. While coconut is a nutritious and sweet addition to any meal, coconut is most at home when paired with rich chocolate.

In this recipe, the Gloucester candymaker makes an easy summer dessert out of the most basic ingredients: chocolate, caramel, nuts and coconut. Layer the chocolate, nuts and caramel for a classic turtle dessert, and then sprinkle on coconut flakes for a more tropical, exotic flare.

Coconut Turtles

Ingredients

2 tablespoons chocolate

2 tablespoons caramel

1/4 cup mixed nuts

1 teaspoons shredded coconut

Instructions

1. Melt chocolate in the microwave for 15 seconds at a time or until soft. Pour melted chocolate into small circles on parchment paper.

2. Drop mixed nuts into chocolate. Allow chocolate to spread.

3. Pour on more melted chocolate and add more mixed nuts.

4. Let cool.

5. Roll caramel into a ball and stretch out. Make sure the caramel is thinner around the edges.

6. Press the caramel on top of nuts and chocolate.

7. Drizzle more melted chocolate on top.

8. Sprinkle with shredded coconut.

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Recipe courtesy of Rosanne LeBlanc, Rosannesbiscotti.com, 2013.