During the holidays in the 1970s imitation strawberries made of coconut and Jello would appear on meat and cheese trays and on buffets. Other imitation fruits were made from the same recipe, oranges, limes, lemons and peach. I liked the strawberry flavor the best.
It was also a time of stuff served on toothpicks such as lunchmeat and cheese or cubes of Spam and pineapple. There was always plenty of beer, wine and cocktails. You needed those to wash some of the snacks down. No party would be complete without some variation of cheese fondue served with squares of French bread. Nothing more fun than watching drunks sword fighting with melted cheese and bread armed forks. Every new bride had a fondue set complete with recipe book. Some of those recipes are best forgotten. I noticed those were never fought over durning divorces.
This is a recipe that kids enjoy making. All the fun of play dough and you can eat it. Let the kids use their imaginations to create different shapes and decorations. Grape flavored dinos might be fun.
- 2 packages of strawberry Jello (4 serving size)
- 2 cups of angel flake coconut
- 1 can of Eagle brand milk
Mix all of the ingredients together. Chill in a covered bowl in the refrigerator until the mixture is firm enough to shape. Mold the mixture into strawberry shapes and roll them in white or colored sugar. Use green decorative frosting to form three tiny leaves at the larger end of each strawberry. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Other fruits can be made from the same recipe using different flavored Jello.
If you do not want to form the mixture into fruit shapes pat it into a lightly buttered pan and cut into 1 inch squares. Dust the surface of each in sugar.
The imitation strawberries can be used to decorate a sheet or layer cake.