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Catholic Recipe: Poor Woman's Marzipan


  • 1 lb. very fine dried coconut (if you shred it yourself, put it through finest knife of grinder)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 pkgs. strawberry-flavored gelatin


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Difficulty: •

Cost: $$$$

For Ages:11+



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This recipe will challenge the creativity of your children, who love to mold shapes and designs. Moreover, this artwork is edible!


Use 1 pkg. gelatin, add coconut and milk. Stir well to blend and let stand a few minutes, then form into balls and roll in the second pkg. of gelatin. Form each ball into a strawberry. Insert a small piece of green toothpick, if desired, for the stem. For pumpkins, use orange gelatin and make the balls a little larger. Insert a pencil to make the top depression and a nut pick to form the ridges. Gather little sticks or twigs from your garden to use for stems for a more natural look. Use your imagination to work out other fruits. Good work-play for the children, too, — at least they can eat the results, which is more than you can say for Play-Dough.

Recipe Source: Holy Housewifery Cookbook by Ethel Marbach, Abbey Press, Saint Meinrad, Indiana, 1968