Fudge Easter Eggs

These should be made ahead of time as the fudge filling mellows after a few days.

2-1/4 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
3/4 cup hot water
1/2 pound marshmallow creme
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening, melted
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 cups candied fruit (cherries and pineapple)
1 cup chopped nuts
dipping chocolate, melted

In a heavy saucepan, stir together sugar, corn syrup, and water. Heat, stirring constently, until the mixture reaches 265 F using a candy thermometer. Add marshmallow creme and beat until almost firm. Add melted shortening, powdered sugar, candied fruit, and nuts. Mix well. Divide mixture into 10 equal sized pieces. With your hands, mold each piece into an egg shape. Dip eggs in melted dipping chocolate. Allow to harden on cooling racks or waxed paper.

Servings: 10

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