Chocolate Coconut Creme

Chocolate Coconut Creme

1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 3/4 cup milk
2 cups sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup flaked coconut
25 pieces chocolate caramels
1/4 cup cream evaporated milk
1 quart fresh strawberries

In saucepan, combine sugar and gelatin. Stir in milk. Heat until warm and gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat; cool to lukewarm.

Stir in sour cream, vanilla extract and coconut. Pour 2 cups mixture into oiled an 5- to 6-cup ring mold.

Set remaining sour cream mixture aside. Chill mold until mixture begins to set.

Meanwhile, heat caramels and cream or evaporated milk in heavy saucepan, stirring constantly until mixture is smooth. Cool to lukewarm.

Stir in reserved sour cream mixture. Spoon over partially set layer in ring mold.

Chill several hours or overnight. Run knife blade between mold and contents to loosen. Turn onto serving plate.

Fill center with strawberries. Chill until ready to serve.

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