1/4 cup prepared instant
mashed potatoes made without butter or margarine
1 package (3 ounces) berry flavored gelatin (raspberry, strawberry, etc.)
2-1/4 cups powdered sugar
10 ounces dark chocolate candy bar or 1-2/3 cups chocolate chips
5 teaspoons shortening
(10 ounces of dipping chocolate or almond bark may be used instead of chocolate and shortening)
In a medium sized bowl, mix potatoes and gelatin completely. Gradually add powdered sugar. Knead dough until smooth. Roll into a 1-inch diameter log. Cut into 3/8-inch slices. Let slices dry at least 24 hours, loosely covered, turning each piece several times during the drying process. When outside is dry and firm, melt chocolate and shortening together in a microwave or double boiler until smooth. Coat each piece of candy with melted chocolate and allow to cool. When cool and firm, each piece may be decorated with frosting rosettes or other designs. Makes about 60 pieces.