Cheery Cherry Almond-Topped Fudge

8 ounces almond paste

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened

condensed milk, divided

3 drops red food coloring

1 3/4 cups HERSHEY'S?

Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

24 candied cherries, halved

1/2 cup sliced almonds


1 Line 8-inch square pan with foil, extending foil over

edges of pan.

2 Beat almond paste and 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk

in small bowl until blended. Add food color; beat until

well blended. Refrigerate about 1 hour or until stiff.

Spread onto bottom of prepared pan.

3 Place chocolate chips and remaining sweetened condensed

milk in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH

(100%) 1 to 1-1/2 minutes or just until chocolate is melted

and mixture is smooth when stirred. Spread over top of

almond paste layer. Cover; refrigerate until firm.

4 Use foil to lift fudge out of pan; peel off foil. Cut

fudge into squares; garnish with candied cherry halves and

sliced almonds. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.