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Star of the East Fruit Bread Recipe


40 minutes
Skill Level
2 loaves

This old-fashioned Christmas fruit bread recipe brings back memories! Made with HERSHEY'S CHIPITS. Start baking now and try this sweet loaf of goodness here!

Ingredients & Directions

Bake Time
40 minutes


  • 1/2 cup
    butter or margarine, softened (125 mL)
  • 1 cup
    granulated sugar (250 mL)
  • 2
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla (5 mL)
  • 2 cups
    all-purpose flour (500 mL)
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda (5 mL)
  • 1/4 tsp
    salt (1 mL)
  • 1 cup
    ripe bananas, mashed (about 3 medium) (250 mL)
  • 1/2 cup
    maraschino cherries, chopped and well drained (125 mL)
  • 1 can (10 oz)
    mandarin orange segments, well drained (284 mL)
  • 1/2 cup
    chopped dates or calimyrna figs (125 mL)
  • Cocoa Glaze:
  • 2 tbsps
    butter (30 mL)
  • 2 tbsps
    golden corn syrup (30 mL)
  • 3 tbsps
    water (45 mL)
  • 3 tbsps
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa (45 mL)
  • 2 tsps
    vanilla (10 mL)
  • 1 1/2 cups
    icing sugar (375 mL)


Equipment Needed 
oven and stovetop Oven & Stovetop
loaf baking pans (2) 8x4-inch (20x10 cm) Loaf Baking Pans
measuring cups Measuring Cups
mixing bowl Mixing Bowl
mixer Mixer
saucepan Saucepan

Heat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease two 8 x 4-inch (20 x 10 cm) loaf baking pans.


In large bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla until creamy.


In medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt; add alternately with mashed banana to butter mixture, blending well.


Stir in cherries, orange segments, dates and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans.


Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until golden brown and tester inserted in centre comes out clean. Let cool; remove from pans. Drizzle tops of loaves with Cocoa Glaze. Store tightly wrapped.

Cocoa Glaze: In small saucepan over low heat, melt butter; stir in corn syrup. Stir in water and cocoa; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and slightly thickened. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Gradually stir in icing sugar, beating to desired consistency.