Star-of-the-East Fruit Bread

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2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup Hershey's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup chopped dates 
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries, well drained
Cocoa Glaze (recipe follows)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 3 medium)
1 can (11 oz.) mandarin orange segments, well drained
1/4 teaspoon salt
Heat oven to 350*F. Grease two 8x4x4-inch loaf baking pans.
2. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add alternately with mashed banana to butter mixture, blending well. Stir in cherries, orange segments, figs and chocolate chips. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans.

3. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until golden brown. Cool; remove from pans. Drizzle tops of loaves with Cocoa Glaze. Store tightly wrapped. 2 loaves.
Cocoa Glaze:
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
3 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons Hershey's Dutch Processed Cocoa
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar

Melt butter in small saucepan over low heat; 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 powdered sugar, beating to desired consistency.

Source:  Hershey
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