Chocolate Coconut Candies Recipe
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Chocolate Coconut Candies Recipe

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These candies disappear just as fast as I put them out. They're a snap to whip up and make a beautiful presentation on any holiday cookie plate. I mound them high and sprinkle with coconut…then watch them vanish! —Mary Ann Marino, West Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:30 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 30 servings


  • 1-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • Optional ingredients: flaked coconut, chopped almonds, sliced almonds and sprinkles

Nutritional Facts

1 candy (calculated without optional ingredients): 157 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 22mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, coconut, almonds and milk. Shape into 1-in. balls. Refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes.
  2. In a microwave, melt semisweet chips and shortening on high for about 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth.
  3. Dip balls in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Coat or garnish with ingredients of your choice. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Coconut Candies in Simple & Delicious November/December 2007, p34

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rena 55 User ID: 1935799 250560
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2016

"I love coconut and these are so good. Easy to mix up and make."

cathycmdawson User ID: 8672099 239965
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2015

"We dipped in dark chocolate an they were fantastic ! Added to the list for Christmas candy. I'd like to try with milk chocolate. Yum"

CarolinNJ User ID: 8316873 224009
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2015

"What a disaster. I followed this recipe precisely so I am not sure how this recipe received such great review.

There was no way to form the coconut mixture into little balls! The mixture was too thin an unmanageable. I'd say it was just a waste of ingredients if I weren't flying right now from an extreme sugar buzz. Haha.
It taste great! From a spoon."

paul3303 User ID: 1713232 216944
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015

"I didn't use the nuts and they were great. My granddaughter,s favorite candy."

Jerrimorse User ID: 8150596 214512
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2014

"I used your recipe Its a good recipe I had mixed the ingredients like the recipe called for and I had some trouble making ball out of it . It was to wet even after I had put it in fridge for a couple of hours rather than twenty minutes, still had to roll in chocolate fell apart.

But all together taste was really good."

havingfunwithmyfamily User ID: 7043692 156245
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2014

"These taste just like an Almond Joy or Mounds Bar! I did not use the shortening. I simply melted milk chocolate chips, and chocolate melts in the microwave (stirring every 30 seconds until smooth) to dip the coconut balls into!"

TwoLovU User ID: 7552434 170255
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

"I made these for work for our Christmas sweet week & received so many compliments, saying your candies were the Bomb! Or I don't know which I like better, your peanut butter fudge, these coconut balls or the peanut butter balls! Now I'm making another batch for Christmas day! I use my 1/2 tbsp. for scooping, but I still think this is a tiny bit to big of a bite size since they are soo sweet. I also added 1-1/2 tsp. of almond extract. I chopped my coconut in my chopper to make smaller pieces, thinking this would help more on scooping out smaller portions. After dipping in the chocolate & while still warm, I also sprinkled some sprinkles used for Christmas cookies on top, some with coconut flakes & some with the left over almonds crushed on top. Not only did they look pretty, but they truely were the BOMB!"

fnstlug User ID: 3658849 100822
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2013

"I left out the almonds and the candies still turned out good, but Extra sweet. I think they would have been way better with some nutty crunch. I 'd also suggest that you chop up the coconut a little before mixing it in."

TJKCW User ID: 7187579 109640
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2013

"i love (LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) coconut (at first i spelled coconut wrong)

:) :) :) :)"

Leona2 User ID: 7134407 135414
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2013

"I had to add a little more sweetened condensed milk than the recipe called for. Really easy to make. :)"

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