Coconut Surprise Candy Recipe

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What's the secret ingredient in these dipped balls? Mashed potatoes! The spuds create the creamy texture, while coconut and chocolate chips figure big in the flavor.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/3 cup mashed potatoes (prepared without milk and butter)
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • Chopped walnuts, optional

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 137 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 27mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine coconut, sugar and mashed potatoes; mix well. Roll into 1-in. balls; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. In a microwave or double boiler, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip the balls into chocolate and then walnuts if desired. Return to waxed paper until chocolate is set. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Originally published as Coconut Surprise Candy in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1999, p39

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Sunflowerfields User ID: 5429524 28107
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

"This is exactly like the recipe my MIL gave me over 46 years ago. Very good candy. I usually put an almond on top of the coconut before I dip in chocolate. Yum!"

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