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Chocolate Coconut Candies

These coconut candy balls 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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    5 dozen


  • 1-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • Optional: Chopped almonds, sliced almonds, sprinkles and additional coconut


  • In a large bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, coconut, almonds and milk. Shape into 1-in. balls. Refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Test Kitchen Tip
  • Want easy cleanup? Use parchment paper sheets.
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  • Nutrition 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.

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    • chinmaya
      May 27, 2020

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    • Diane
      Apr 8, 2020

      So easy and so delicious. I made these for Easter as they remind me of coconut eggs. I made the balls a bit smaller since they are so rich.

    • Sandy
      Mar 31, 2020

      I used unrefined pressed/virgin coconut oil for the shortening adding a little extra coconut taste. This recipe is so simple and delicious!

    • Jackie
      Dec 11, 2019

      I love the mounds candy so I am sure that this will be fantastic. I will though be making a change to your recipe. The only nuts I can eat are cashews, walnuts and peanuts because of allergies to any other nuts so If I use nuts they will be those 3. These will make great Channukkah and Christmas Presents for not a lot of money

    • Reese
      Jan 25, 2019

      These were absolutely amazing! so easy to make even though I didn't measure everything just perfect. cant really mess these up. I rubbed coconut oil in my hand when I rolled them. I used fresh grated coconut partially dried in the oven. I will definitely make again. Unfortunately my daughter liked them haha. Thanks

    • Barbi54
      Dec 24, 2018

      Wonderful, Delicious! And, easy to make! My family loves them. The filling takes a little muscle to mix thoroughly. As some suggested, I put the coconut into the food processor to make the pieces a little smaller.

    • Karen
      May 5, 2017

      These are always a hit at parties and for gift giving. I suspect those people who said the mixture was "too runny" to make a ball, used the entire can of sweetened condensed milk instead of the 1/2 cup that is called for. (I did this the first time I made them) If you make it exactly the way the recipe states, and chill as recommended, they turn out perfect. If you are having a hard time rolling the mixture into balls, perhaps use a little Pam spray on your hands first.

    • jabpkb
      Dec 30, 2016

      These are fantastic! I chilled the mixture overnight which made less kitchen time the next day and made the balls more solid. Will definitely make these again.

    • rena 55
      Jul 17, 2016

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

    • cathycmdawson
      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