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Chocolate Coconut Candies Recipe

Chocolate Coconut Candies Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:30 servings


  • 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 (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • Optional ingredients: chopped almonds, sliced almonds, sprinkles and additional coconut


  • 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.

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.

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Karen User ID: 1457438 265548
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8351184 258859
Reviewed 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 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. :)"

Penny11800 User ID: 6617744 173234
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2012

"Oh my GOODNESS! These are delicious. I hope they make it to my job tomorrow. I toasted sliced almonds whiched broke easily when mixing. I uses small pampered chef scoop- too BIG- will find smaller ballet maybe melon ballet next time"

FACSteacher User ID: 759865 82521
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2012

"I only gave this 4 stars because it didn't seem like 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk was enough. Mine was so dry that I added a little extra. Next time I would try the 1/2 cup and mix it with the powdered sugar first then stir in the coconut. I also skipped the chopped almonds and put a whole almond in the center. These are so rich but very tasty! I coated half the batch in Hershey's milk chocolate chips and the other half in bittersweet chocolate for a contrast like the name brand candy bar."

angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 156244
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"My 8 year-old daughter's favorite candy is Almond Joy so I pulled out this recipe to make with her. So simple she was able to do most of it herself and the result was impressive!"

Superju User ID: 4668160 209367
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2011

"super easy and super good!"

cherstad User ID: 2390261 170093
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"I love the combination of coconut, almonds, and chocolate, and these candies are such a treat. I got carried away with chopping the almonds in my blender, and ended up with ground almonds instead. I went ahead and used them in the recipe.....these turned out delicious! I did find that the chocolate coating seemed to stay a little sticky. I may use chocolate candy coating next time."

alic7 User ID: 1289372 168869
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2011

"I've made this recipe for a bake sale and I am always asked for the recipe. It is a winner."

corry05 User ID: 1733671 82520
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010 Edited Dec. 11, 2014

"I've been making this recipe ever since it was in Simple & Delicious. easy and always a pleaser on holiday cookie trays."

lindipally User ID: 1270998 82510
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2010

"Delicious and a snap to make! These fabulous coconut treats are always on my Christmas list of goodies to make. My picky little son just loves them!!"

mmgood21 User ID: 4957745 100818
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2010 Edited Dec. 11, 2014

"These little balls are absolutely deeelicious!!

I also need to say that the chocolate dipping was the hardest, but well worth the effort...yummy!!! Patti, Port Orchard,WA"

Guidopuppy User ID: 193187 158088
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2010

"Great recipe. So creamy and good. Almost to die for."

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 209366
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2010

"These candies are a family favourite and one we'll be keeping for a long time. It's loved by all my kids, including me, and one we'll be making many more times."

Pixie12 User ID: 4886795 98991
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2010

"great gift for my dad...:)"

LeLimey User ID: 4716277 100810
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2010

"For those who (like me!) had trouble dipping - try shaping and chilling and then sticking a cocktail stick in them. I then "froze" them for about 30 minutes before dipping them and it was easy! I also varied it by putting glace cherries in the centres of some and caramel in the centres of others. There are no end to the variations you can try!"

saraquarius User ID: 682205 170092
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2010

"Great recipe!! I followed the suggestion of puttting a whole almond inside of the filling....with milk chocolate coating it was just like an Almond Joy!! Very easy and I liked the fact that it didn't make a ton of candy....just enough for gift-giving."

krystelp User ID: 4729826 78942
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"One thing I forgot to mention: if you refrigerate the balls after you first form them for at least one hour, it makes it A LOT easier to dip in chocolate later!"

krystelp User ID: 4729826 78927
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2009

"This has become a family tradition over the last couple of years-- my family always begs me to make it!!"

summer888 User ID: 4210811 109639
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009

"Had trouble with both the shaping and the dipping. It worked better for me to shape them, refrigerate them, and then shape them again because the mixture was too soft at room temperature. As far as dipping, I used two forks and then tried a spoon and a fork but always felt like I left too much chocolate around the edges. I probably need more dipping experience. There has to be an easier way than what I was doing."

l5673348 User ID: 4595304 170253
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2009

"this is my first time making candies and this recipe was fun my 2 year old helped by sprinkling them with coconut."

rickndee User ID: 1560653 99017
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2009

"These candies are fast and easy to make and delicious to eat. Taste just like an Almond Joy candy bar. They make a nice presentation. I highly recommend this recipe!"

eleyana User ID: 1142513 98990
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2009

"These were absolutely sublime! Dark chocolate makes them even better than almond joy."

callie85 User ID: 3443379 109617
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2009 Edited Dec. 11, 2014

"awesome rolled with a whole almond in the middle!"

sgtamos User ID: 1237666 171645
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2008 Edited Dec. 11, 2014


Kelli F. User ID: 1506371 82492
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2008

"These candies are so good. They taste like mounds bars. Yum."

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