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Coconut Almond Candy

The secret ingredient in this homemade candy is a true surprise—no one tasting these delicious morsels will guess what’s in the sweet, creamy filling! —Katrina Smith, Lawrence, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup mashed potatoes (with added milk and butter)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 24 unblanched almonds, toasted
  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions

  • In a large bowl, mix coconut, potatoes, vanilla and, if desired, salt. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar. Refrigerate, covered, until firm enough to shape, about 1 hour.
  • With hands dusted with confectioners' sugar, shape mixture into twenty-four 1-in. ovals. Flatten slightly, then wrap each around an almond. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets; freeze until firm, at least 30 minutes.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and butter; stir until smooth. Using a fork, dip candies in chocolate mixture; allow excess to drip off. Return to baking sheets; refrigerate until set. Store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 candy: 167 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 61mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • Linda
    Feb 10, 2019

    When I was growing up, my grandma and mother both made this. Later, I did, as well. We called it potato candy. We put candied fruit and nuts in it, and then dipped it in chocolate. Very sweet, but oh so good!

  • Monique
    Feb 10, 2019

    This is a candy staple here in Maine. We call them Needhams.