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Coconut Surprise Candy

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
    about 4 dozen


  • 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 semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • Chopped walnuts, optional


  • 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.
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  • Sherry
    Jan 1, 2018

    It was very easy to make. Taste delicious. I would recommend this recipe to everyone. I have tried other recipes that were just to sweet but these were just right. Will definitely make again.

  • Sunflowerfields
    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!