Chocolate Coconut Candies

Some will remember the commercial “almond joy has nuts, mounds don’t” and some may not. Well, these candies taste like an almond joy bar, but you could leave out the almonds and then you have a mounds bar. I have made these with unsweetened coconut and bitter chocolate which I feel was a better balance of sweetness for me. Play around with the ingredients to find what you prefer. Even though the holidays are over, these make great gifts for a house warming, a hostess, neighbor or friend. Enjoy!

1 3/4 C. confectioners’ sugar
1 3/4 C. flaked coconut
1 C. sweetened condensed milk
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 Tbsp. neutral flavor oil (I use avocado oil)

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-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and oil; stir until smooth. Dip balls in chocolate, allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Store in an airtight container.

Yields: 2 1/2 dozen

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