4/10/09

coconut truffles

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Are these coconut truffles? Or mini candy bars/bites?
I wasn't sure what to call them.
They do remind me of a Mounds candy bar, but better in taste and texture.
I was trying to re-create a healthier version of a Mounds bar without all the chemicals;.
I just wanted pure high quality dark chocolate and creamy coconut center.
Oh and of course a touch of salt on top with a roasted salted almond.
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It's heavenly I tell you, just heavenly.  If you're a big coconut fan, then you simply must make these.
If you like these truffles, come see what else I did with coconut: coconut clusters.
Almost like a truffle....Simple to make. Decadent and addictive.
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chocolate coconut truffles
adapted from flagrantdelicia.com
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100 g sweetened coconut flakes (3.5 ounces)
140 g sweetened condensed milk (4.9 ounces)
a pinch of salt
200 g 70% dark chocolate, to coat (7.5 ounces)
Salted, roasted almonds, optional but wonderful.

Cook notes:
I used salted almonds to place on the tops of the bars before they hardened. I also made a batch using dark chocolate and milk chocolate. Loved them both ways. Keep in mind the dough/candy is very sticky so use wet fingers when molding them into a pan or molding/rolling them into balls. I prefer making these into balls or oval shapes instead of bars. But do what you like.
Combine coconut with condensed milk, add a pinch of salt and mix until smooth.
Refrigerate for 20 minutes to harden up. At this point you can: place the mixture into a small pan and cut out bars after they’ve hardened OR you can roll them into oval shapes (like eggs) or balls.
I chose the latter since it’s a lot easier than slicing them into bars. The dough is very sticky so use wet fingers to mold. After you’ve molded them into balls or ovals, place on parchment lined trays and put in fridge for at least an hour before dipping into chocolate. I also found it a lot easier to gently freeze them a bit (like 5-7 minutes before dipping into chocolate).
Melt the chocolate in a double-boiler. Using two forks roll/dip the balls in the chocolate, making sure to coat all sides. Place on a rack and top with an almond or two if desired.

When all are done refrigerate until the chocolate hardens.
Should make about 15 – 18, depending on the size you roll them.

68 comments:

  1. O man Dawn.. those look incredible! I never thought that coconut could look this good until now!

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  2. I adore this combination of dark chocolate and coconut. I used to make these at Easter time for years but stopped. I think it's time to start again.

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  3. Those are masterpieces. Wow. I'll never look at an Almond Joy the same way.

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  4. The coconut looks to creamy inside that chocolate shell. Yum-o!!

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  5. very nice - I need to check out that other blog you mention because you inspire me...

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  6. These look amazing and I will definitely use this recipe for an Almond Joy spin. You are very talented.

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  7. Mmmm they look so nice and creamy inside- great creation

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  8. Call them whatever you want, just give me some! Those look awesome. :D

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  9. Your kitchen is a candy factory! LOVE IT! I want to make these but I don't know if I should, they look highly addictive!

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  10. Eventually? I would say you are there!

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  11. I remeber seeing those as well. I love that creamy filling Dawn! Chocolate and coconut are THE thing! I'm sure it's much better than mounds!

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  12. are you going to put these in my easter basket? b/c i LOVE coconut :)

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  13. MMMMMM...Dawn! I love them, so delicious!!

    Great pictures too!

    I wish you & your family a Happy Easter!

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  14. Those are mouth-watering! They look so scrumptious!

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  15. Dawn, why do you love to torture me so? yum!!!

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  16. Your photos are awesome. Don't you think it's time to start entering them in DMBLGIT? I think so ;)

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  17. I bet these are seriously addictive. Yum!

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  18. These look just gorgeous!!! LOVEl truffles. I'd love to learn how to make Teuscher Champagne Truffles--anyone know???

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  19. Oh wow!!! I so want to eat these up!!

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  20. Hi Dawn. It's a photo contest.
    Here's a link to this month's host.
    http://dolcifelici.de/blog/2009/04/02/does-my-blog-look-good-in-this-april-2009-edition/langswitch_lang/en/#more-388

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  21. These are beautiful.

    Happy Easter!

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  22. ummmm,I thought I was your favorite blog???? LOL LOL I kid I kid!
    The are so cute. I think I would have issues poppin 5 or 6 of these bad boys in my mouth in one sitting!

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  23. SCREAMING STUNNING...can you hear me Dawn? Just fabulous!! WOW!!

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  24. Oh geez please send me some.

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  25. Stop it already- you're killing me here! Those look the best. The dark chocolate and coconut are tops in my book. I will have to make these sometime soon!

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  26. These look toooooo good!

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  27. So good! These truffles look really addictive and scrumptious!

    cheers,

    Rosa

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  28. Mounds and Reese's cups are my favorite candies. I don't eat them very often because, well, there's so much crap in them. I'm so glad that you've figured out a healthier version of my favorite treat. How delightful! They look totally delicious!

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  29. Are you kidding me??? Your killing me again!

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  30. While I'm still not that much of a fan of coconut, all is forgiven when there's condensed milk in it :) They look deelish!

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  31. Oh Boy, I can feel my butt cheeks spreading just looking at these gorgeous pieces of edible yumminess.

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  32. Looks amazing...although everything here does!

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  33. OH MY GOSH! HEAVEN!!!!!! :)

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  34. Not only did they look good..but they tasted great!!! I forgot you made caramel ones and when I bit into it, I got a really big suprise!!!!

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  35. Look at those! You rock Dawn - coconut makes me swoon.

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  36. I love Mounds bars growing up but I agree about the whole trying to make them healthier. Sounds like an awesome recipe!

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  37. Are you still taking orders for these? ;) These look like they were made professionally. Well, coming from you I can always expect that, but truly, these look perfectly delicious.

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  38. my brother claims that eating coconut is like eating hair. i emphatically disagree, and think these are beautifully-done and simply perfect. so there. :)

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  39. Yum...I would probably eat one of these in five minutes...intentionally eat it slow, yes.

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  40. Oh Dawn, you're seriously killing me. I think I've died and gone to heaven!

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  41. Mouth WATERING! mmmmmm

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  42. Dawn those look amazing. Wow. And thanks for the new blog link.

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  43. Those are beautiful!!! Yummy!

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  44. Oh man, I want one!! Glad I found your blog!

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  45. That coconut filling looks so nice and moist and good. Chocolate and coconut is such a great combo!

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  46. That looks SOO delicious! With the nut on top, they look like Almond Joy, or Bounty Bar as we might say in NZ.

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  47. The recipe doesn't qualify if it is sweetened condensed milk, or just condensed? They look SOOO yummy!

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  48. I have a great tip. Use ice cube trays to mold the coconut. The kind I have are small round shaped. Press into the molds and place in freezer to firm up. Once you're ready to dip in the chocolate, pop out of the freezer and snap the coconut bits from the ice cube tray, dip and set!

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  49. Oh my word, i just love how you make it sound so easy. But will definitely try it.

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  50. Just made them, outstanding! thanks for sharing

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  51. Too bad they are made with milk. Would love to find a real alternative to milk for making deserts. Has anyone tried candy making with soy milk or almond milk?

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    1. I would try coconut milk... yummmmm...

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  52. You don't even know how much I LOVE Almond Joys, now I can make them in my own home!!! I must be in heaven. Thanks for sharing. ~Kristine R.

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  53. I tried my hand at making these!! So good! Thanks for posting the recipe. I linked it to you..You can check it out at http://temporarywaffle.blogspot.com/2012/08/super-yummy-almond-joy-wannabes.html

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  54. I made these today! Thank you. They were yummy!

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  55. Bookmark now, make later...they look scrumptiously delicious! Thx

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  56. I made these! Unbelievable! Scrumptious! BUT...you MUST FREEZE THEM FOR 30 minutes before dipping in the chocolate.really heavenly......

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  57. Can't wait to try these. Think I'll make them this Christmas! Thanks for the recipe.

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  58. I'm making these now,and can't wait to try one or three.. :) do you need to refrigerate after you dip them???

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  59. This is utterly delicious, i must make it tonight for my family. Thanks for the recipe..:)

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  60. We make Mounds bars every yr. for Christmas. We have everyone spoiled along with our cookies. In the recipe I have you use confectionery sugar along with Coconut & cond. Milk.. You really have to dig in to mix it thats why I make them when Hubby is home so he can do it lol. It makes it firmer so you can roll into bars,or balls. They are refrigerated not frozen, We form them into the small bars, refrigerate, & dunk in melted dark choc. The recipe I have makes like 77 small bars.They are delish everyone raves about them!!!

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  61. How long will they keep?

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    1. in the fridge about 3-4 days.
      they have a pretty good shelf life if kept in the fridge.

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  62. Hmmm....I wonder...what about coconut creme instead of the condensed milk? Its really thick, maybe thin with a lil cocomut milk...coconutgasm! Think I'll try that!

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    1. I made these tonight with full fat coconut milk instead of condensed milk (to veganise) they turned out awesome!

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