Coconut Balls made at home are a healthier twist to a Mounds Bar and Almond Joy Bar. An incredibly delicious filling made of shredded coconut embodied in rich melted chocolate coating.
Here we go onto more delicious chocolate recipes. I am thrilled to share this recipe with you because these homemade candy treats remind of being a kid at Easter. The filling is like an explosion in your mouth of a Hershey’s Mounds Bar and a Cadbury Creme Egg that make up coconut balls.
My mom used to make these chocolate covered coconut balls for us as kids and even now she still sends them our way. When we were talking about these chocolate covered coconut candies on the phone last week, I had to tell her I never realized (as a kid) they were homemade! I always thought they were store bought since they were so fresh and delicious! They taste just like a Hershey’s Mounds Bar! Only there are no filler ingredients. Everything is pure with only 5 ingredients needed! Now the tradition of homemade chocolate coconut balls is passed down from me to the boys.
When I first had Chase I was hesitant about giving him candy. I didn’t want him getting addicted to all the sugar and fat. So his Easter baskets were full of fruit snacks, 1 or 2 chocolate pieces of candy and mostly toys. But saturated fat is actually good for a child’s brain development (just not trans fats). And now he’s 4 and that Easter basket has grown with more Easter candy… even overflowing into his brothers basket. Most of the time I make their own “reward” and holiday treats such as fun and colorful chocolate bark made with natural ingredients and dyes. My hesitation for most candy is that the majority is made with colorful dyes that may be unsafe including Blue No. 1, Blue No. 2, Green No. 3, Red No. 3, Red No. 40, Yellow No. 5 and Yellow No. 6.
Yellow No. 5 and Yellow No. 6 have actually been known to cause attention disorders in children and are banned in most countries. The Blue No. 2 dye used in M&M’s is one of the most harmful cancer causing dyes. These candy’s have no harmful dyes!
I feel safest when my kids get ingredients I can control even though I can not control it all. It’s ok though to let go. We are only human and sometimes we just want a freaking Snickers bar… or else!!! Boy is their marketing on-target for the personality change if you don’t get your chocolate fix!
The creamy filling of these coconut balls is made by whipping together cream cheese, organic butter, confectioners sugar, unsweetened coconut shreds and vanilla extract. Once they are mixed thoroughly, place in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes. then shape your coconut filling into balls or eggs or cut-out stars. Or shape and make them into rectangular candy bars. Melt rich semi-sweet chocolate morsels or dark chocolate in the microwave and then dip the chilled filling (using a fork) into the melted chocolate. Let cool and enjoy! These chocolate coconut balls can be stored in an airtight container for about a week. Don’t say I didn’t warn you- they won’t last long!
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- ½ stick of organic butter
- 2 lbs. powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
- 7 oz. unsweetened shredded coconut
- 16 oz. semisweet chocolate chips, melted
- Prepare a baking pan by lining it with parchment paper. In a mixture combine cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and coconut until combined. Roll into balls or desired shapes and place on parchment paper lined baking pan. Place in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
- Melt chocolate chips in the microwave for 30 seconds. Mix until melted. Using a fork, poke coconut balls and roll in the melted chocolate. Place on parchment lined pan. Continue for each filling ball. Let cool before eating. Store in an airtight container for 5-7 days.
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