Chocolate Coconut Balls

One of the best parts of Valentine’s Day is the candy, so why not try making some simple chocolate candy at home.


Ingredients

·         1-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

·         1-3/4 cups sweetened shredded coconut

·         1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

·         2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

·         1 tsp Vanilla extract 

·         2 tablespoons shortening

·         Optional ingredients: chopped almonds, sliced almonds, sprinkles and additional coconut

Directions

·         In a large bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, coconut, condensed milk and vanilla extract. 

·         Shape into 1-in. balls (Might get sticky – use extra powdered sugar on your hands to help prevent sticking if needed)

·         Refrigerate or place in freezer for about 10-15 min 

·         In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening. Microwave in 20 second increments, stirring each time until melted.  

·         Dip balls in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. 

·         Add sprinkles or shredded chocolate (optional) 

·         Place on waxed paper

·         Let dry

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