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Two Tasty Coconut Candies You Can Make At Home

by Scarlett Newman

The sweet, tropical flavor of coconut makes it a good choice for candy making. If you and your loved ones are big fans of coconut, try making one or both of these coconut candy recipes for your next party or gathering.

Chocolate-Covered Coconut Patties

These candies feature a gooey, sweet coconut center and a dark chocolate exterior. Since they melt easily, avoid making them on a hot day -- or plan on keeping them in the fridge.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dark chocolate, chopped

Combine the powdered sugar, egg white, butter, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly for about 10 minutes or until the mixture is completely liquefied and the sugar is melted. Remove from the heat, and stir in 1 cup of the coconut along with the vanilla extract.

If the pan has cooled enough, cover it with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator. Chill for 2 hours. Scoop by the teaspoon and roll into small balls. You should get about 18 balls. Roll each ball in some of the remaining coconut.

Melt the chocolate in a double-boiler. Dip each of the coconut balls into the chocolate using a fork, and place them on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until the chocolate is hardened, and enjoy.

Coconut-Walnut Clusters

The sweetness of coconut and the nuttiness of walnuts combine to create a very addictive treat. If you don't like walnuts, you can also make this candy with chopped pecans.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set it aside. In a double boiler, melt the dark chocolate and the vegetable shortening. When those ingredients are fully melted, stir in the coconut and walnuts. Keep stirring until all of the nuts and coconut are fully immersed in chocolate. Spread the mixture out evenly on the lined baking sheet. Aim to spread it as thinly as possible.

Then place the white chocolate in a double boiler pan and heat it until fully melted. Use a spoon to drizzle the white chocolate over the already-spread dark chocolate mixture. Place the concoction in the fridge for 1 hour.

Peel the wax paper off the back and break the candy into small pieces. Enjoy!

If making your own coconut candies sounds daunting, you can buy coconut patties and other treats from a company like Sun Delights Inc.

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