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Famous Coconut-Almond Balls Recipe
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Famous Coconut-Almond Balls

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"Coconut and almonds dipped in chocolate."

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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    30 mins


  1. Line two cookie sheets or large flat surface with waxed paper and place large cooling rack on top. Place coconut in large bowl. Heat corn syrup, one minute in microwave, until syrup boils. Pour immediately over coconut and stir until well mixed.
  2. Using a tablespoon measure, shape coconut into 26 balls with hands and place on wire racks. Let rest 10 minutes, then re-roll each ball to keep loose ends from sticking out.
  3. Melt shortening and chocolate together in large glass bowl in microwave, or in saucepan on stovetop, stirring once or twice. Working quickly, spoon 1 tablespoon of chocolate over each ball. Lightly press an almond on top of each ball. Let balls stand until set.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 13, 2004

I made this recipe with my sister one day for fun and they were excellent! They tasted just like the Almond Joy candybars. It took a while for the chocolate on the top to set; however, a half hour or so in the fridge seemed to do the trick.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 13, 2011

this works better if you add powdered sugar. and I use almond bark for the coating

Jun 14, 2008

OK....so I just ate one of these and WOW!! I love them...they are supposed to be for tomorrow for Fathers Day, but I couldn't resist. They taste just like Almond Joy bars! I used the 4c. of coconut, increased the Karo syrup to 1/3c. and added 1tsp. of coconut ext. to that mixture. I used Hershey's semi-sweet chips, (may try dark chips next time) and only 1 tblspn. of shortening (which I thought was more than enough). I also did wizz the coconut through my food processor for a few seconds for a finer texture as another reviewer suggested. They were easy to roll and form into little mounds. I did freeze them for about 30 minutes and re-formed them so I didnt have any coconut pieces hanging. Delicious! Will definately make again!

Dec 24, 2004

I loved these and they were so easy to make! I had a little bit of trouble with the coconut mixture sticking to my hands so I rubbed a little bit of crisco between them and that did the trick. I also chilled the coconut balls it the freezer after the 2nd time I rolled them because I wanted to dip them in the chocolate and I was worried they might fall apart. Worked like a charm! Great recipe!

Dec 22, 2004

I increased the corn syrup since the coconut mixture looked too dry to form into balls. Once I started rolling them up, I realized it probably wasn't necessary. As for the finished product, I thought there wasn't enough coconut flavor. If I make these again, I'll probably add some coconut extract.

Dec 02, 2009

After you pour in the hot corn syrup, let it set a little bit to cool. The coconut will hold its shape better. If you find it doesn't hold together, wait a little longer. Firm the balls up in the freezer, and use a fork to dip them in the chocolate. I used butter instead of shortening, and I used 1/2 cup in the chocolate to get a runnier consistency, it made dipping much easier.

Sep 18, 2012

These were very yummy! I thought I would try to roll the coconut/corn syrup mixture into a log and try cutting them after taking them out of the freezer. I ended up just rolling them into balls anyway! It's the only way to do it. I do recommend sticking the coconut mixture in the freezer for a bit tho, it did help to keep it stiff. I also added 1/3 cup corn syrup and a whole bag of coconut. I dipped the balls and lifted them out with a fork. Just lay the almond on top right after you dip and they stay nicely. I put them in goodie bags, no problem with the almonds coming off.

Dec 27, 2007

These are as good if not better than Almond Joy. I rolled them into logs, and dipped them in tempered milk chocolate (I didn't use the shortening) and topped them with a whole almond. Everyone loved them!


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  • Calories
  • 379 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 28.4 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 31.4 g
  • 48%
  • Fiber
  • 6.5 g
  • 26%
  • Protein
  • 3.6 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 17 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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