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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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Okay here's a brief breakdown of my tips on this recipe: 1) Use shredded coconut instead of flaked. I don't know if you can put flaked coconut in the blender or food processor to grind it up but if you can do it. 2) I used 8oz of corn syrup (half a 16 oz bottle) for this amount of coconut. I also didn't bother cooking the corn syrup I just drizzled it into the mixer bowl of coconut while the mixer was running. 3) Don't make them too big. 4) I toasted my almonds. 5) Chill the coconut balls before dipping in chocolate 6) To dip them in chocolate I used two forks. I dropped them into the chocolate upside-down then used the two forks to pick up the candy turn it over to make sure the sides were coated then I raised the candy up tilted slightly to the side to drain off the excess without compromising a smooth texture on the top. Then I placed them on a parchment-lined baking sheet to harden. 7) After the chocolate dip has hardened DO IT AGAIN. Once is really not enough to get a good thick chocolate shell. 8) Oh almost forgot-- I didn't bother with the shortening. Pure chocolate was all I needed-- these do NOT last long. They really do taste just like the candy bar. AWESOMENESS!!!
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.
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!
These are delicious!! Only thing I did wrong was make them bigger than it said too - definently stick with the 1 tblsp. coconut otherwise it makes for too much coconut even with more chocolate. I suppose if you flattened the coconut like Almond Joy bars are you could get away with it. They definently do taste like the real thing after I took some coconut out lol!