Bring Joy Coconut Chocolate Candies

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Bring Joy Coconut Chocolate Candies


Give yourself some time when making these candies because the filling mixture needs to be refrigerated for 1 hour and the finished candies need to be refrigerated for at least 1 hour.

2½ cups unsweetened flaked coconut

1 cup almonds

1 cup powdered sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

5 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk

1? cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

Flaked salt, for decorating

Line a 9-by-4½-inch loaf pan with foil, letting excess hang over the short sides; it will be used to lift the candies from the pan.

Use a food processor to whir the coconut flakes until chopped but not pulverized. Work slowly, checking frequently. Transfer to a mixing bowl.

Grind almonds until finely chopped. Reserve 1 tablespoon for decorating, then add the rest to the coconut. Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract to the almond-and-coconut mixture, stirring to incorporate.

Pour condensed milk into the coconut mixture and combine the ingredients with your hands, until stiff. If this filling mixture is not cohesive, add more condensed milk, 1 teaspoon at a time. Knead and press firmly, pushing the mixture away from you, folding, and repeating until the ingredients are evenly distributed. Press the filling into the prepared pan, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Place parchment paper on a wire rack. Lift the foil holding the block of filling and unmold it onto a cutting board, top side down. Score it into 18 squares of equal size (3 across, 6 down). Use a sharp knife to cut the chilled filling; you might have a little trim, which is your cook's snack. …

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