I am a HUGE fan of Almond Joy's. I can't get enough of them. The smooth coconut with the crunchy almond in the middle, all covered in chocolate. I mean, what's not to love? So I set out to make my own version of coconut chocolates and at the last minute thought to myself, why not add an almond in the middle? If you are like me and find Almond Joy's to be absolutely delicious, try out this recipe! The only regret I have is that I made such a small batch! I highly suggest tripling or quadrupling this recipe!
Recipe yields roughly 9 chocolates (Depends on how big each coconut ball is)
1 1/2 cups sweetened flake coconut
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
Handful of whole almonds
3.5 oz dark chocolate (I used 70% cocoa)
Line a baking dish or other flat tray with wax paper. In a bowl, combine coconut and milk.
Using a small ice cream scoop (or your fingers!), create little balls with the coconut mixture.
Set tray in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes. When you remove, the coconut balls should still be soft. Push an almond into the center of each ball.
Place tray back in the refrigerator for an additional 10-15 minutes. This allows the coconut mixture to harden and become easier to handle when dealing with the chocolate.
Break chocolate into small pieces and add to a bowl. Using a double broiler or the microwave, melt the chocolate until smooth. Place one coconut ball in the chocolate at a time and completely coat with chocolate.
Remove from bowl and place back on wax paper. Repeat this process until all coconut balls are coated with chocolate.
Place the tray back in the refrigerator for 10-15 more minutes. This allows the chocolate to harden. Remove from refrigerator and enjoy! (If you make a large batch, you can store them by placing in a sealed plastic container.)