These chocolate coconut bites easily rival your favorite coconut candy bars (Mounds and Almond Joy). Made with coconut dough dipped in dark (or milk) chocolate with or without nuts. They come together in about 15 minutes and are perfect for gift giving. This post contains affiliate links.
If you like Mounds and Almond Joy candy bars you will LOVE these chocolate coconut bites. I actually like them better and think that the coconut has a more distinct texture, but I’ll leave it up to you to decide for yourself!
My husband loves Mounds and I wanted to see if I could make him a batch of fancy replicas this holiday season. I found a container of coconut dough online, but I’ve seem many recipes for making your own.
I rolled the coconut filling into balls then dipped some in dark chocolate (Mounds) and the rest in milk chocolate with a whole almond in the center (Almond Joy). One tub of coconut dough makes 2 dozen 1″ gourmet chocolate coconut bites and will run you $9.99. You can definitely make them smaller if you’d like to make more per batch. Is it cheaper to go out and buy a bag of mini candy bars? Yes, but I actually like these better, and making your own allows you the freedom to experiment with different add ins for your own gourmet treats.
If you’d like to try making your own coconut filling, Not Enough Cinnamon, shares a simple coconut filling recipe here. HOWEVER, this involves freezing the coconut forms to prevent a mess when dipping them into chocolate. I haven’t tried making this recipe, but wanted to offer it as another option for you guys!
Update: The company that I ordered my coconut dough is no longer in business, unfortunately. I updated the links with replacement products from other shops.
The coconut dough is super easy to work with and eliminates the extra time and step of refrigerating or freezing first. You simply open the container, roll the coconut dough into balls and dip. That’s it!
Each pound makes approximately 32 pieces of candy when rolling 1/2 oz. into a ball & dipped into chocolate.
Chocolate Coconut Bites Are Decadent and Delicious
You can use your favorite melting chocolate to create your chocolate coconut balls. I bounce back and forth between the Ghirardhelli melting chocolate wafers that you can buy at Sam’s Club during the holiday season and ordering online from Amazon (because I love online shopping). Both are delicious and pass my super scientific taste test (grabbing a few out of the bag and eating them plain–ha!).
The coconut dough rolls into balls very easily. I made my coconut balls slightly smaller than the ones that had an almond inside. Those ones were almost 1 1/2″.
For the almond ones I pressed an almond into the center, then formed the dough around it to close it off.
You can use a double boiler to melt your melting chocolate, but a microwave works too and is what I used this time. 30 seconds is a good starting point before giving it a good stir and deciding whether to add another 10 seconds or so. DO NOT OVER HEAT.
Once dipped, I sprinkled crushed toasted almonds over the one with almonds and let them sit until hardened.
Chocolate Coconut Bites
Chocolate Coconut Bites
- Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.
- Roll coconut dough into 1" - 1 1/2" balls and place onto waxed paper.
- Melt chocolate in microwave safe dish for 30 seconds. Stir. Add 10 seconds if necessary and stir until smooth.
- Dip coconut balls into chocolate, letting excess drain off and place back onto waxed paper.
- Let harden.
- For Almond Bites: place an almond in the center of the coconut ball and form dough around almond. Sprinke with chopped almonds after dipping in chocolate for a garnish.