Chocolate coconut candy bites are a delicious allergy friendly treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth! A chewy coconut center is surrounded by a dark chocolate shell, making a sweet treat that you’re sure to love.
I made these chocolatey treats an embarrassing number of times this summer. For some reason, it was a chocolate coconut candy bite sort of summer at our house. And I didn’t mind one bit! Made with shredded coconut, maple syrup, cocoa powder, and organic coconut oil, these are a sweet treat that’s a little better for you.
These are easy to make, and if you don’t mind a little mess, they’re fun for kids to help make. There’s something so fun about dipping things in chocolate, isn’t there? The secret to an extra rich chocolate coating is to dunk these coconut candy bites at least twice.
I recommend allowing these to sit on a wire rack so that the excess chocolate can drip off of them, but if you don’t have a wire rack, you can just place some waxed paper on a cookie sheet and set the candies on that. They will just have a little excess chocolate on the bottom of each candy. But when has extra chocolate ever been a bad thing? :)
Can I use a different oil other than coconut oil?
No, you really need to use an oil that’s going to solidify when it’s cold. Coconut oil is the only oil that does that.
For anyone who is missing mounds bars or almond joy bars, this is the candy for you. This could be a great treat to make for Valentine’s day! You could package these up in a cute little heart shaped box for a special someone.
What brand of coconut oil is safe for those with food allergies?
I would encourage you to call and check on any brands that you are going to try, but the last time I called Dr. Bronner’s, their coconut oil was made in a coconut only facility. You can find this brand on Amazon or at Whole Foods.
Can I freeze these chocolate coconut candy bites?
Yes, I think you could freeze these if you like! Just make sure to thaw them before trying to bite into them, because they will be rock hard when you take them out of the freezer.
How long will these coconut candy balls stay fresh?
Make sure to store these in the refrigerator because with the high coconut oil content, they will become very soft at room temperature. If you store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container, they should stay fresh for up to a week.
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Chocolate Coconut Candy Bites.
For the coconut filling:
For the chocolate coating:
Spoon the coconut oil into a bowl, and heat in the microwave until melted - about 10 seconds.
Stir in the maple syrup and shredded coconut. Use your hands to form one inch balls, and place these on a parchment paper lined plate or cookie sheet. Place in the freezer for one hour.
Once the candy is frozen, make the coating. Place the coconut oil in a bowl, and microwave until melted - about 10 seconds. Stir in the maple syrup and cocoa powder.
Place a wire rack over some wax paper so that the chocolate can drip off of the candy.
Take one candy at a time and roll in your hands to reshape if necessary. Use a fork to drop it into the bowl of chocolate coating. Lift it out, and then dunk it in again. Lift it out and place on the wire rack.
Repeat with all of the candy.
Store the finished candy in the refrigerator.
Store this candy in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Nutrition facts are for one candy.
I hope you enjoy these! They disappear fast around here. :)
This post was originally published in September 2016. It has been updated with more tips and details.