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Chocolate Covered Coconut Balls

Chocolate covered coconut balls are a recipe from my childhood. My mom would make them every year for Christmas to take around to our friends and neighbors. I didn’t like them at all. Haha! Oh how things change!

Is there an age you reach that you start looking backward instead of forward or is this just a me thing? I’ve been very nostalgic lately and it seems to grow more and more so as the years move on. 

Yes, I still hope and dream. I still am loving life and where it’s taking me, but I’ve found this fondness for time and our stories. As a little girl I had no idea that the past little moments would one day be big ones to me. Chocolate covered coconut balls were absolutely not on my radar as ever mattering. In fact, I hated them, but there’s a reason they are here. 

A chocolate covered coconut ball that has been broken in half so you can see the creamy white coconut center. There are other coconut balls in the background.

Home was a Safe Haven

I grew up on a very small private road in Vancouver, Washington. Our street was shaped like the letter T. You entered at what would be the bottom of the T and drove down until you had to go left or right. I was off to the right and I can still see our big rhododendron bushes lining our yard and the way the fog hung in the air as we walked to school each morning. 

Every Christmas, lights would appear on houses and Christmas trees in windows and as I wandered home from school careful to not walk too close on the right where the huge mean poodles lived, and quick to walk past a field on the left where occasionally the rottweilers got out of their fence and would chase us barking and nipping at our buns (it was horrifying to say the least) I would picture all of the goodies Mom would be standing at the kitchen island making. 

As a kid you don’t really think about other kids and their homes. I just assumed all families were doing what we were. All kids were safe and happy. All moms were full time at home cleaning house and preparing wonderful meals and goodies. I know better now. I grew up in a safe haven. A place of love and peace. I find myself looking back as the mother of children now and understanding what I am to create and who I am to be because of these memories of my family. 

A round wire rack with chocolate covered coconut balls. There are a few coconut flakes sprinkled on top.

Connecting in the Kitchen

Peanut butter balls were my favorite. All dipped in chocolate like a Reese’s peanut butter cup. But every year Mom made the dreaded coconut balls too. GAG!! Ugh, all those stringy strands of pungent coconut like you’re eating a hairball from our little Tabby cat. 

But remember, I’m nostalgic, and looking back all while I’m circling my arms around my little ones so one day I found myself wanting to connect with our teenager and realized, she adores coconut and I have just the recipe to make with her. A grandmother’s love entered that kitchen as we rolled ball after ball of coconut. I was able to weave generations and hearts together and suddenly the hated coconut balls weren’t hated at all, but instead they became a treasure between a mother and a daughter. 

A wire rack with chocolate dipped coconut balls. A little sprinkle of coconut is sprinkled on top of each ball and a small dish of chocolate in next to the rack.

What Ingredients Do I Need for Chocolate Covered Coconut Balls?

Sometimes all you need is a few simple ingredients to knit hearts and generations together. These items are all you will need to make these chocolate dipped coconut balls:

  • Chocolate Almond Bark or Hershey’s Chocolate
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Butter (room temperature)
  • Coconut
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Vanilla

The measurements for each can be found in the recipe card below.

Six chocolate covered coconut balls on a wire rack. The coconut balls have a few coconut flakes sprinkled on top of the chocolate.

How to Make Chocolate Covered Coconut Balls

You’re just a few simple steps from making memories with your children in the kitchen. This is perfect do with toddlers or teenagers. Let’s make these coconut balls!

  1. Cream the butter, vanilla and powdered sugar.
    • PRO TIP: Be sure the butter is room temperature so you don’t get clumps of butter in your mixture.
  2. Add the sweetened condensed milk and coconut.
  3. Mix everything together thoroughly.
  4. Roll into balls.
    • PRO TIP: I like to use a small cookie scoop to keep the size consistent. It will be sticky. Dust your hands with powdered sugar to help avoid the sticking.
  5. Set the balls onto a cookie sheet lined in parchment and place them in the freezer for at least 2 hours (up to overnight).
  6. Melt the chocolate in the microwave for 1 minute and then continue in 30 second intervals, stirring each time, until completely melted.
  7. Dip the coconut balls in chocolate and place back on the parchment covered cookie sheet. You can use a fork or these chocolate dipping tools.
  8. Wait for the chocolate to set and then move to an airtight container.
  9. Top with shredded coconut or sprinkles if you want.

All these steps can be found in the recipe card below as well.

A round wire rack with chocolate dipped coconut balls. A few coconut flakes are sprinkled on top.

Can You Use Chocolate Chips For Dipping?

You can use chocolate chips instead of candy melts, but you should add 1 Tablespoon of shortening to each 6 oz. of chocolate chips.

How Long Will Dipped Chocolates Keep?

When stored in a cool place, homemade chocolates will keep for a month or more. Be sure to keep them in a cool place.

Should Chocolates Be Stored In The Refrigerator?

Chocolates should not be stored in the refrigerator.  

Chocolates should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark location.

A close up picture of chocolate covered coconut balls. The candy is sprinkled with a few coconut flakes.

Possible Variations on Chocolate Covered Coconut Balls

We like dark chocolate on our coconut balls, but feel free to use milk chocolate. Or better yet, make some of both! You could stick a whole almond on top and make it like an Almond Joy. If you love coconut, you can add a half teaspoon of coconut extract to the coconut mixture. The beauty of these is that you can make them just how you like!

Put on some Christmas music, turn on the lights of the Christmas tree and gather your loved ones in the kitchen and create memories making these chocolate covered coconut balls! One day your kids will look back on these moments with so much love and nostalgia just like I do now!

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A chocolate covered coconut ball that has been broken in half so you can see the creamy white coconut center. There are other coconut balls in the background.

Chocolate Covered Coconut Balls

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Prep Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

30 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

Servings: 48

  • 1 pkg. Almond Bark or Hersheys Chocolate, or dipping chocolate
  • 2 1/4 Pounds Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Cubes Butter softened, (1 cup)
  • 1 Bag Coconut sweetened, shredded
  • 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • Cream butter, vanilla and powdered sugar.

  • Add condensed milk and coconut.

  • Mix thoroughly.

  • Roll into balls. *see note

  • Freeze for 2 hours, or even overnight.

  • Melt chocolate in microwave for 1 minute, stir. Continue to heat at 30 second intervals, stirring between, until melted and smooth.

  • Dip coconut balls in chocolate and place on a parchment covered cookie sheet.

  • When chocolate is set, transfer to an airtight container and store in a cool place.

*Note:  filling will be sticky. You may refrigerate for a little while before rolling into balls, or dust hands with powdered sugar.
May be stored in an airtight container in a cool place for 1-2 months.

Nutrition Facts

Chocolate Covered Coconut Balls

Amount Per Serving (1 ball)

Calories 110
Calories from Fat 9

% Daily Value*

Fat 1g2%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Cholesterol 3mg1%

Sodium 11mg0%

Potassium 31mg1%

Carbohydrates 26g9%

Sugar 25g28%

Protein 1g2%

Vitamin A 22IU0%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 24mg2%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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