EVENT: FOODIE’S REDOING OLD POSTS #4
RECIPE: COCONUT CHOCOLATE
What is Coconut Chocolate?
Coconut Chocolate is a homemade chocolate using desiccated coconut, cocoa powder, milk powder, milk and flavors. Easy to make, its an ideal sweet treat during festivals. It also makes a very good edible gift as both kids and adults will love it. Tastes so much like Bounty Chocolate. Go on try out the recipe.
My son is getting married in April and the preparations have begun. In a few days I am off to India to shop till I drop! Easy to say that but am pretty tensed as I have so many things to do. In spite of writing all the ‘to do’ things on a list I am just worried that I may forget something. Its at times like this, one does not want to make a mistake in case you hurt someone’s feelings. When I got married, all the preparations and decisions right from the guest list to my wardrobe was decided by my parents and family. These days things are different and the bride and groom have a big role to play in the preparation and decisions. It is not easy with family being far and wide but I really thank God that we have emails, whatsapp,sms, easy phone call facilities, etc. Family members from India, Canada, UK, Dubai and France stay connected and plan the wedding. I made these coconut chocolates to give out with the invitations where ever possible. Most of the invites were for abroad but a couple were for Mombasa.
From the time I added this post to my blog, I’ve made coconut chocolate so often but for some reason or the other didn’t manage to take new photos. I made these just recently for my niece’s wedding and this time remembered to take the photos. Its all thanks to the new Facebook Group Foodies_Redoing Old Posts started by Renu.
Foodies_Redoing Old Posts Group
Old posts just get lost in the wide wide wide web unless they are very popular. Renu who blog’s at Cook with Renu has started a Facebook Group called Foodies_ Redoing Old Posts. Every two weeks we can redo our old posts and share it on the group. What’s the advantage of doing this? Well, it gives us the opportunity to improve the write up, update photos and make it visible again for our audience. I’ve got so many old posts that need updating especially where the photos are concerned. This group with definitely give me the ‘push’ to prepare the dishes again for better photos.
I make Coconut Chocolate ever year
Coming back to these delicious beauties, I still make them every Diwali without fail to give away as gifts. Any happy occasion at friends or relatives home and I make these coconuty chocolatey delights. I’ve tried these chocolates with orange, mint and lemon flavors. I love the orange, mint and vanilla. Some of my relatives like the lemon flavor.
Some More Chocolate Recipes:
Fudgy and with chopped nuts and dry fruit – Easy Homemade Chocolate
Cold cake – have no idea why its called a cake when it tastes so much like a chocolate.
Renu’s 5 Ingredient Mint Chocolate Truffles are a must for mint lovers like me.
Chocolate Truffles with Pomegranate taste awesome
Ingredients required for Coconut Chocolate:
Desiccated Coconut – for the filling, unsweetened and preferably finely grated one.
Cocoa Powder – for the coating, unsweetened.
Drinking Chocolate – also known as sweetened cocoa powder.
Milk Powder – For the coating and filling, preferably full fat, as the skimmed milk one doesn’t help to roll the balls.
Icing Sugar -Also known as confectioners sugar. For both the filling and coating. Can use powdered sugar.
Milk – use cold milk for both the filling and coating.
Flavoring – of your choice. Can use vanilla, mint, orange, lemon, etc.
Lemon Juice – for the coating
Butter – for greasing.
- Gluten Free
FOR THE FILLING:
- ½ cup milk powder
- 1¼ cup desiccated coconut
- ½ tsp vanilla extract or peppermint essence
- ⅓ cup icing sugar
- 3 tbsp milk
FOR THE COATING:
- 1 cup icing sugar
- ½ cup drinking chocolate
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ¾ cup milk powder
- 2 to 3 tbsp fresh milk
- ½ tsp lemon juice
- some butter for greasing
PREPARE THE FILLING:
- Sieve the milk powder and icing sugar into a big bowl.
- Add the desiccated coconut and mix well.
- Add essence to the milk and mix. Add to the coconut mixture and form a dough.
- Take about ½ tsp of the filling and roll into a ball.
PREPARE THE COATING:
- Sieve the icing sugar, milk powder,cocoa powder and drinking chocolate into a bowl.
- Add the lemon juice and milk and form into a dough.
PREPARE THE CHOCOLATE:
- Divide the dough into parts according to the number of coconut balls you have made.
- Grease your hands a bit and press one part of the filling dough into a small circle.
- Place the coconut ball on top of the coating mixture.
- Cover the coconut ball completely with the coating.
- Roll gently to make a smooth ball.
- Place on a greased tray.
- Repeat with the remaining filling and coating.
- Put in the fridge if you stay in a hot and humid place.
Add more milk to the coating if the dough cracks while rolling.
The chocolate keeps well for a month in the fridge.
When I made these in US I noticed that the coconut was a bit dry. I added some more milk and allowed the filling to rest for a while.
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