Olivia found this lovely recipe at a web site called www.iwashyoudry.com. The ingredients are few and simple, but delicious nonetheless. With Valentine's Day just a couple of weeks away, you might consider making these lovely confections for someone close to you. You might even consider ground hazelnuts as a garnish instead of coconut if you like. Be creative. Just about anyone would enjoy being surprised with these yummy confections.
- 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
- 11 oz. store bought soft caramels (such as Kraft)
- 2 tbsp milk
- dash of salt
- 10 oz. chocolate candy melts
- Place a large skillet over medium high heat then add the coconut to the pan. Stir constantly for 5 to 7 minutes or until the coconut turns a golden brown color. Remove from pan and let cool.
- Bring a small pot, filled with an inch or two of water to a boil. Place the caramels, milk and salt in a metal or glass bowl and rest the bowl in top of the pot, so it's not touching the water. Stir until the caramels become smooth and melted. Stir in the toasted coconut (reserving ¼ cup for later) and mix to thoroughly combine. The mixture will be really thick.
- Pour this out onto a wax paper lined baking dish and spread into an even layer. Let cool for several minutes until it's cool enough to handle. Roll the caramel mixture into small, teaspoon size balls.
- Melt half of the chocolate candy melts according to the package instructions. Dip each ball in the chocolate and tap off any excess chocolate. Lay on a wax paper lined baking sheet to dry.
- Once all the caramel balls are dipped, heat the remaining chocolate and dip the balls again. This time sprinkle the reserved coconut on top before the chocolate dries. Let dry and enjoy!If you are not a fan of coconut, you might consider cocoa powder