Wow, can you believe that Mother’s Day is almost here? What to give as a gift for that very special person is the question. How about giving her a box of homemade candy? Do you like that idea? Well, if you do, here is something I’ve put together along with a recipe for that very purpose.
First let me share a recipe with you. After that, I’ll share how I created a fun box of candies to give as a gift.
Homemade Candy For Mom
Chocolate Covered Coconut Candies
- 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk (1/2 of a 14 ounce can)
- 1 teaspoon coconut extract
- Pinch of salt
- 2 1/4 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 14 ounces sweetened shredded coconut
- Ghiradelli Dark coating chocolate around 16oz.
Combine condensed milk, coconut extract, and salt in a bowl. Add the confectioner’s sugar 1/2 cup at a time and stir until all the sugar is completely combined. Mix in the coconut until incorporated. Knead the mixture with your hands as needed to form a stiff dough. With a teaspoon as a measure, take and form a portion of the coconut mixture into a small log-like shape and place the formed centers on one of the prepared sheet pans. Chill coconut centers in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until firm.
Following the instructions on the package, melt the coating chocolate. With a fork, dip the coconut log into the chocolate, covering them completely. Tap the fork on the pan edge to remove excess chocolate from the coconut logs, and then set them gently on the remaining prepared sheet pan. Refrigerate candy for about 30 minutes or until the chocolate has set. Once the candy is set, place each piece in a small candy or mini cupcake wrapper and pack them in a decorative box for gifting or store the candies in an airtight container. They will last just over a week in the refrigerator if they haven’t been eaten before then. 🙂
Notes: You may use other types of chocolate to coat, but they aren’t pre-tempered thus won’t form a hard coat which melts very quickly in your hand. Always use the freshest package of coconut for the best texture and flavor. You can use regular vanilla if you like or an almond extract. If you desire, you can press a roasted almond on the top of the coconut log prior to refrigerating and dipping in chocolate for an almond joy type candy. I didn’t add almonds myself because of any nut allergies that may exist.
These coconut candies are divine if I don’t say so myself. It’s been hard keeping them from marauding hands to ensure I have enough to make my boxes of candies.
Once the coconut candies are ready, I also make some of my other offerings and add them to the box. Those are my Pretzel Pecan Candy Treats, Homemade Almond Clusters, Easy Fudge, Chocolate Covered Homemade Marshmallows, Easy Dark Chocolate Truffle, Shoestring Potato Candies.
When you have all your candies ready, package them in a pretty box along with bits and bows from the dollar store, add a homemade card and you’re all set. Heck, you’ll have enough of these candies to make a few boxes to give to your neighbors and friends as gifts. Whoever gets one of these delights will love you for it, I guarantee.
Time to eat…