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ALMOND JOY-FFLES

What if an Almond Joy (one of my childhood favorites) mated with a Key Lime Pie and a Truffle and created a citrus-spiked coco-nutty chocolate enrobed truffle?
Well........this is your lucky day.! Just one (or if you are still hungry - two or three) of these luscious, no cook bites, caps off any meal with every note that is reminiscent of Key West!

 Coconut truffles enrobed in dark chocolate and topped with toasted slivered almonds

Coconut truffles enrobed in dark chocolate and topped with toasted slivered almonds

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Food processor

  • Bowl

  • Small scooper

  • 2 small bamboo skewers or wood toothpicks

 
  INGREDIENTS:   -  12 ounce bag of semi-sweet dark chocolate  -  3 cups unsweetened untoasted coconut  -  1/2 tsp salt  -  4 TB (2oz)   Lyles Golden Syrup  (or light corn, maple or date syrup)  -  6 TB Coconut Cream   -  1 tsp vanilla extract  -  1 TB key lime or lime zest (optional)  -  Slivered toasted almonds for garnish

INGREDIENTS:

- 12 ounce bag of semi-sweet dark chocolate

- 3 cups unsweetened untoasted coconut

- 1/2 tsp salt

- 4 TB (2oz) Lyles Golden Syrup (or light corn, maple or date syrup)

- 6 TB Coconut Cream

- 1 tsp vanilla extract

- 1 TB key lime or lime zest (optional)

- Slivered toasted almonds for garnish

  INSTRUCTIONS:   1.  Put coconut in your food processor and chop until very fine.  2.  Add the salt, golden syrup, coconut cream, vanilla and zest (if desired).  3.  Process until thick and pasty.  4.  Remove mixture to a bowl.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Put coconut in your food processor and chop until very fine.

2. Add the salt, golden syrup, coconut cream, vanilla and zest (if desired).

3. Process until thick and pasty.

4. Remove mixture to a bowl.

 5.  Using a small ice cream scooper, fill tightly with coconut mixture and with your hands, roll into 16 little balls and place on a cookie sheet.  6.  Refrigerate these for at least half an hour so that the coconut cream solidifies.  7.  Put chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and zap for 15 seconds, stir, and repeat several times until chocolate is melted and when whisked, is smooth.  Set aside at room temperature.

5. Using a small ice cream scooper, fill tightly with coconut mixture and with your hands, roll into 16 little balls and place on a cookie sheet.

6. Refrigerate these for at least half an hour so that the coconut cream solidifies.

7. Put chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and zap for 15 seconds, stir, and repeat several times until chocolate is melted and when whisked, is smooth. Set aside at room temperature.

 
 8.  Spear one of the coconut balls with a toothpick, and holding it over the melted chocolate, use a fork or spoon to completely enrobe the truffle.  Spin it gently to release excess chocolate and place it on a rack over a sheet pan.  You’ll need a second toothpick or bamboo skewer to help push it off onto the rack.  9.  Immediately top with a slivered almond, lime zest or sea salt, if you wish.  10. When all are coated, place the tray in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes until chocolate is firm.  You’ll need the tip of a butter knife to release the bottom of the truffle from the rack.

8. Spear one of the coconut balls with a toothpick, and holding it over the melted chocolate, use a fork or spoon to completely enrobe the truffle. Spin it gently to release excess chocolate and place it on a rack over a sheet pan. You’ll need a second toothpick or bamboo skewer to help push it off onto the rack.

9. Immediately top with a slivered almond, lime zest or sea salt, if you wish.

10. When all are coated, place the tray in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes until chocolate is firm. You’ll need the tip of a butter knife to release the bottom of the truffle from the rack.

  Here’s the plain version (a la Almond Joy), but imagine the Key Lime version with little flecks of fresh green!    Let’s take the fantasy further and make a version with orange zest!  or even some ground up toasted almonds  or mini chocolate chips INSIDE the truffle!    Enjoy making these no-bake really special treats for the coconut lovers in your life!

Here’s the plain version (a la Almond Joy), but imagine the Key Lime version with little flecks of fresh green!

Let’s take the fantasy further and make a version with orange zest! or even some ground up toasted almonds or mini chocolate chips INSIDE the truffle!

Enjoy making these no-bake really special treats for the coconut lovers in your life!