Earlier this week I received a message that was sent to local bloggers of Will Bake for Food, a food blogger bake sale I have participated in the last couple of years. They were requesting desserts made from the heart for attendees to bid on at the 35th annual auction benefiting the Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle. So I was proud to send this sweet Valentine to their very special guests who are helping to put food on the tables of our local hungry families.
I usually make these at Christmas, but I think they make a fantastic Valentine’s gift. Coconut and dark chocolate are my favorite confection combination (right behind caramel and dark chocolate – especially if it has Sea salt on it! Oh my!) so these are definitely made from the heart. Do you have a special someone you can share these with?
“Mounds” O’ Love
- 14 oz. Bag – coconut
- 2 lb. Confectioner’s sugar
- 14 oz. Can sweetened condensed milk
- 1-1/2 cups butter- softened
- 20 oz. Dark chocolate
Place all ingredients except the chocolate in a large bowl and mix by hand.
Put bowl in refrigerator to chill for a couple of hours. This makes it easier to mold the candies.
Mold about two tablespoon at a time with your hands into mound shaped (I made these my heart-shaped ones for Valentine’s Day with a small heart cookie cutter.) Lay on parchment paper covered trays and then place coconut shapes back in the freezer or the fridge to chill and set up for about another hour or two.
Melt chocolate on a double boiler. Dip each candy separately in the melted chocolate – being sure to completely cover it. Place each chocolate covered mound on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and place back in fridge (or freezer) to set up once again. Then carefully remove the confections from the sheets, trimming the edges, and place each treat in a cupcake holder, separating layers with wax paper. Store in fridge and serve cold.
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