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Healthier “Mounds” Chocolate Coconut Candies

Mounds and Almond Joy used to be two of my favorite candies….that is until I read the ingredients one day: “CORN SYRUP; SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE ( CHOCOLATE; SUGAR; COCOA; MILK FAT; COCOA BUTTER; SOY LECITHIN; PGPR, EMULSIFIER) ; COCONUT; SUGAR; SALT; NATURAL & ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR; HYDROLYZED MILK PROTEIN; SODIUM METABISULFITE, TO MAINTAIN FRESHNESS; SULFUR DIOXIDE, TO MAINTAIN FRESHNESS; CARAMEL COLOR; MILK”. ………YIKES!

Since one of my rules is not to eat anything I can’t pronounce, I had to say goodbye to the sodium metabisulfite (what?) and come up with a healthier version.  Now I’ll admit, while I have eliminated most refined sugar from my diet, there is one case where I have not…and that’s a good organic dark chocolate bar.  I’m learning how to use unsweetened chocolate and sweeten it myself, but until I figure out the perfect balance I will continue to use my favorite dark chocolate, Green & Black’s 85% cacao. Its ingredients are: “Organic Chocolate Liquor, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder, Organic Raw Cane Sugar, Organic Vanilla Extract, Organic Whole Milk Powder *”  Acceptable, in my book! (and delicious too!)

Healthier Chocolate Coconut Candies:

1.  Start with 1/2 unsweetened, shredded coconut. I use this brand:

2.  Add 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil and 1 Tbsp. raw honey.  Mix well, and pack tightly into a tablespoon or cookie scoop.

3.  Scoop onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze for at least a half hour.

4.  Melt chocolate using microwave instructions here.  Drizzle frozen coconut balls with chocolate.

5.  Freeze for another half hour until hardened. Enjoy!!!

Reader Feedback:  What are your favorite chocolate candies? Let me know and I will try to recreate a healthier version for you!

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