Frugal Food: Chocolate Coconut Bonbons

 chocolate bonbons

Over the holidays, I made some simple chocolate covered coconut bonbons to give to family and friends.  This recipe is super easy and fun to make.  My chocoholic friend says that these taste just like Mounds candy bars.  One of these days I might add an almond to some of the bonbons to make my own Almond Joys!

Ingredients: Makes 30-40 1-inch bonbons.

2 7ounce bags of sweetened coconut flakes
8 oz light corn syrup
16 oz chocolate candy coating

Other:

Wax or parchment paper
Cooking Spray to grease your hands
White chocolate chips
Toddler (Optional)

Day One:  Start by emptying the coconut flakes into a bowl or ziploc plastic bag.  If you have a toddler and are very brave, let him or her squeeze 1/2 the bottle of corn syrup into the coconut flakes.  (If you have just let your toddler do this, a very warm washcloth will clean up the mess no problem.)

Mix the coconut and syrup very well and then put it in the fridge to chill and firm overnight.  I like the ziploc bag for ease of storage in our fridge, but the bowl is easier to work with when rolling the coconut balls.

mix coconut and corn syrup well

Day Two: Break out your chocolate and melt it.  I used semi-sweet chocolate chips for the first trial and the resulting bonbons were subpar.  The chocolate coating was too soft.  This candy coating worked great.  Another option is to use baker’s chocolate and paraffin wax at a ratio of 1 oz of paraffin to 8 oz of baker’s chocolate.

candy chocolate

The candy coating could have been melted in the microwave in it’s own tray or in a saucepan on the stove over low heat.  I prefer the double boiler method to avoid burning or overheating the chocolate.  I put the chocolate in a metal bowl and set the bowl on top of a saucepan filled with 2 inches of simmering water.  Stir occassionally and don’t let the bowl touch the water directly.

melt chocolate

If you didn’t make a big enough mess yesterday, let your toddler help you coat the coconut balls today.  Strip the baby down for easy cleanup later. 

cover cococonut balls

Otherwise, take out a small spoon and dig out a scoop of coconut.  Roll it into a 1 inch ball with your oil sprayed hands.  Drop a few balls into the chocolate mixture and use two spoons to coat each ball by rolling the ball from one spoon to another.  Rolling the balls from one spoon to the other helps to keep the round shape.

use two spoons

Your first few balls will probably look like the one on the right.  This is because A) the chocolate is too hot and is melting the coconut ball and B) you just need to practice rolling the ball and dropping it onto the wax paper.  With a few more practice balls, they will start looking like the one on the left.

cool chocolate

Don’t worry too much about shape and form.  The beauty of a homemade gift is the uniqueness of every bite!  You can stop now or continue on to spruce the bonbons up a bit.

dump on wax paper

For that little something extra, I melt white chocolate chips and a few shavings of paraffin wax in the microwave.  The paraffin wax helps to smooth and thin out the chocolate, in addition to setting it up when it cools.

melt white chocolate chips and wax

Microwave the chips for 1 minute at 70% power and then stir.  Add increments of 10 seconds if needed.  If you nuke the chocolate too much it will go from velvety smooth to the crud on the left in an instant.

Spread out a couple bonbons on wax paper.  You can fill a small plastic bag with chocolate and make a small snip off the corner to squeeze out white chocolate.  You can also use your spoon to drizzle chocolate from 12 inches or so above the bonbons.  If you have a toddler in the house, chances are you will have a medicine syringe too.  I like sucking the chocolate up in the syringe and then precisely dispensing it on the bonbons.  If you use the syringe you can run hot water through it to get the chocolate out and then run it through the dishwasher in the utensil basket.

Have fun with your designs! Drizzle some lines, spin some spirals, or pipe on some decorations.  Mix them with your plain bonbons for a nice surprise.

Frugal Tip of the Day:  Making your own bonbons is a low cost way to sweeten up someone’s day.  It’s even more inexpensive if you use coupons or wait until after the holidays to stock up on supplies.  Our ingredients, if left unopened, last quite a long time in the pantry.

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4 Responses to Frugal Food: Chocolate Coconut Bonbons

  1. The Hubby says:

    Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate… With all the chocolate in the house, I was surprised I did not come home to find Oliver or Evelyn dressed up as an Oompah Loompah.

  2. Jessica Assaf says:

    you are cracking me up….i am sooo not brave enough to let leylah help me with these types of things yet. i did let her help me put butter on corn on the cob one night, but that’s as far as we have gone in the kitchen with her helping me.
    the bon bons are beautiful and i never would have thought to use a syringe to spread the white chocolate on with. that’s a GREAT idea!!! i am sure the syringe would be good for other things too! i’ll keep that in mind next time i’m getting creative in the kitchen.

    • Salee says:

      Oliver only gets to help on bath nights! lol… He got some chocolate on his foot that I forgot to clean off and it eventually smeared throughout the day. The hubby comes home and goes, “Please tell me that’s not $#*@ (poop) on his foot.” I was dying.

      The syringe worked especially good for making the swirls. I was tempted to use the nose bulb, but ewwww…

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