Almond Chocolate Balls

Total Time:
3 hr 37 min
Prep:
30 min
Inactive:
3 hr
Cook:
7 min

Yield:
75 to 100 balls
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 (16-ounce) boxes confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1 (14-ounce) package shredded coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped nuts
  • 1 (12-ounce) package chocolate chips
Directions

Cream together sugar and butter in a bowl; add milk. Stir in almond extract, coconut, and nuts; mix well. Form candy into 1-inch balls. Place on waxed paper and refrigerate at least 3 hours. Melt chocolate in top of double boiler, stirring well. Remove from heat but allow chocolate to remain over hot water. (If chocolate becomes too thick, return to heat for a minute or so to thin). With a toothpick, dip each ball in chocolate and place on waxed paper until set.


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I made these for a valentines day treat for my husbands co-workers. I of course did the taste test, and they are pretty good. I cut this recipe in half , and out of that, I made half with nuts and half without. The one ingredient I didn't cut in half was the nuts. I'll find out tomorrow what everyone thinks of these little sweet treats. I didn't have a problem forming the balls. I scooped them with a regular tsp, and rolled them in the palm of my hands to form the ball; I immediately put them in the fridge for about 3 1/2 - 4 hours to firm up. I used Ghirardelli baking chocolate - semi sweet. I didn't think these were too sweet. however, I cut the everything in half, so I am sure that helped a bit. I believe this made about 24 one and a half inch balls. I would recommend these to anyone who wants to make a tasty, attractive dessert! Happy Cooking :O) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree that this recipe COULD be too sweet using sweetened coconut. I use unsweetened coconut, only available in my organic section. These are always a huge hit with everyone I make them for. We make client "treat" trays every year for our business and these always get oooohs and aaaahs. I toast blanched almonds, a nice slightly nutty addition. But with sweetened coconut, I agree these could be TOO much. I do use melting chocolate made for candy-making and have great success with it. The stuff I buy isn't cheapo and tastes like some of the best chocolate I've ever had! Also, I use the smallest cookie scoop available, I make them very small because they are so rich. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula is over the top with many of her recipes in regards to fat and sugar and this is another. Too sweet. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe. It was great and it was not time consuming. There was no need to using measuring cups or spoons. All you needed was a can opener a nice large bowl and your hands to mix up the candy mixture. I used latex Gloves. And Yes they do come out nice and pretty. Hey Paula I have been cooking since I was seven and I was trained in the Air Force and Army Cooking school. http://jeannettestakeonlife.blogspot.com/2010/11/5-star-recipe-by-paula-deen.html So I hope I made you proud of what I made. Love Jeannette. I love watching your show. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this recipe, tho I did have trouble with it. Not enough butter, or too much powdered sugar. I couldn't get it to mix together without adding a little (couple TBSP melted butter. Also, it made way too many balls to be coated by a 12 oz. bag of chocolate chips, so I also melted some candy coating (a very good, expensive kind and used that. However, the result is what I call "OMG Good!" Not too many recipes rate this from me! My daughter thinks they taste just like the famous almond/coconut candy bar. She came in from St. Louis and when she tried one, she just moaned the whole time! Too funny! So good! Definitely a 5 with the alterations! item not reviewed by moderator and published
One person suggested using the melting chocolate designed for making candies, but have you ever tried that stuff? It tastes cheap and doesn't really have a good chocolatey taste. If you still aren't sure about the paraffin called for in the recipe, you can use less of it and it will still set and give the finished candy a shiny look. Great recipe, Paula! Keep them coming! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love Paula's cheese fudge recipes which are the easiest and tastiest ever but this had to be tweaked a little bit. I added some more butter to make it not as dry and didn't use nuts but I also spread out about 1/4 of it in a brownie pan and after it chilled I put a layer of melted chocolate on it-DELICIOUS. The ones I made balls out of I just spooned about 1/2 tsp of the choc. on each. This is almost too sweet but good in moderation. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I cut the recipe in half and put in half the sugar and milk and it was just to dry to roll into balls, so i added the rest of the milk and there in the fridge now sitting for 3 hours. I don't know how they will be??????? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Why do you call for Parifin wax for the recipe on TV but when you print it off on the computer there is nowhere calling for the wax. Which is correct. I had the same think happen with the recipe for Pecan Pralines....on TV you said 1/2 Cup of heavy cream...when I printed off the recipe it states 4 T....there is no consistency in either of these recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best I've ever had. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This treat is delicious! I ended up grinding down some more almonds and sprinkled them on top for decoration. The ingredients don't tell you to use prefarin but Paula said to on the show. I used half a block and it did wonders!!! Also...while blending everything together DON'T use a beater...it WILL break!! Fingers are your friends. When rolling it into balls...try washing your hands after every few..it makes it easier so the balls don't stick to your hands. Hope this helped!! P.s....use a little less Almond extract...it's a little overwhelmingly strong...Maybe I put too much...not sure.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just a comment for the person who tried to half this recipe. The recipe calls for 2- 16 oz boxes of powdered sugar, so you should have used 1 16 oz. box. Try that next time and I think you'll find the consistency just right. I also think that most of us who enjoy Paula Deans recipes are not so health conscious that we're worried about a little parafin wax! LOL item not reviewed by moderator and published
i idd the same thing as the recipe called for i did 8 ounces of powdered sugar nd 7 ounces of the condensed milk plus the fourht of the butter but it didnt firm up it stayed in the middle im not sure on wat to do please help item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is such a tasty candy my grandma makes them almost every christmas, but try this make the candy as it says to and before you mix everything together add some diced cherry's ITS APSOLUTEY DELICIOUS!!!! LET ME KNOW IF YOU LIKED IT! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These turned out great. My best advice though is to use an electric mixer, like a kitchenaid, and after you add the sweetened condensed milk, switch to a dough hook to add the almonds and coconut. You won't get a dry ball if you do it this way! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I halved the almond extract and still thought they tasted too strong. Also, the consistency was very dry, not chewy like the coconut almond candy bar they are supposed to taste like. I did add toasted coconut to the top and that was very pretty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Please don't use the wax, it is not good for you. Go to a local cake decorating store and buy the chocolate coating. It is made for dipping and coating candy without the wax. If to thick just add a small amount of shortening to thin. Pat MIchigan item not reviewed by moderator and published
On Paula's show, she added a half block of parafin wax to the chocolate chips when she melted them in a bowl over boiling water. She said it was to help the chocolate harden and have a nice shine. These are a really simple and tasty treat! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My daughter entered this candy in our county fair and won the rosette, enabling her to sell them in the Rosette Auction. She got $1150.00 for them!! She needed 24 oz. of chocolate chips instead of the 12 oz. the recipe called for and we added a block of paraffin to the chocolate to make the chocolate thinner, smoother and easier for dipping. She then encrusted the top of each ball in chopped almonds. They were beautiful and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy, but a little too sweet. The almond extract was a little too powerful, so next time I will use less. The recipe makes a very large quantity, so I recommend making it for larger groups. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these for a Christmas potluck at work... HUGE hit. When I made the balls, I put them in the freezer for about 15 minutes and they were ready for dipping. They tasted better the next day after setting up. Many co-workers asked for the recipe. Thank you, Paula!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were great my mom loved them & so did I. Next time I will have to make them for a larger crowd (I only seved 6 people) because I couldn't stop eating them myself! A great treat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was so easy to make and perfect for the holidays, too. I put these out at a party and gave them as party favors to take home, too. My only recommendation? Make a double batch! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved the taste of this recipe. I found that when you form the balls, if you wet a paper towel and keep you palms wet the balls form much easier. I had a problem with the chocolate coating and ended up painting the chocolate on rather than dipping. The tasted great! Mine looked a little frumpy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i love paula to death she is a sweet lady and always makes thing so simple even i can make these thank you paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Recipe for Almond Chocolate Balls review on 11-02-2007 (Paula's Home Cooking) When I pulled up the recipe on my computer going to the Food Network site and began look over the ingredients I noticed that on her show she used Paraffin with the chocolate. I don't see this ingredient listed on the recipe. Thank you, Haleigh from London, KY item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved your receipe but I need to see a picture. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Mine were very sweet. Do we use sweetened or unsweetened coconut? I ran out of chocolate and wish I had read the comments before I made the candy. Anyway, after a lot of work and a couple bags of chocolate, the candy did taste good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh my goodness. I make these at Christmas time, and add them to gift baskets. People just love them!! Especially women, I must say. This year I ran out before I could give them to 3 friends and they were very disappointed! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yeah, this recipe totally blew up my egg-beater... literally, after a loud "POP!" the thing went up in FLAMES. I don't know what y'all's response would be, but I sure was not going to be eating something that sets egg-beaters on FIRE. To be honest, I'm ashamed I even considered it. And so should you be! I mean really! Two boxes of powdered sugar whose binding agent is a stick of butter and a can of condensed SWEETENED milk??? Shame on you! Love Lucy and Brian from LA (that's Lower Alabama, y'all.) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I added a whole almond in the middle of my almond joy balls. To contain the sweetness, I mixed milk and dark chocolate and reduced the wax, as I thought the wax gave the candy an odd taste! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved this, I am adding to my Christmas goody list! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great recipe,but 1 inch rolled balls were to large. I made 1/2 in. instead. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I took the advice of other reviewers and used my hands to mix the dough once it became mostly solidified from the electric mixer. Suggest putting the bowl in your sink as the powdered sugar will likely displace when creaming with the butter. Felt that the chocolate was an excellent accompaniment to the candy; however, I enjoyed them rolled in unsweetened cocoa powder. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were simply fabulous! Very easy to make. I could eat the filling by itself! I made half the recipe because it makes so many and it turned out great. Everyone loved these and I will definitely be making them again! Thanks for another great recipe Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious. They didn't even last two days. The whole family was crazy about them... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't make candy very often...but these were fun to make and they taste great. Prefect for the holidays item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found these very easy to make and everyone loved them. I made half of them with the chocolate coating and with the other half I left out the nuts and rolled the balls in plain cinnamon. They were a lot like a candy I remember called Irish potatoes. DELICIOUS!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Would like to taste more of the coconut---think I will cut the powdered sugar next time. Will also be using vanilla instead of the almond extract. Used slivered almonds---adding a nice touch. Also like the idea someone had regarding drizzling the choc. over the top of the coco-balls. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for my dad - who is a crazy "nut and chocolate" fan. Gonna make these as Xmas Gifts. Go Paula! You helped me hit home with this one. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Entered this into a cooking contest at work and won (of course). Everyone thought they tasted like Almond Joys, and no one thought they were too sweet, although I did. (One comment was, Oh, My God, hurt me, hurt me!!) I put an almond on top and then drizzled chocolate lines over the top. Very pretty. I used Nestle's dark chocolate, instead of the semi sweet. I'm finishing the rest and freezing for Thanksgiving. This is so impressive, easy, and delicious. One caution, when melting chocolate, make sure not one drop of water gets in it, or steam. The chocolate will "seize" (become a thick mess) and is unusable. Easiest is to put vegetable oil or shortening in the bottom of a microwavable bowl (I put 2 tbl.)and miked it for 1 minute, stirring good until melted. Came out perfect. Also get extra chocolate - one package not enough. Oh, also I was in a real hurry and put the rolled balls in the freezer for 30 minutes, then dipped in chocolate. I also did not refrigerate 3 hours. Had no problem rolling them into balls after dough was mixed. Happy baking, and thanks, Paula girl. You rock!. item not reviewed by moderator and published
In my opinion, these were a pain in the butt to make but they were well worth it -- AWSOME!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I also omitted the wax, I add some vegetable oil to the chocolate to thin it and keep it shiny. Also to speed things along and conserve chocolate, I put the melted chocolate in a shallow dish and just dip the bottom of the coconut balls and top with a blanched almond. As long as they are in an airtight container, they won't dry out and you can see what the filling is. I give these out at Christmas. item not reviewed by moderator and published
man these are so good... kids love them item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy, fancy. I like to make small balls because they are very sweet. Also, dark chocolate gives it a nice flavor combined with the sweet coconut. Thank you. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A wonderful addition to my candy file. This recipe reminds me of my chocolate covered cherry recipe ~ same basic idea. DO NOT try to mix the sugar mixture with your electric mixer. If you watched the episode, you will remember that Paula mixed the ingredients with her hands ~ messy but effective. Done correctly, this is a fun, easy, and delicious recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are soooo good Paula. You're recipes are the best! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are soooo good. they are like the best fresh bon bon you have ever put in your mouth. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i've been looking for a recipe like this for a long time and i finally found it and it is good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing candy recipe. They look--and taste--like the finest candy you can buy. If you like coconut, this is for you! It makes LOTS! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these at Christmas for friends and they were a BIG hit. Everyone thought they were storebought! Thanks Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was really excited to make these for my boyfriend for Valentine's Day because we both love Almond Joy's the candy bar. They were absolutely awful!! They were so sweet that they felt like they were burning your throat and the recipe calls for way to much almond extract! Trust me a little goes a LONG way! I will not make these again, but my advice would be to anyone who is thinking about making them: Leave out the almond extract, there is plenty of flavor with the coconut and almond nuts by themself. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this recipe is messy to make but if you like chocolate or coconut it is definately worth any mess. the end results are pure heaven. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tastes soo good, but be prepared for an arm workout while you stir!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
They really do taste like Almond Joy candy bars. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this to me they are more tasty than almond joy balls and they have chopped nuts instead of whole nuts. Easy too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is the greatest! It takes minimal work for outstanding candy! I make this for all occasions...parties, gifts, just to snack on. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Recipe was delicious but a lot more time consuming than imagined. Also, the batch I made produced about 150 candies, so you might want to cut the recipe in half. Not sure if I'll make again ONLY because of the work involved. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love it so much I cant have just one. item not reviewed by moderator and published
using them for gifts for the girls in my daughters carpool to school item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula is one of my favorite chefs on food tv. Her recipes are always tasteful and a delight to prepare. She reminds me of my mother in law who cooks all of those delicious southern dishes. I truely love it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It took me a lot longer than the recipe said it would to make these. They are really good but almost too sweet for my taste, I should have made them smaller than the recommended 1 inch. This recipe makes much more than enough for one family and would make a great gift for Christmas time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made a batch of these to try them out when I saw Paula's show. They are wonderful! But they made to much for just my husband and I. I made the of the dough into balls and froze them. Now whenever we have company I just have to pull the balls out and dip them in chocolate for a treat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
sooo easy and sooo good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i made this for my family and it was a big hit. ladies where my wife works just love it and they asked how to make it. i thought the cookie balls where great and taste. great with milk, or with hot chai. item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you want to try this, substitute either rum extract, or the real thing, for the almond extract. My mom use to make these and send them to me when I was overseas in the late 60's, and they never failed to get attention in the barracks. I make them occasionally in her memory. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I needed more than a bag of chocolate chips, but these taste great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these as a housewarming treat for my grown kids who just moved into a new apartment together. They love them! A little messy to work with, but that's half the fun. I found a mini-scoop was helpful to shape the candies and maintain a uniform size. When the recipe aired Paula added parafin to the chocolate, this wasn't listed in the ingredients. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i made these for a surprise bday party, everyone thought it was catered! after making the balls i took a fork and used some of the leftover chocolate to drip back and forth along the tops, looked like they came from a shop! and everyone loved them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was super easy. If I had known I could win a instant popularity contest by making these I would have done so a long time ago. :0) My friends loved this recipe and all wanted a copy. Thanks Paula, you're great! Susan Calderon Windsong Ranch Gilmer, Texas item not reviewed by moderator and published
these are simply sensational. they are a sure hit for all ages at a dinner party or just making some for the family. thank you for introducing these to me paula. i love your show. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was real easy, but it was time consuming. It tasted great and made about 120 balls. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula.....this receipe is AWESOME. If you love Almond Joy Candy Bars, you will love this receipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The entire family loves these when I made them for Christmas. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I decided to omit the almond extract, and the finished product is exactly like an Almond Joy...my boyfriend who adores the candy has said that they are even better, but should have a whole almond in the center. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I also had the question of, what chocolate? I used a bag of choc. chips with a Tbl.sp.shortening, works fine.The almond flavor yummy, why change it, they are almond balls. And too sweet? No,It's candy! This recipe does make alot, I will half it next time.These will be a holiday favorite, very, very GOOD! Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Unfortunately, something was left out of the printed recipe that Paula shared with everyone watching this show. You are to add 1/2 stick parafin in with the chocolate and heat both over a double boiler to melt. That is the secret of the chocolate covering over these tasty tidbits. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make a recipe similar to this, but instead of putting nuts in the mix, I roll them in chopped pecans after dipping in chocolate. Try coconut or a half pecan on top. item not reviewed by moderator and published
If it hails in heaven, it hails almond chocolate balls! I love them! Paula, this is a winner. Next time I make them, I'll make them a little smaller so I can pop'em into my mouth. They do kind of melt in my fingers unless I stuff the whole thing in at once. That's not necessarily a problem. Someone reviewed that these were too sweet for them. They are extremely sweet, but I guess I have a generous sweet tooth. I'll be looking for more candy treats on Paula's Home Cooking. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these for some Christmas parties and as Christmas gifts, and they were a huge hit with everyone! I'd recommend rolling them into smaller balls (1/2 inch instead of 1 inch), because they come out huge when you coat them with the chocolate. And the recipe makes a whole bunch, so you may want to halve it if you just want enough for your family. They're very rich, and great for any coconut-lovers out there! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wondering how these would taste with a little Meyers's Rum or Bourbon added to it? item not reviewed by moderator and published
The Almond Chocolate Balls were the easist I've made and I got alot of compliments on them at Christmas time. I will make them again when I need a special treat! item not reviewed by moderator and published
When I make these I could not believe how easy it was to make. Everybody thought they were terrific. Thanks Paula for a great recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are wonderful if you know a few tips first. First know that it is a mess. Use a big bowl to mix the balls up. (yes, you do need that much powdered sugar). And you will need to get in and mix with your hands too. Second, I used 1/2 vanilla extract and 1/2 almond extract. Third... you need to add a tablespoon of shortening to each package of choc chips or the chocolate will never be thin enough to dip. (I also needed more than one bag of chips). Fourth, melt the chocolate over very low heat and stir gently. It will take at least 30 minutes or more. Fifth, if you freeze the balls in the freezer for about 30 minutes before you dip them they will be much easier to dip and won't fall apart. They still need the initial refridgeration too. Finally, I left the nuts out of the mix and just sprinkled some chopped almonds on top of the balls right after dipping them in choc. (Made them look professional and it helped cover up goofs with the chocolate too). Good luck.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Can not believe anyone had any difficulity with this recipe. I made it when I was with my daughter in Tenn. everyone loved it. I will include it in my special recipies. Thank you Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made these last night and they are wonderful. Everyone in my family enjoyed them. These would also make great christmas gifts. One note. I first tried using just the melted chocolate chips and the chocolate was a little too thick and slow going to dip, but on the second round i added 1/3 bar or parrafin to the chocolate and the dipping was so much easier and there was no sacrifice in the taste! I will definately be making these again!!! Thanks Paula!! You are absolutely fabulous!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these and took them to work. Everyone raved about them. Other than being hard to mix (got a bad hand), they were very easy to make. Several people asked for the recipe. Thanks Paula--you're a hoot! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used vanilla extract in place of the almond and they were delicious! I will without a doubt be using this recipe again and again. Thanks for another wonderful recipe, Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just finished making these and they are to die for! Instead of adding chopped nuts to the filling, I put an almond on top of each piece of candy (at least on top of half of them - the others I left plain) and dipped them in chocolate. I know what my friends are getting for Christmas! Thanks, Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It sounds good item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had to go to the store twice because the 'chocolate' listed in the instructions is not in the ingredient list. Just a heads up. READ the whole thing before shopping! Otherwise it was great, a little messy and hard to clean up after but they were a hit to everyone who tried them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Well, the recipe looks similar to one I use for peanut butter, however, yours does not list how much or what kind of chocolate to use. This would be rather helpful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Please put the amount of chocolate and what kind....semi? bitter? I watched the show, and they are SO simple, I am sure they will be wonderful. I think I remember it is just a package (12 oz?) of chocolate chips...but not sure. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Dipping in dark chocolate also cuts down on sweetness. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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