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December 17, 2013
Easy Chocolate Coconut Truffles
by Joni Hilton

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These scrumptious truffles are so easy to make it's ridiculous.  And they can have a zillion variations.  Here's what you need:

  • Very little patience (perfect, right?)

  • 1 (14 oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk

  • 3 Cups (18 oz.) chocolate chips (here's a variation already — I used dark but you can use milk chocolate or white)

  • 1 teaspoon extract (I used coconut.  Imagine if you used raspberry, peppermint, lemon, vanilla, or something else)

  • 1 Cup of something to roll them in (again, I used toasted organic coconut.  But you can use cocoa, powdered sugar, crushed nuts, sprinkles, or whatever else excites you)

You don't even need a double boiler!  Just stir the condensed milk with the chocolate in a saucepan over medium heat until smooth.  Remove from heat and stir in extract.  Cool.  Now chill until firm.  Overnight is fine.  Here's a picture of an ice cream scoop, which I had to use, since mine were a little too cold and firm.  If this happens to you, just let the mixture sit out at room temperature until it's easier to scoop. 


Now, with clean hands, roll it into one-inch balls, then into your coating.  As Your YouTube Mom, I made a video about how to toast coconut, here.  It's the same procedure for toasting nuts.  You want to toast coconut until it's just golden, not dark brown.  Mine looked like this:


Toasting coconut or nuts brings out the flavor.  But you could even skip the toasting if you want.  And you can also sprinkle them with sea salt, but I wouldn't coat them all over with it — just a pinch is plenty. Now package them up to give as gifts, or store them in a covered container at room temperature, and let the family fight over them.  Because it will happen.  Oh, it will happen.


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About Joni Hilton

Joni is an award-winning playwright, the author of 20 books, holds a master of fine arts degree in professional writing from USC, and is frequently published in major magazines. Tune in to her radio advice show at AM1380, at 9 a.m. Pacific Time, on saturday mornings.

A former TV talk show host in Los Angeles, she is also a TV spokeswoman across the U.S. for various corporations, and highly in demand as a public speaker.

Hilton writes for Music and The Spoken Word for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and is a columnist for Meridian Magazine.

Hilton's books can be found at Goodreads, CreateSpace, Amazon, Deseret Book, and at MormonAuthors. Reviews are also available at these same sites.

She is founder and former CEO of Holy Cow, an organic line of cleaning products, the winner of dozens of cooking contests, and a former model and Miss California. She is married to TV personality Bob Hilton, and they are the parents of four children.

Feel free to follow Joni at Twitter and on Facebook. Her website is at http://cookingwithjoni.blogspot.com/.

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