Easy Homemade Chocolate Candy – with Healthy Coconut Oil!

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Well you had to know, considering my nasty sweet tooth, that the first recipe I would try from Real Food Wednesday would be the coconut chocolate candy that a few of you told us about. The topic was “Healthy Coconut Recipes” – I pulled together all of the different chocolate candy recipes and made mine like this:

Easy Homemade Chocolate Candy – with Healthy Coconut Oil

  • 1/2 c. coconut oil
  • 1/2 c. real maple syrup (use less to make them healthier, but they tasted too dark for me without more maple syrup!)
  • 1/2 c. organic cocoa powder
  • 1 t. organic vanilla
  • 1/2 t. sea salt

Melt together gently in a saucepan over low-ish heat until it’s all mixed together. I kept it super easy and instead of using molds or ice cube trays, I just put some parchment paper on a couple cookie sheets and dropped quarter-sized candies onto that. (Makes about 7 dozen.) I put them in the freezer for a while before transferring them to either my mouth, the kids’ mouths (have you seen “Finding Nemo”? “Mine mine mine mine mine”), or the little that was left went into freezer baggies until I need them for bribes I need an almost-healthy treat to give the kids.

They came out very smooth and yummy. Kent, the day care kids, and 3 of our 4 kids loved them. Our 9 year old just didn’t care for the coconut flavor, which is very noticeable.

By the way, I just realized that this recipe is probably closest to Mtn.Mamaof4’s recipe for fudge. I wanted to give her the credit for it. Although I did pull a little from all the chocolate recipes many of you shared on Wednesday – thank you! (By the way, everyone had good variations to try with it, too – I’d like to try Mtn.Mama’s suggestion for making peppermint flavored chocolate.)

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  1. Katrinad says

    Yum!! You guys are going to be the death of me! Death by GOOD nourishing chocolate?! WHAT?! ;)

    We used Mt Mama’s fudge recipe yesterday and poured it over popcorn. Can we just say, “OH MY GOODNESS SAKES ALIVE” My girls and I ate like it was going out of style!

  2. Rebecca in Michigan says

    I made the fudge and 5 out of the 7 really liked the fudge. There was a small after taste that two of the boys didn’t like. I put them in the freezer and everyone enjoyed the hardness vs. the softness of the fudge.

  3. says

    I scored a jar of Organic Virgin Coconut oil yesterday @ the grocery store. I had even bookedmarked those candies for in the future when I had some Coconut oil. Now my kids are going to flip.

    I think I’ll make them tomorrow when 1/2 my family is gone.

  4. IssacsWife says

    If you add roasted coconut too this, you will have it made.

    pop the coconut in the oven – couples of minutes till it has a touch of brown on it.

    It is heaven to add to recipes like this.

  5. says

    I whipped up some of this last night. Soooo tasty!

    I poured the mixture into my new alphabet-shaped ice cube trays. That really didn’t work so much. I had to melt the chocolate out and then repour it in globs on wax paper. Still tasty, though. Maybe I should have greased the trays?

  6. Kelly says

    Hi Jessie,

    Hmmmm, I don’t think they should’ve needed more grease than the coconut oil…? Mine didn’t freeze rock hard, so maybe use those fun ABC ice cube trays for something else and drop the candy onto parchment paper like I did mine. Then they peel off easily.

    Kelly

  7. Susannah says

    These chocolates sound soooo good! Chocolate is my weakness so I’m always looking for healthier recipes! I recently started using coconut oil and coconut milk (I have never liked coconut) and realized that it’s just the shredded coconut that I don’t like. Thank goodness! These sound too good not to try at least once.

  8. Katrinad says

    Susannah–good does not BEGIN to describe the awesomeness of these things….

    Ok, another new LOVE in my life–equal amounts of coconut oil and natural pb—yowzas…..I just MIGHT get fat on this kind of fat. ;)

  9. says

    Oh my. These were so good. I doled out two per person, but snuck back into the kitchen after everyone was in bed and had two more. I’m tellin’ ya, you’re gonna put Hershey’s out of business with this recipe (at least in MY house!)

  10. Kelly says

    Glad you guys are enjoying these, but remember it’s not my recipe – I got it from the bloggers at our coconut carnival! :)

  11. says

    OMG – I made a small amount of these the other day and licked the spoon – then I cleaned out the pan. They never made it onto waxed paper. I need to try them again but I’m afraid. It was so ridiculously good I couldn’t stop!

    Annette

  12. says

    Hello — I was doing some research and came across your terrific blog. This recipe sounds amazing, and I want to try it but I have a question — how do you combine it all? Melt the coconut oil, heat it somehow? Or am I missing something? I’m an excellent cook, but not much of a candy-maker! Thanks and shine on, Bernadette

  13. Kelly says

    Hi Bernadette, yes, I just melt it gently in a saucepan, and add the other ingredients right in there to avoid extra dishes!
    Thanks for finding my site. :)

  14. Jeff says

    Looks great, but where’s the recipe? I see a list of ingredients, but no steps. Is there any heating/cooking involved, or do the ingredients go straight to the freezer? Thanks.

  15. Kelly says

    Hi Jeff, sorry, I just added the directions in the post.

    Just gently melt it all together until it’s mixed well, then drop onto the parchment paper. Hope you like them!

    Kelly

  16. Kelly says

    Hi Ellen,

    Yes, I’m sure it would work, but…

    -It wouldn’t have the health benefits you get from coconut
    and
    -I don’t know which one you’d substitute with…maybe melted butter? Not vegetable oil for sure!

  17. says

    Ok, I made these yesterday…delicious, but they didn’t ever harden. They firmed up a *bit* but I still needed to scrape them off the parchment (and eat them) with a spoon. Any thoughts? I don’t need to actually boil the mixture, do I?!

    Mindy

  18. Kelly says

    Hi Mindy, it’s been a while since I’ve made them, but as soon as they were done, I froze them, so that helped, but yes, I think they were still kind of soft…

  19. says

    I just tried the recipe that called for 1/4 C coconut oil, 1/2 C cocoa, 1 tsp vanilla, and 2-3 TBSP honey- and they’re so good! I poured 1/3 into molds, and made almond bark (and chocolate discs) with the rest. Even my husband likes them, except for the aftertaste which is probably due to our super dark (and therefore bitter) unsweetened cocoa.

    I like the idea of sea salt, so I think I’ll try this version next time. :-) (and yes, I really am reading through your whole site- back to front except when I find links that I can’t resist)

    • KitchenKop says

      Wow, seriously? Then you’ve already seen how really BAD some of my early posts are! I still can’t write well, but back then…some of those posts are just painful. If you ever find anything that really drives you nuts, please email me and I’ll go fix it!

      • says

        *lol* Actually, you’re very good at social blogging. You just need a little SEO help. :-)

        If you want me to, I can start keeping track of broken links, though! I’ve come across a lot of those- some of them I can find what you were linking to with a little work, but not all of them.

        • KitchenKop says

          I would so appreciate that!!!!!!!!!!! And my SEO has gotten a lot better with more recent posts, too, in the early days I didn’t even use tags! But I’ll take any SEO advice you’ve got, girl. :) FYI: I have NO problem taking advice and constructive criticism, I actually am very thankful, so never hold back if you see something I should fix or a way I could do something better.
          Thanks so much!!!
          Kel

  20. FarmSchooler says

    I put raw unsalted peanuts in my VitaMix and then add the coconut oil, cocoa, sea salt & vanilla….and blend the dickens out of it. It comes out pastier and I stir in all manner of other chopped nuts and dried fruits before letting it set up in the fridge…coated like haystacks. You could use any other nut butter too I imagine, though walnuts might be to oily. I like the nutbutter addition though…seems to give it more substance IMO.

  21. Dr Deb says

    CHOCOLATE AS A PROBIOTIC PROTECTOR

    Supposedly chocolate (including cocoa) helps probiotics survive the trip to where they’re needed in the alimentary tract better than enteric-coated supplements. So, once the basic cocoa/coconut oil concoction has cooled, you could add your own capsules of probiotics and/or brewers’ yeast for an Attune-brand type candy, along with various combinations of shredded unsweetend coconut, nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. Attune-brand probiotic chocolate is tasty but it’s really hard to find, and it must stay cool or the probiotics will get damaged. My husband ate Attune candy after major abdominal surgery (with several day’s worth of antibiotics and colon-slowing painkillers) and returned to normal within a few weeks, which we attribute to the replacement of the good microflora.

  22. Diane says

    ok… is mine the only one that came out runny ? the bottom is soaked and bledding maple syrup ? help !!!!

    • KitchenKop says

      Hmmmm, only can think that maybe you didn’t heat it long enough (?) or maybe it wasn’t frozen long enough??

      Kelly

  23. Amanda Y says

    Would kinda like to make this a little more milk chocolate style because sometimes you want more sweet than dark chocolate, ya know? but would still like to control the ingredients…

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