Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Homemade Almond Joy Cups

Yup I just went there. I love coconut and chocolate and well I have a weakness for Almond Joys so when I stumbled across this recipe months ago I pinned it with high hopes of making some Almond Joys. Well that time came Sunday evening. They may not look pretty, but they taste pretty darn good. Plus you can't feel too bad eating them because you know exactly what's in them. They would make a thoughtful gift as well -- I'm thinking a mason jar, with these little guys and a sweet note tied to it. Enjoy!

Almond Joy Cups

3/4 cup dried flaked coconut (unsweetened, if you can find it. If not, use the regular shredded coconut. I used the regular shredded in the picture—that’s why it’s so white.)
3-4 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 bag of milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup toasted almonds

Mix the coconut with the condensed milk and the vanilla in the food processor (for best results), or by hand. It should be thick and sticky. Add more milk or coconut as necessary, to achieve Almond Joy center consistency.

Line a mini muffin tin with about ten to twelve paper liners. Melt about half of the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl, in 30 second intervals, stirring well after each. Pour about a teaspoon of melted chocolate into the bottom of each liner. Shake the tray back and forth to distribute the chocolate. Put in about a teaspoon and a half of the coconut mixture into each, and top with an almond. Pour chocolate over the top of each. Shake the tray to distribute the chocolate evenly. Melt more chocolate as necessary. Refrigerate until chocolate is set.