Sunday, December 6, 2009

Chocolate Almond Joy to the World

Loosely based on the classic candy favorite , these rich chocolate gems with coconut and almond will thrill you just the same. Perfect for any holiday celebration table, family and friends will be overjoyed. With a festive wintry look and less than 5 grams net carbohydrates in each piece you'll be happy to not only serve them but to partake in eating them as well. I used unsweetened dark cocoa powder and Smokehouse salted almonds for a big flavor punch but you can use whatever you prefer to your tastes. I hope you enjoy.

Chocolate Almond Joy to the World


4 ounces unsweetened bakers chocolate (4 squares)
1 1/2 cups Splenda
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups + 3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
48 + 36 whole almonds, lightly crush the 48 and reserve the rest whole

Finely chop the unsweetened bakers chocolate and place in a medium bowl with the Splenda. Heat cream in a small sauce pan on low. Whisk in the cocoa powder when it begins to bubble. Pour over the chopped chocolate and Splenda. Stir to melt the chopped chocolate and blend all the ingredients well. Stir in the vanilla extract. Fold in 1 1/2 cups of shredded coconut and the crushed almonds. Cover and refrigerate overnight to solidify.

The next day roll out 36 balls by the tablespoonful in the palm of your hand. Place them on a wax paper lined sheet pan so they do not stick. When they are all rolled out begin rolling one side in the remaining coconut and place a whole almond in the center and gently press down to slightly flatten candy. Repeat process for all. Refrigerate for about 1 to 2 more hours to chill thoroughly.
Nutrition Facts
36 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 96.9
Total Fat 8.8 g
Saturated Fat 5.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.6 g
Cholesterol 13.6 mg
Sodium 20.5 mg
Potassium 82.6 mg
Total Carbohydrate 6.2 g
Dietary Fiber 1.3 g
Sugars 0.2 g
Protein 1.5 g


  1. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  2. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.