|GERMAN CHOCOLATE BON BONS
Recipe By Shirell Dalton, The Simple Chocolatier
Prep: 5 minutes Yields about 10 to 12 bon bons
German Chocolate Filling:
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon raw honey (can also use maple or light corn syrup)
2 tablespoons non-dairy milk (I used So Delicious Original Culinary Coconut Milk)
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
1 cup unsweetened raw shredded coconut, reserve 1/4 cup to use as a topping – see note below
1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped (Optional) – see recipe below
Dark Chocolate Coating:
2 cups dark chocolate chips- dairy free (I used Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels)
2 tablespoons coconut oil
In a small saucepan, combine the coconut oil, honey, heavy cream and brown sugar. Bring to a light boil and whisk over medium heat for about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla, 3/4 cups of coconut, and chopped pecans. Allow the coconut mixture to reach room temperature. Measure one tablespoonful of mixture and roll into a ball. Place each ball onto a wax paper lined tray and refrigerate until firm.
Pour the chocolate chips along with the coconut oil into a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds then remove and stir; return to the microwave and heat for 15 seconds then remove and stir. If the chocolate has not melted completely, then return it to the microwave for another 15 seconds; remove and stir until smooth.
Remove the German Chocolate Bon Bons from the refrigerator. Dip a bon bon into the dark chocolate and top with some of the reserved 1/4 cup of coconut then place onto the lined tray. Repeat these steps for each bon bon then return them to the refrigerator until the chocolate sets. Store remaining dark chocolate in a container (it should be tightly wrapped) and place in the refrigerator.
Note: The recipe has been tested using unsweetened raw shredded coconut, Great Value Organic Unsweetened Coconut Flakes, and Birds Eye Fresh Frozen Sweetened Coconut. The Birds Eye coconut will need to be thawed first then squeezed in order to remove excess moisture. I do not recommend the bags of coconut that you find on most store shelves due to the preservatives they contain.
German Chocolate Bon Bons with Toasted Coconut– Replace the 1 cup of coconut with toasted coconut.
To make the toasted coconut– Add 1 cup of coconut to a medium skillet and cook on medium heat; stir frequently. When the coconut is mostly golden brown then remove from heat. Reserve 1/4 cup of the toasted coconut to use as a topping.
German Chocolate Bon Bons topped with Toasted Pecans & Coconut– Add about 1/2 cup of chopped toasted pecans to the German Chocolate Bon Bons with Toasted Coconut mixture (reserve some pecan pieces to use as a topping). After dipping a bon bon into the chocolate, top with toasted coconut and pecans then place on a tray lined with wax or parchment paper. Repeat these steps for each bon bon.
To make the toasted pecans– Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or spread coconut on the baking sheet). Toast the pecans just until they become aromatic, approximately 5 or 6 minutes. Be careful not to burn. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Recipes developed by Shirell Dalton – The Simple Chocolatier Copyright ©2015 Shirell Dalton, All Rights Reserved