Orange Coconut Cream Filled Chocolates

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on February 13, 2012

Orange Coconut Cream Filled Chocolates

To say I’m proud of these little candies is an understatement.  I’ve made coconut butter before but I’m not usually a huge fan unless it’s in or on something, or at least slightly sweetened.  I don’t know what popped into my head to try this combo.  And I’ll be completely honest, the room temperature mixture is kind of gross.  The texture is grainy and blah and the chocolate is too soft.  And in the freezer they’re actually not that great either, grainy again, and the chocolate is too hard.  I was a little discouraged and I certainly wasn’t going to post anything that didn’t have the texture I wanted.  My one last attempt, I put one in the fridge and left it for an hour or so to adjust in temperature.  And finally – that was what I was looking for!

Orange Coconut Cream Filled Chocolates

So I guess it goes without saying that these MUST be kept in the fridge.  The filling is the perfect creamy softness that literally melts in your mouth immediately, and the chocolate has that amazing snap when you bite into it.  I suppose if you’re making them well ahead of an event, I would recommend keeping them in the freezer until then because they do contain fresh fruit juice.  They will last quite a while in the fridge as long as they’re sealed to keep any fridge smells and tastes out.  Although I can’t exactly say how long because I haven’t been able to test that Orange Coconut Cream Filled Chocolates  Be sure to pop them in the fridge well ahead of serving to let them come to the proper temperature, and then I recommend serving them within a few minutes of removing them from the fridge as they warm up fairly quickly.  Oh and the coconut oil in the chocolate will make them melt on your fingers pretty fast too, but I think that’s part of what makes them so amazing Orange Coconut Cream Filled Chocolates

Orange Coconut Cream Filled Chocolates

I love calling these candies, but in all honestly, they are a super healthy candy.  Even if you don’t think coconut is the healthiest choice these are still a way better option that most any store bought candy options.  No, they aren’t perfect, they don’t have that super smooth sugary inside that most people like from filled chocolates, but they wont give you that crazy, headache inducing sugar high(or the low that causes you to eat the rest of the box), but I would totally choose these over store bought filled chocolates.  Yeah, they’re awesome.

Orange Coconut Cream Filled ChocolatesIf you’re completely avoiding dairy, be sure to use a chocolate that contains no dairy products.  There are even vegan white chocolates available if you’re avoiding dairy and want to decorate your chocolates all fancy-like.  But really, it’s no big deal if you don’t.  They’re just as good with just a layer of dark chocolate.  I did leave a couple only half dipped, or not dipped at all and don’t recommend it.  Dip these completely in chocolate!  You wont regret it!

I’ll admit, I’m totally not a master at anything to do with chocolate, except eating it.  My white chocolate didn’t exactly stick to my dark chocolate as you can kind of tell in the picture above.  It stayed on until you bit it and then bits fell off.  If you know why, let me know, I’m totally curious.  But it didn’t really matter because it all tastes the same in your mouth, right?

Orange Coconut Cream Filled Chocolates

Can you tell how much I loved these from the amount of pictures?  I apologize.  Or maybe not, because there are worse things than suffering through looking at pictures of chocolates, right?

Orange Coconut Cream Filled Chocolates

Orange Coconut Cream Filled Chocolates

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