Orange Coconut Cream Filled Chocolates

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on

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!

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 🙂  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 🙂

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.

If 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?

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?

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1 Heather February 13, 2012 at

OMG these look amazing, like in I want one this very minute; I am so happy you shared this with us and all your beautiful candy pics, I cannot wait to make these this coming weekend!
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2 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 13, 2012 at

Oh my gosh, I would be super proud too! These are gorgeous! And like you said, these are seriously almost “health” chocolates! Awesome combination Heidi! I would’ve taken a million pictures too 😉
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3 Nicole, RD February 13, 2012 at

They are beeeeautiful! Heidi, will you be my valentine? Pretty please? 🙂


4 Erin @ Texanerin Baking February 13, 2012 at

I’m not a coconut butter (or coconut anything) fan, so I’m happy you mentioned you’re not really into it either. I’m definitely going to make these the next time I make coconut butter! I think you’re decorating skills are great. Really. 🙂
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5 Kathryn February 13, 2012 at

These look so professional, I don’t know what you’re talking about! I would be more than happy to receive a few of these tomorrow – I love coconut especially when combined with chocolate.
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6 Marsha @ The Harried Cook February 13, 2012 at

These look so good! Absolutely picture perfect… and I am not a huge fan of coconut either, but I can think of a few people who would go bonkers for these… Thanks for sharing 🙂


7 Pure2raw twins February 13, 2012 at

oh yum! got to love coconut butter!
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8 sophistimom February 13, 2012 at

Not only are these perfect for Valentine’s Day, but when you make them so healthy, you’re really cooking with love. Sorry that sounds nerdy, but there it is.
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9 Krissy's Creations February 13, 2012 at

O.M.G. I would be proud of these too! I want a big handful of these chocolates!
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10 chinmayie @ love food eat February 14, 2012 at

That really does look fancy!
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11 Joanne February 14, 2012 at

Do you take orders? Because I choose these over Godiva. Anyday.
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12 Rawkinmom February 14, 2012 at

These are great!!! I love all of the pictures!! I know what your talking about too…I made some treats and took so many pictures and then I wanted to post them ALL!!!!!!!! hahaha
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13 myfudo February 14, 2012 at

These really look delicious! I would love to try this too…The mix is unique. Can’t wait till I put on my apron again. =) Thanks for the post!
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14 Regan @ the professional palate February 14, 2012 at

These sound delish! And look even moreso that way 🙂

So how did you make your own coconut butter?
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15 Heidi @ Food Doodles February 16, 2012 at

It’s actually very easy to make in a food processor, although it takes a while of running your processor. I put more details into the recipe part of my post if you’re curious about trying to make your own 🙂


16 Caitlin February 14, 2012 at

wow, you are very talented! these candies are gorgeous!
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17 Jane February 14, 2012 at

Oh my gosh, these are amazing!!! I love the pink center … awesome pictures!
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18 Kristina @ Love and Zest February 14, 2012 at

wowsers! these are adorable. love your flavor combo.
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19 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather February 15, 2012 at

These look outstanding!! Not only are they cute, but I love the ingredients in there too! Bravo to you!!!
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20 Gosia February 15, 2012 at

This is b*e*y*o*n*d amazing, you skilled Chocolatier, you!
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21 Sonia The Healthy Foodie February 16, 2012 at

GORGEOUS!!! OMG, what beautiful, mouth watering photos! I want to pin every single one of them… and then of course, I want to EAT every single piece of chocolate. You are simply GENIUS, Heidi. I so badly want to make these right now.

Oh, and ps… I’ve been having this super crazy craving for a big bowl of your brown rice pudding lately. I think I will be making a batch this weekend. Can’t take it anymore, I just want it sooooo bad! 😉
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22 Heidi @ Food Doodles February 16, 2012 at

Aw, thank you!! Your comments seriously make my day 😀

That is so funny you should mention that! I just made it last week because I was craving it and just couldn’t resist!


23 Angie@Angie's Recipes February 16, 2012 at

These chocolate bites are really lovely. Coconut cream is a genius idea.
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24 Amy @ Gastronome Tart February 16, 2012 at

I have never tried to make my own coconut butter before. They look and sound delicious! I am all about chocolate (and have inhaled a few sugary ones from a box the hubby brought home Tuesday) so these would be great to give me that sugar fix without over doing it.
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25 Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything} February 18, 2012 at

looking at them I would have never thought you went through such trouble making them. They look amazing and I bet was worth every second experimenting!
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26 Nora @ Natural noshing February 18, 2012 at

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH these are STUNNING! I have got to try out this recipe, what fabulous coconut candies — they are just SO pretty!
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27 Eat Good 4 Life February 19, 2012 at

OMG these look awesome, so bookmarking, and pinning this 🙂
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28 Tali @ Macnifique February 20, 2012 at

Hey Heidi!
These look awesome! and seem very much ‘primal friendly’. I must attempt these! I assume you can change up the flavour by using different juice? Oh I’m getting all excited!
RE: getting the white chocolate to stick. You probably want to have your piping bag of white chocolate ready to drizzle over your candies soon after dipping in the dark chocolate and then placing them back in the fridge/freezer to cool. I reckon that way they will set together.
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29 Heidi @ Food Doodles February 21, 2012 at

I actually didn’t realize it when I made or posted them, but yes they are! And the possibilities are endless, there are a few others I can’t wait to try 😀
Thanks for the chocolate tip – I’ll try that next time for sure!


30 Sarah March 7, 2012 at

Wow, these look incredible! Definitely putting this on my list of things to make!


31 Beth January 12, 2016 at

O. My. Goodness. I tried these (with homemade coconut butter) and they were amazing! I brought them for family to try at Christmas. Some liked them, some didn’t (kinda a matter of opinion, I guess) but I’m just like, I don’t care if nobody likes them. That’s more for me to eat! Lol. I loved them!


32 Heidi @ Food Doodles January 12, 2016 at

Awesome! So glad you like them Beth 🙂 Thanks for stopping by to let me know!


33 Alana from Threadbare Cloak May 6, 2016 at

Hi Heidi,
I love these sweet treats so much I have included them in my post on DIY Mothers Day gift ideas. Here’s the link
Cheers Alana
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34 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 30, 2016 at

Thank you so much! 🙂


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