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Chocolate Coconut Balls {5-ingredients}

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Chocolate Coconut Balls are one of our favorite no-bake holiday treats. A sweet, moist, coconut center, covered in a chocolate coating with only 5-ingredients! These are so Easy to make and always a huge hit with everyone.

If you love coconut like we do, you might want to also try these Coconut Macaroons, Hello Dolly Bars and our German Chocolate Cupcakes.

chocolate coconut balls in a bowl for the Holidays

Chocolate Coconut Balls

For this recipe you will want to use dessicated coconut. That’s a bit different from shredded coconut – it’s finely shredded coconut that is not sweetened. If you do not have this, go ahead and use regular shredded coconut. That’s OKAY. I personally would pulse the coconut in a blender a few times, but I am a bit picky with texture. We also show you below how to cut back on the sugar to make a healthier version of these yummy coconut balls.

Chocolate Coconut Balls in mini Cupcake Liners

How To Make Coconut Balls

This is a recipe that my grandma made every holiday season.  She loved coconut and would bake with it all the time, especially around the Holidays.  Chocolate Coconut Balls are completely no-bake though.  All you need to do is melt a bit of chocolate; that’s as hard as ‘baking’ gets in this yummy recipe. Even though this recipe is super easy, it will take a bit of patience dipping each ball in the chocolate. It’s worth it though, trust me!

Ingredients you will need:

  • coconut
  • powdered sugar
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • shortening

Coconut Balls in mini cupcake liners


  1. You start by mixing the coconut, sweetened condensed milk and powdered sugar. Form the mixture into balls and place on a pan lined with wax paper. Place the balls in the fridge to firm.
  2. Melt the chocolate chips and shortening. Dip the balls into the chocolate mixture getting rid of any access chocolate.
  3. Place the balls back on the paper and let them set.

chocolate truffles on wax paper

Healthy Chocolate Coconut Balls

  • 2 cups dessicated coconut
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips for melting

Follow the recipe as listed below using these ingredients.

Chocolate Covered Coconut Bon Bons on a wood plate

Tips and Tricks

  • We love to use this chocolate dipping tool for recipes like this and makes it so much easier.
  • Add an almond in the center. It will taste just like an Almond Joy Candy Bar!
  • You can also add in chopped almonds to the coconut mixture.
Coconut Balls dipped in Chocolate inside and outside

Chocolate Coconut Balls

Published By Jill
5 from 46 votes
Total Time 20 mins
Course candy
Cuisine American
Servings 30 balls
Calories 149 kcal


  • 1 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp shortening


  • In a large bowl combine confectioners sugar with coconut and condensed milk.
  • Shape the mixture into 1-inch balls and place onto a pan lined with wax paper. Place in refrigerator until firm.
  • In a microwave-safe glass bowl, melt the chocolate chips with shortening, removing to stir once or twice until smooth.
  • Dip each ball into the chocolate allowing the excess chocolate to drip off. Place the chocolate balls onto the waxed paper; let stand until set. Store in refrigerator.


Serving: 30gCalories: 149kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 21mgPotassium: 122mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 14IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 52mgIron: 1mg
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Will fix these for Christmas. Thanks for the recipe. Merry Christmas.

Hi what is shortening I’m wanting to do
chocolate coconut balls thank you

I always use coconut oil to melt chocolate. Crisco is shortening if you prefer.

Love this page

I never thought of trying that great tiip5 stars

shortening is vegetable fat . it is white and can be found in most grocery stores5 stars

Great recipe!5 stars

Love the recipe and was trying to just get the print option but couldn’t with all the ads popping up. 

Can I use butter instead of shortening?

Can I use imperial marjoran

Delicious….but add couple of drops of pure almond extract and its heavenly good!!!

I added chopped pecans to the coconut balls…delish!

Love this page

Can someone explain to me please what desiccated Coconut is? Never heard of that. Thanks.5 stars

Thank you for the recipe. I would love to make the 5 ingredient chocolate coconut balls, but it doesn’t say how much of each item I need. Could you please let me know what these are?

1 3/4 cup coconut
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
2 cups chocolate chips
2Tbls shortening

What is your best source for dessicated coconut? Thank-you for posting a low sugar version.5 stars

Those look great and it’s easy to make5 stars

can you use sweetened coconut and just omit the powdered sugar? That’s all I have on hand and would love to make these.

I have the same question. If you find out please let me know.

yes they will have a different texture but still be good. in factmy gma makes similar coconut “easter nest”after rolling balls warm water back of tsp. dibit the chocolate and add small jellybeans to your next delicious

Everyone loved these! I’m making them again and sending them to my brother for his birthday. They are very sticky to work with, but worth it5 stars

I have a peanut butter ball recipe that’s alot like this except you melt the chocolate with a small piece of paraffin wax instead of shortening.5 stars

Hi! What beautiful children!! (even your dog smiles!!) I’m planning to gift homemade candies to friends and this will definitely be a selection. (I already have that coconut!) Love your site and will try other recipes. Thank you!


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