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

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
4.95 from 74 votes

Chocolate Coconut Balls

Servings: 30 balls
Total: 20 minutes


  • 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.

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Serving: 30g | Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg



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97 comments on “Chocolate Coconut Balls {5-ingredients}”

  1. 5 stars
    The mom of a friend gave me this recipe, when I was a kid. I loved it then and still love it. Glad I found this because I had lost it. Thanks!

    1. No because with the oil the chocolate will not harden on the coconut rounds. You need the shortening to make the melted chocolate harden. Think about what your skillet looks like after frying food with shortening

    2. I never use shortening when I use chocolate to coat things. I do not think it’s necessary.

    3. Cynthia Ford

      The way I was taught the shortening makes the chocolate not so brittle, or more pluable so it doesn’t crumble when bit.

    1. Nothing. It is necessary to harden the chocolate. Some people try cooking wax but to me it changes the flavor and texture of the candy

    2. You don’t need to use shortening at all. I melt chocolate chips all the time to coat different things, and I have never had a problem with it hardening

  2. Do I need to add something to be able to send them to my dad in Florida? I would be sending
    them from Massachusetts overnight Mail and I would hate for them to melt. Thank You so Much, Have a Blessed Christmas!!! Mary

    1. Peggy Netzband

      I send mine from PA to WI. Just freeze them good and tell him to put in freezer on receiving them.

  3. 5 stars
    They came out perfect!! Everyone loved them and so easy to make!! Can I store I Tupperware in fridge?

  4. Karen Visinaiz

    5 stars
    Can you freeze these and if you can how long can they keep. Coconut balls. Also can I use sweetened coconut flakes.

  5. I like your recipe because I love coconut. It is delicious once I made it thank you for putting this out in the Internet it was worth my time and saving .

  6. 5 stars
    These look great. Can’t wait to try them. How long will they last once made if stored in the refrigerator?

    1. The monk fruit sweetener would work. I would try coconut oil or just the chocolate by itself instead of using butter as a substitute.

    2. If you’re trying to be healthier, check your monk fruit sweetener… most have a medium that may be just as bad as sugar. My mom used one with maltodextrin & that causes your body to react the same as sugar.

  7. 5 stars
    I made these last christmas. Easy to make, tastes great. Makes a wonderful gift. Will make them again this year. Friends and family are already asking for them! Thank you

    1. These would probably ship ok. Obviously, the lower the temp. outside the better to avoid melting.

  8. Mary wratchford

    5 stars
    I have been looking for this recipe I have a friend who made this she gave me the recipe and I lost it thank you so much this first time I saw your recipe

    1. Gloria, yes there are many substitutes you can use depending on your preferences about dairy and sugar content. Google “replacements for sweetened condensed milk.”

  9. I was looking for your coconut rum balls but the app won’t take me there?  By the way these chocolate look devine!

  10. 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!

  11. 5 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.

  12. 5 stars
    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 it

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

    1. 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

    2. So if sweetened coconut is used u don’t need powder sugar? Will u use more coconut then?

  14. Marietta Evens

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

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

  16. 5 stars
    Looks real easy. Something I can fix when I’m invited last minute and want to bring a good treat for the holidays. 

    1. maria christensen

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