When it comes to sweets, sadly, my husband and I are at odds. He would always rather have candy, and I would always rather have baked goods. I call him the candy man. He seriously has candy with him, at. all. times. It’s hilarious. He keeps some in his jean pockets, jacket pockets, in little secret pockets in his backpack…and those are just the places I know about 🙂 When I was pregnant with Jackson I would always wear one of his coats around and I’d always find candy in the pockets. 🙂 I’m not complaining…I think it’s adorable. BUT, when I’m hankering for a sweet tooth at night, I want some cookies, and he wants skittles, or milky ways! The first time I made these Homemade Almond Joys I thought he was going to die of happiness. 🙂 These are the easiest ever to make, and they’re totally amazing! So, my sweetheart will definitely be getting some on Valentine’s Day!
- 1 1/3 cup mini marshmallows
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup (Karo syrup)
- Pinch of salt
- 1 (7oz bag) coconut flakes, about 2 cups
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 25-30 Roasted almonds
- 1 (12oz) bag good quality milk chocolate chips
In a medium saucepan add the syrup, marshmallows, and salt and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the marshmallows are melted. Stir for about a minute longer. Remove from heat and stir in coconut and vanilla. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or until well cooled. (This part could be made days in advance).
Remove mixture from the fridge. Roll mixture into small logs, about the size of a fat tootsie roll. Place an almond on top of each, pressing it down so it sticks. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer while you melt the chocolate.
Melt chocolate slowly in the microwave, stirring often, or in a double boiler. (I just place a mixing bowl over a pot of simmering water and stir the chocolate until it melts). Dip each coconut roll into the melted chocolate and place on the cold, parchment lined cookie sheet. Allow the chocolate to set. (You could also stick them back in the fridge at this point). Enjoy!
Adapted from Fav Family Recipes