Have you ever tried to clean partially-set chocolate off linoleum...or a cat??? :-)
Needless to say, I'm not working from the kitchen table any more!
Here's the recipe if you'd like to make your own coconut balls.
1/2 cup cold mashed potatoes
1/2 cup softened butter
2 pounds powdered sugar
1 t vanilla
1 1/2 cups coconut
12 ounce package chocolate chips
2 T shortening
Mix mashed potatoes and butter together. Add in powdered sugar a little at a time, beating until smooth after each addition. Add in vanilla and coconut. You may need to stir it with a wooden spoon at this point. It gets stiff.
Roll into small balls. Refrigerate until firm. (The original recipe said to freeze them for 4 hours, but I don't think that's necessary.)
In a double boiler or in the microwave, melt chips and shortening together, stirring until smooth.
Roll balls in chocolate and place on waxed paper to set. We put sprinkles on ours, just for the fun of it!
My mom reminded me that when she makes Coconut Balls, they're actually Coconut Squares. She pats the mixture into a 9"x13" cake pan and cuts then into squares before dipping them in the chocolate. There's a reason for this. She makes Buckeyes (or Peanut Butter Balls, as we call them) and you can't tell them apart unless the Coconut Candies are square. Smart woman, eh?