Saturday, December 22, 2007

A Candy Cat-astrophe!

Yesterday was spent making the candies and cookies for gift tins. I made coconut balls and Katie and I had dipped them in chocolate and put sprinkles on them. The were on the kitchen table on waxed paper waiting for the chocolate to set up. of the cats hopped up on the table (a BIG NO-NO!), hit the waxed paper, slid across the table, and onto the floor. Of course the candies ended up face-down on the floor in a big blob! UGH!

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.
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?


Cyndi Lewis said...

Oh, Dana! I feel for you. What a mess and how sad that some of that hard work ended up on the floor and, ahhh... the cat. Your photo of the candy looks beautiful though. I would feel very blessed to recieve those and very impressed with your talent: Provided you did pick off any remaining cat hair...LOL! You got laugh at life sometimes.

Dana said...

Thanks, Cyndi! The candies that didn't get ruined were still very good. And, yes, sometimes you have to laugh!