With my last wee bit of Xylitol left over from the 16 ounce bag Xylitol USA sent me, I made some chocolate and coconut… things. I wanted to call them cups, because I had visions of molding them in little paper candy cups, but that turned out to be a messy disaster. They still tasted good, though.
I planned to re-melt everything and try again, but I keep eating the broken up pieces, so I don’t think that’s going to happen. Instead, I’ll just go ahead and post the recipe. A friend of mine actually told me how to make these, only her quantities just made a small amount. That’s good in a way, because you can only eat what you have. Recipes yielding only a few servings can help prevent overindulgence. Still, I wanted to make these into bite-sized candies, so I made TWELVE TIMES the recipe. It’s a good thing I did, too. In the process of trying to pour the melted chocolate into the candy cups, I spilled it everywhere, losing almost a third of it.
Anyway, the original recipe is: 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 teasppon Xylitol and 1 tablespoon of shredded coconut. Here’s where I have to fess up and let you know that I used Angel Flake coconut because that’s what I had on hand. Since it’s sweetened, the chocolates I made aren’t technically sugar free, but you can easily use whatever variety of coconut you want.
I’d also like to point out that I followed the same friend’s advice and processed my Xylitol in a coffee grinder so that the grains would be finer. It worked, and you can see the difference in the photos. I wish I had thought to do this when I made the meringues and peanut butter cookies, as that may have helped, but that’s something to try later.
24 Tbsp (1 1/2 cups) coconut oil, melted
24 Tbsp (1 1/2 cups) cocoa powder
12 tsp (1/4 cup) Xylitol
12 Tbsp (3/4 cup) shredded coconut
Melt the coconut oil, and then mix everything together. I poured the mixture into a gallon-sized ziploc bag, thinking it would be easiest to pipe the chocolate into the cups. Wrong. As soon as I cut the corner off the bag, the chocolate gushed out everywhere. Oops.
I did get a few chocolates that looked okay. There’s major blooming and discoloration going on, and I’m not quite sure what’s up with that. I didn’t do any sort of tempering, so that may be it. If you have any ideas, let me know because it looks dreadful. Luckily, that doesn’t affect the taste.
By the way, I also used the coffee grinder to chop the coconut into smaller pieces, but a food processor would work just as well for that.