Sunday, April 14, 2013

Chocolate Dipped Almond Coconut Bars for #SundaySupper


This weeks theme for #SundaySupper is "Movie Inspired Recipes" and is hosted by Heather of Girlichef. What a fun and creative theme, don't you think? Thanks Heather! Great choice and so much fun!!!


My pick for this theme is from the movie "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory". Not because I'm an exceptionally huge fan of the movie (then, or now), just that I got a new cookbook called "Hand Crafted Candy Bars" and I was dying to make something from it. Is that so wrong?

As I tend to do, I tweaked the original recipe to put my own personal stamp on it and I must say, the results are completely DELICIOUS!!!!

The inside of these bars are creamy and coco-nutty with the undeniable taste of an Almond Joy bar. Then they're enrobed in coating of deep dark chocolate, sinful and yet full of antioxidants.  Then, I gilded the lily (who me?) by giving them yet another layer of chopped nuts (I'm a nut for a nut) by sitting them atop a layer of chopped toasted nuts! Say WHAT? I did this to keep the wet chocolate them from sticking too much the parchment paper ("hey, chocolate doesn't stick to parchment paper", you say) and of course to add another layer of crunchy, nutty goodness to the candy... (there, that's more like it)!

Chocolate Dipped Almond Coconut Bars Recipe




CHOCOLATE DIPPED ALMOND COCONUT BARS    {PRINT THIS RECIPE}
Makes 20  candy bars

1 1/2 cups whole almonds, toasted and divided, save 40 for topping, and chop the rest
2 cups sweetened shredded coconut - toasted
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
5-6 tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 cups high quality semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 cups chopped pecans - toasted

-Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
-Prepare a baking sheet by covering with aluminum foil or a parchment paper sheet.
-Spread the whole almonds on half the baking sheet and the shredded coconut on the other half.
-Bake (toast) the nuts and coconut in the oven for 15 minutes (stirring occasionally), until lightly toasted.
-Remove and cool.
-In a medium size bowl using a wooden spoon, stir the sifted powdered sugar and the heave cream together to form a thick paste.
-Stir in the toasted coconut, the vanilla extract and salt to combine well.
-Line another baking sheet with parchment paper.
-Shape the coconut mixture into 2" logs (roll them first into balls, using approximately 1 tablespoon of the mixture, and from there shape them into logs).
-Top each log with 2 whole almonds each, making sure to press each almond gently yet firmly into the coconut mixture.
-Place the logs into the freezer for at least 30 minutes (longer is fine too), to harden.
Meanwhile...
-Chop the remaining toasted almonds.
-In a dry saute pan, over medium heat, toast the chopped toasted almonds and pecans. Stirring frequently. **Keep an eye on these as they can burn easily**. Once you can start to smell them, they're done.
-Place the toasted nuts in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet.
-In a medium size microwave safe bowl, add the semi-sweet chocolate chips and microwave at 50% power at 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval.  **NOTE - make sure that no water gets into the chocolate mixture at this point as it will seize and harden the chocolate, making it completely unusable**). Stir and continue microwaving, at low temperature, until all the chocolate is completely melted and loose.
-Remove the coconut candy from the freezer and using a few forks (or BBQ fork), drop the coconut candy in the melted chocolate, turning to completely cover.
-Allow the excess chocolate to drip off and lay the candy bars atop the chopped nuts on the baking sheet.
-Continue the process with the remaining candy bars.
-Allow them to cool and dry completely.
-Using the remaining liquid chocolate and a fork, drizzle and squiggle some of the liquid chocolate over the hardened dry candy and then sprinkle the wet chocolate with a sifting of the cocoa powder.
-Return the candy to the fridge or freezer to firm until ready to serve.

For a photographic tour of this entire recipe, scroll below:








Chocolate Dipped Almond Coconut Bars Recipe

This is a candy bar that Charlie, of "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory" would be proud to claim as his own.


For other wonderful movie inspired recipes from #SundaySupper participants, check out their delicious and creative links below:

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Until we eat again,



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Udon (pasta and noodles)
Just Desserts (sweet treats)
Bottle Shock (beverages)

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday, April 14th to talk all about movies that have inspired us to head into the kitchen - and the food that comes from that inspiration (7pm EST)!  We’ll tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world.   Follow the#SundaySupper hashtag, and include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our#SundaySupper Pinterest board for more delicious recipes and food photos.


35 comments:

  1. Mmmm this candy looks positively crave-worthy!!

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    1. It really was. Thanks for the visit and the comment.
      Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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  2. Yum...what a fun cookbook! I was also inspired by Willy Wonka today...not much better in the world than homemade chocolate!

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    1. I couldn't agree more. I had to get these candy bars out of the house as quickly as possible :)
      Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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  3. Oh my gosh seriously these look way better than a store bought candy bar! I need that cookbook!!!

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    1. This was the first recipe I made out of this book. I highly recommend adding this cookbook to your collection.
      Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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  4. Oh my gosh - this is SO MUCH FUN! I looooove almond joys, so these are something that I am dying to make at home. Yours are so beautiful and I bet a millions times better than storebought. I'm so happy that people are enjoying this theme :)

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    1. Thank you Heather. If you love almond joys, you'll definitely love these. Thanks for the visit and the comment.
      Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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  5. Just pack up the whole batch and send them to me please! Oh. My. Goodness. and how much I love coconut and chocolate and Almond Joys. And these are even more scrumptious sounding. Mmmmm...

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    1. Thanks so much Renee. I'd pack them up and send to you but you could make them faster than it would take for me to send them to you :)
      Thanks for the visit and the comment.
      Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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  6. Renee, they look amazing. Thank you for all the great pictures and the fabulous tutorial.
    Love it... Mmmm they must be delicious!

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I sometimes wonder if I publish too many pictures on my posts but, for whatever reason, I can't seem to edit myself. To me that's part of the fun of posting :)
      Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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  7. Almond Joys and Mounds are my guilty pleasures! These look just amazing!!!

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    1. Thanks for the visit and the lovely comment Liz. It means a lot to me.
      Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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  8. What a great cookbook! And loved the instructions and pics... sounds like something really fun to try. ;-)

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    1. Yes, do try. They were super easy to make and super delicious.
      Thanks for visiting and for the lovely comments. Much appreciated.
      Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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  9. Oh my goodness! Those look amazing. I have to make these. Asap lol Yum

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    1. Thank you Shannon. If you like chocolate and coconut, these are for you!
      Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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  10. Oh my heavens those look divine!! I am a big fan of that movie, probably the older version more as that is what I grew up with but love me some Johnny Depp anytime!!

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    1. I'm a Johnny Depp fan too Tara although I'm old school when it comes to movies. Give the the original any day of the week :)
      Thanks for the visit and them comment. Much appreciated.
      Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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  11. I love love love this recipe! This is amazing.

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    1. Thank you so much for the visit and the comment.
      If you're an almond joy lover, this recipe is for you.
      Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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  12. My sweet goodness. I could hurt myself eating these! I love the combination of chocolate, nuts and coconut. Amazing recipe and photos!

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comments Martin. I would have hurt myself on these as well if I hadn't gotten the out of the house early. I gave most of them away to family and friends. Let them get fat. HAHA! Just kidding.
      Rene - Kudos Kitchen

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  13. Not for me, but I do know a few people who would love to find one of these in their lunch

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    1. My husband isn't a fan either. Too bad for him, I am :) Next time I make candy bars, they'll be his choice. LOL
      Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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  14. Delicious! Love your twist with the added pecans on the bottom. Nothing can be too nutty for me.
    I want that cookbook!

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    1. Thank you Katrina. I'm going to have to try your almond joy recipe some day too. I'm sure they're very similar in flavor but the potatoes intrigue me.

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  15. My mom doesn't like coconut, so I didn't eat much of it growing up. Now I love it. Your bars look heavenly!

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    1. People either love coconut or hate it. There is usually no gray area. I happen to love it. My husband hates it. Oh well, too bad for him this time. LOL
      Thanks for the visit and the comment. Much appreciated.
      Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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  16. I so want that book. Nothing makes me happier than homemade candy! Yours looks delicious!

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    1. I highly recommend the cookbook Laura. I have several recipes marked to make in the not too distant future. If you love homemade candy, this is the book for you.
      Thanks for the visit and the comment.
      Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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  17. Okay, first, these candies look amazing! I love chocolate, and coconut and nuts... this is just goodness wrapped in goodness! But the movie? The original Willy Wonka gave me nightmares. I remember watching in in bed with my mom in her room when I was 4 or 5 years old. The new version? Oh my! It was good, but man was Johnny Depp disturbingly creepy! He's such a good actor :)

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  18. I'm a nut for a nut too and these almond joy bars with the extra nuts would not last long around me! Love how you always add your own special additions to recipes.

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  19. I agree with Conni that your candies look amazing, and thanks for the careful photographing of the process, and with such beautiful results. Great movie-food connection!

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