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Orange Chocolate Coconut Clusters

Posted By Elana Amsterdam On October 3, 2008 @ 10:34 pm In candy,desserts | 31 Comments

orange chocolate coconut clusters

New Year, new school.  Wow, this week has been busy.  The boys have settled miraculously into their new habitat and I can feel the relief flowing through my body.

My favorite comment this week was from Melissa, a reader who said, “It’s hard, but before you know it, they will adjust and be just fine. Kids are so resilient! It’s probably harder on mom. :-)”   Well, yes, Melissa, I couldn’t have said it better myself and the smiley face was much appreciated.  Seriously, you cheered me up when I needed it!  As did so many of the other comments I received.

To celebrate making it through this week, I found it only appropriate to create a candy recipe, this being of course my favorite category of recipe and possibly my favorite food group.  Yes, for some of us, candy is a food group.

Orange Chocolate Coconut Clusters
2 cups chocolate chunks
1 teaspoon orange extract
1 cup almonds, toasted then coarsely chopped
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the chocolate over very low heat
  2. Stir in the orange extract
  3. Allow the nuts and coconut to cool, 10-15 minutes, then stir them into the melted chocolate
  4. Drop by heaping tablespoonful onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  5. Allow to cool
  6. If need be (as in it’s too hot in your kitchen for these to set) transfer clusters to a plate and cool in freezer
  7. Serve

I think these clusters would be great with any type of nut.  You could also try substituting some orange zest (in an amount of your choosing) in place of the orange extract.  I think that would be delicious.

Since it is October I have started to think about Halloween treats.  I am looking for something fun (no fruit rolls), organic and not too sweet.  Do any of you have good store bought well wrapped (yes for trick or treating safety) ideas for Halloween candy?  If you do, please drop me a line in the comment section below.  I do have something in mind and will do a post on it, though want to collect others ideas before I get going.


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