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Coconut Snowmen

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Coconut Snowmen
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This Christmas candy features a soft and chewy coconut candy paste formed into adorable candy snowmen. Coconut Snowmen have it all--hats, arms, buttons, and a face complete with carrot nose.

These candies are somewhat time-consuming to make, but their fiddly nature makes them a perfect activity for older children to assist with, or an edible project at a children's holiday party. They are also wonderful decorations to accompany a homemade gingerbread house!

Yield: about 30 snowmen

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 1.5 cups shredded coconut, divided use
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips or candy coating
  • 30 black gumdrops or black raspberry candies
  • 30 orange mints like Tic-Tacs
  • 1 cup stick pretzels
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Preparation:

1. Place the cream cheese and vanilla in the bowl of a large electric mixer. Mix them on medium speed until the cream cheese is smooth and entirely soft.

2. Stop the mixer, add 2 cups of powdered sugar, and mix on low speed until the powdered sugar is incorporated. Stop the mixer and add the remaining powdered sugar and the powdered milk and mix just until combined.

3. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and add 1 cup of coconut and the salt. Turn the mixer to low and mix until the candy is homogenous and well-mixed. Check the texture of the candy: you want it to be firm enough to easily be shaped into a ball, but not too dry and stiff. If necessary, add more powdered sugar to get the right texture. Bear in mind also that the candy will dry out a bit as it sits, so err on the side of a more moist candy.

4. Set the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded coconut in a nearby bowl, and begin to roll the candy into small balls, rolling each ball in coconut once it's formed. Because it will take 3 balls of coconut to make 1 candy snowman, you don't want to roll them too large, otherwise the candy will be too overwhelming. I tried to keep my snowmen "heads" around 1/2-inch wide, the middle portion slightly large than that, and the bottom ball a little less than 1-inch wide. The bottom does need to be significantly larger, otherwise the snowmen will not balance properly. If you use similar proportions, you will make about 30 snowmen, each with 3 body segments, so roll about 90 coconut-covered balls altogether.

5. Melt the white chocolate chips or candy coating in the microwave. This is your "glue" to hold the snowmen together. Dip the bottom of an orange mint in the white chocolate, then press it firmly in the middle of one of the snowmen's faces to represent the carrot nose. Repeat until they all have noses.

6. Use a toothpick to smear some white chocolate on the bottom of one of the black gumdrops or black berry candies. Press it on top of one of the heads to represent the snowman's hat, and repeat until all the heads have hats.

7. Next assemble the snowmen's bodies: take a middle segment and dip the bottom in white chocolate, then press it on top of a bottom segment. Now take a head and dip the bottom of that in white chocolate, then press it onto the top of the middle segment: you should now have a completed snowman's body! Repeat until all of your snowmen are assembled.

8. Break a pretzel stick in half, and dip each half in the melted white chocolate. Press the halves into each side of a snowman to represent their stick arms. Repeat until each snowman has two arms.

9. The final step is to give the snowmen buttons and eyes. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave, then use a toothpick to dab the melted chocolate on the faces for eyes, and down the front of the body to represent buttons. Your Coconut Snowmen are now complete!

10. Store Coconut Snowmen in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

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