I used to LOVE candy bars. The ooey, gooey, chocolaty goodness called to me, and I answered it's siren song. My friends personal favorites were: Carmello
Midnight Milky Way
Can you guess which one was my favorite?
How can you resist those layers of coconut and almonds coated in rich chocolate?
Plus, they are joyous! They have a sense of humor....
Now, the thought of eating one of these sweet bars of decadence kind of makes me sick. How did I ever eat a whole one of these in one sitting?! I would probably go into sugar-shock for a week... solid! However, that does not mean I do not still appreciate and love the flavor combinations of these classic check-out line treats. How can you go wrong with coconut, almond, and cocoa?
BUT... I have grown up... (don't laugh!) I have moved on... I have evolved...
You get the picture...
I decided to use my new found love of "children" to create a "grand baby" for my mom to enjoy. It is time for more fun with Fudgie Babies!!!!!!!!! My mom prefers her babies less "date-y" and more "cocoa-y". Using her personal preferences, this is what I came up with. Almond Joy Fudgie Babies
Ingredients: - 8 Medjool Dates, pitted - 1 cup Walnuts - 1 teaspoon Almond Extract - 5 tablespoons Cocoa Powder - organic Unsweetened, Shredded Coconut, for rolling
Place all ingredients, except the coconut, into a food processor. Process until the ingredients come together to form a ball. Form into balls and roll in coconut flakes. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.
Next time I might try using Almonds instead of Walnuts and Vanilla Extract instead of Almond Extract. I liked the flavor, but I think these changes would be more like the original.
My mom LOVED her new Fudgie Grand-Babies. In fact, she took most of them home with her! Thanks mom! You are the best Grandma EVER!