Neapolitan Coconut Candy Recipe- yumm!!

Want a quick and easy recipe to make your own homemade Neapolitan Coconut Candy?  Well I have your back!  Here is some awesomeness covered in chocolate.  And you totally can’t get much better than that!

homemade neapolitan chocolate candy recipe

This past week, my mom passed out the assignments for Thanksgiving dinner.  We all are required to bring certain dishes to help her feed approximately 30 family members.  My sister-in-law was assigned broccoli casserole.  My sister was assigned the sweet potato casserole.  My mom will be doing up the turkey, gravy and mashed potatoes.

Me? I was assigned rolls.  And she specified that I buy the ones that are already made that just need to be reheated.


Yep, my reputation for not being the best cook certainly precedes me.  While mom, my sister and sister-in-law are all busy in their kitchens whipping up delicious family recipes for the whole clan to enjoy, I will be thawing rolls.  Well, fine.  So I decided to show them that I can make something good.  All I need is a good recipe and a bit of patience.  I will make candy!  It’s unapproved for Thanksgiving dinner, but at least I made my point. Right?

I located a recipe for Neapolitan Coconut Strips on Martha Stewarts website and created my own variation of it.

For this project I used:

12 oz. white chocolate chips
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups of shredded sweetened coconut
2 tbsp. of chocolate chips, melted
1 drop of red food coloring
(2) 12 oz. packages of melting dark chocolate 
homemade neapolitan chocolate candy recipe

Begin by lining an 8″ square pan with plastic wrap, leaving a good overhang on each side.

homemade neapolitan chocolate candy recipe

Combine the white chocolate chips, the condensed milk, butter, salt and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat.

homemade neapolitan chocolate candy recipe

Cook it, stirring until it is smooth.

homemade neapolitan chocolate candy recipe

Look how smooth!  I must get a photo!  Of course the dogs were in the way and I then had to find the proper angle, because I’m all photographer-like and got this awesome photo before I realized that I had left the burner on.  I stirred the chocolate one more time to discover that the entire bottom was burnt to the pan.


Dump that, start over.  Had to send the daughter out for more white chocolate.  Waited.  Fixed dinner.  Thought about thawing stupid buns.  Then I started over.  This time, I took no photos, so you don’t see me adding the coconut once it was removed from the burner.  I then divided the mixture into three separate bowls.

One bowl, I left alone.  The second bowl, I melted about 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips in the microwave and stirred it in to create a chocolate coconut mixture.  The third bowl, I added about a drop of red food coloring and mixed it up to create a pink coconut mixture.

So, I got my camera out again to show you the layering.  You see, first you dump the chocolate mixture into your prepared pan and spread it out in an even layer with a knife.  Of course, the battery suddenly died in my camera, so I couldn’t show you that.

homemade neapolitan chocolate candy recipe

I ran and got another stupid battery.  Gently add the plain mixture over top of the chocolate one and spread it to all the edges.

homemade neapolitan chocolate candy recipe

Then add pink mixture overtop the plain one and spread evenly.  Put your pan in the refrigerator and let it sit about 2 hours.

homemade neapolitan chocolate candy recipe

Then pull the candy out of the pan using the plastic wrap as leverage.  Slice it in about 1/4″ strips and then put them back in the refrigerator.  Be prepared for a few questions like, “What is that weird bacon-looking stuff in the refrigerator”?  Ignore them.  There is greatness ahead.

homemade neapolitan chocolate candy recipe

Cut the strips up into 1 1/2″ long pieces.  And looky here!  Pretty, right?  You could certainly stop here.  But, I want to do the chocolate thing…

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So, take your melting chocolate and pour into a microwave safe cup and melt it in the microwave.  Melt it in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until it is a smooth melted consistency.

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Then simply drop each candy in and lift it out with a fork, tapping the glass to remove the extra chocolate and place on a sheet of foil to dry.

homemade neapolitan chocolate candy recipe

And there you have it.  Neapolitan Coconut Candies.  Perfect to give as gifts, and relatively easy to make!

Yep, I’ll still be thawing those rolls, but maybe next year they will move me up to something a  little more difficult, like opening pickle jars or slicing cheese.  I can only dream….

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  • nicolthepickle May 25, 2014, 5:38 pm

    These look wonderful, and I loved your story. 🙂

  • Anonymous August 22, 2012, 1:24 am

    I enjoyed reading your recipe and I can’t wait to try the recipe… Thanks for sharing.

  • katie May 2, 2012, 8:46 am

    this looks and sounds awesome and very easy! Can’t wait to give it a try!

  • Etcetorize December 2, 2011, 7:20 pm

    Lol, you made me laugh. Sounds just like me. My cooking/baking skills are not appreciated and when I try to prove that I can do it, I too usually manage to have to do it twice. Glad I'm not alone. In the end your treats look great~

  • Ginger December 2, 2011, 2:43 pm

    Yum! Featuring you over on my blog this morning! Thank you so much for linking up to {wow me} wednesday last week! 🙂

    Ginger @

  • Threeundertwo December 1, 2011, 6:07 pm

    I love this post! They look so delicious. Well worth the burnt batch and the camera hassles. Thanks so much for linking up to Finished for Friday!

  • Darcie November 28, 2011, 8:44 am

    i can't believe how good this looks. i think im gunna make it tomorrow. i mean today. gosh its almost one maybe i should go to bed 😉

  • Patricia Torres November 28, 2011, 3:54 am

    gosh!! thats awesome!! 🙂

  • KB November 25, 2011, 4:46 am

    Looks delish!

    We'd love you to share your recipes with us at

    Simply Delish Saturday

  • Natasha November 23, 2011, 7:29 pm

    yum!!! love your blog. new follower

    Would love it if you could share this on my link party Serenity Saturday at

    Natasha xxx

  • Anonymous November 23, 2011, 12:00 pm

    :} Oh I love your way of making things in the kitchen.
    Thank you for posting this recipe. I Always have loved these things and haven't been able to find them in the stores anymore so I do appreciate you sharing the recipe with us.

  • {Junk in their Trunk} November 23, 2011, 5:58 am

    Oh my goodness these look delish!!! I can't wait to try this out! Thanks! I would love for you to come share this at our link party right now…

  • Jill November 21, 2011, 9:42 pm

    Oh they look awesome Suzy! Don't let them know how good a cook you are thought – you'll be making the whole meal next year!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  • Lisa November 21, 2011, 7:33 pm

    I think you did a great job! You'll show them with this yummy treat!

  • Katy Cameron November 21, 2011, 5:58 pm

    Those look yummy! Enjoy your dinner, even with the reheated rolls ;o)

  • Cranberry Morning November 21, 2011, 12:55 am

    P.S. I can totally relate to the dog hair!

  • Cranberry Morning November 21, 2011, 12:54 am

    That looks amazing! I'm going make this, but I sure hope I do it when there's going to be lots of company around to help me eat it. I have such a weakness for coconut and chocolate! YIKES. You may be interested in my EASY English Toffee for next year – or Christmas! 🙂

    I'm copying this recipe right now! Thanks for posting it. 🙂

  • BKWilliams November 20, 2011, 5:48 am

    These are just beautiful! Great job!

  • Michelle November 19, 2011, 11:14 pm

    I think we've all burnt the bottom of the pan trying to do something when we should be concentrating on the recipe at hand, regardless they came out great and look absolutely delicious, I have pinned this and think they would work great for a Christmas day treat too.

  • Alyssabeth's November 19, 2011, 11:13 pm

    Oh my, these look so yummy! I'll send you my address so you can send me a batch, lol.

  • ~Randee November 19, 2011, 7:53 pm

    These look DELICIOUS!!!


  • Norene November 19, 2011, 2:31 pm

    That's my favorite candy as a kid, but without the chocolate. Norma and I always called it bacon. You may bring it to Thanksgiving.

  • pratima giri November 19, 2011, 9:27 am

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  • Kathleen November 18, 2011, 9:57 pm

    Suzy, are you sure you want them to know you can more than defrost rolls? 🙂 Those chocolates look absolutely delicious!

  • The Answer Is Chocolate November 18, 2011, 6:50 pm

    I love these!!! They look delish. I'm doing the whole thing ( I'm crazy that way, among the many other ways I'm crazy) but I am for anything that brings more chocolate into Thanksgiving! If Reeses can make eggs, Christmas trees, and hearts, what… they can't make a stinkin turkey?

  • Stephonie November 18, 2011, 6:33 pm

    My assignment is stuffing which is to be prepared the night before because I hate bumping into people in my mother's small kitchen and I get kind of tetchy. Ok, more like Godzilla invades when I have to share cooking space.
    The candy looks absolutely AMAZING!!! And I agree take it anyway, there should be a law that homemade candy should always be approved for any festive get together. =)

    I hope you have an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  • shopannies November 18, 2011, 5:05 pm

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  • chillin with Quillin November 18, 2011, 5:00 pm

    your story got a few laughs out of me, made my morning!. the candy looks sooooo yummy, like to see there faces when you show them, and yes I think they will promote you onto something better to cook, have a good one !