My cousin also opened a box of her mother's Rum (actually Bourbon) Balls and we tried those. String-flavored and very good, too. Evie is also the one who gave me the Cold Oven Poundcake recipe that I call the Old Coven Poundcake and which is, in fact, the best poundcake recipe in the world. I made two plain ones (plain! ha!) and one lemon one this season.
Back to the coconut balls...when I moved back here after grad school, I sometimes helped Evie get her candies ready this time of year and it was always fun. I remember those afternoons with great fondness every time I eat one of these fat delicious candies.
I tweaked the recipe a bit and here it is--
1 stick of butter
32 oz powdered sugar
1 can of condensed milk
1 ts vanilla
Add in 14 oz grated coconut.
Add in 1/4 finely chopped pecans (if desired)
Rolls into dime-sized balls and let dry out for a couple of hours. Dip them in melted dark chocolate.
I also added some prepared shopped orange rind--simply pressed it into the tops of some of the pre-dipped coconut balls and then dipped them.
My daughter and I are speculating some variations that include white chocolate for dipping.
Are you making seasonal candies or other yummies?