Make Mother’s Day sweet

If your mom is a confirmed chocolate lover, delight her with one of these easy-to-make treats on May 12.


Chocolate coconut balls


4 1/2 cups coconut flakes

6 1/2 ounces condensed milk

5 ounces melted semi-sweet chocolate

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Directions [1] Lightly pulse coconut flakes in a food processor. Add the condensed milk and vanilla extract. Mix well. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Make balls out of the mixture and freeze for 10 minutes. [2] Melt the semi-sweet chocolate. Use a fork to dip each ball into the chocolate. Let the excess drip and place on parchment paper. Refrigerate for 15 minutes and serve.

Chocolate banana pops


4 ripe, firm bananas

8 wooden sticks

3 tablespoons salted peanuts, chopped

6 ounces dark chocolate, chopped

Directions [1] Peel and cut each banana in half, crosswise. Insert a stick into each half. Place on a tray, cover with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for about three hours, until frozen. [2] Place the peanuts on a plate. Melt the chocolate with the lowest possible heat, stirring frequently. Pour the melted chocolate into a tall glass. Dip each frozen banana into the chocolate, turning it to coat, and immediately roll in the peanuts. Place on a tray covered in waxed paper. Serve immediately.


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