Total Time
Prep 1 hr
Cook 1 hr

This candy is always made for Christmas at our house. They taste a bit like Almond Joy candy bars. They are very yummy. I really don't have any idea how many this recipe makes, but I know it is a lot. These make great gifts placed in a Holiday tin.


  1. Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips.
  2. Refrigerate over night.
  3. Shape coconut mixture into walnut-size balls.
  4. Freeze until firm.
  5. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler.
  6. Pierce balls with a tooth pick or wooden skewer, dip balls into chocolate.
  7. Lay on wax paper.
  8. Refrigerate until set.
  9. Store in an airtight container.
  10. Note: This recipe originally called for 1 block of paraffin wax melted in with the chocolate chips. I don't care for the wax, so I don't add it. It's just a personal preference.
Most Helpful

Have made these many times over the last 20 years. Excellent candy and makes a lot! I found that freezing the balls before dipping is helpful.

NanaD November 18, 2004

My dad loved these and even my mother who is hard to please really liked them as well.

Ceezie January 06, 2009

I finally got brave and tried this recipe. However, I didn't know they were called Martha Washington Balls, my mom always called them bon bons. I tried them with dipping chocolate at first and it was a disaster. I went to the chocolate and parafin and it was wonderful. Shoulda listened to mom. I will make these for years to come.

PattiN December 23, 2008