Last updated on February 6th, 2020 at 01:17 pm
All of the flavors of the amazing candy bar, this Almond Joy Cheese Ball is a mix of toasted coconut and almonds with a gooey fudge center! Serve it with chocolate animal crackers for even more dessert fun!
I recently told you about my love of Almond Joy candy bars when I made my Almond Joy Rice Krispies Treat Squares. I mean, what’s not to love with coconut, almonds, and chocolate? So I am bringing those same glorious flavors in a cheese ball this time.
A dessert cheese ball!
Oh, and did I say it was a STUFFED dessert cheese ball? Are you drooling yet?
A Dessert Cheese Ball?
Before we get to the stuffed part of the Almond Joy cheese ball, let’s talk about sweet cheese balls in general. When I hear the words cheese ball, I initially think of savory cheese balls and sitting around at a party with crackers and wine.
Savory, spicy, and maybe a little salty are all great qualities of a cheese ball, but what about dessert? Parties need desserts too, right? Can you have a cheese ball for dessert? I don’t know about you but I can! Dessert should never be overlooked so why not have a sweet cheese ball for dessert? I have a Breakfast Cheese Ball so why not go all in?!?!
I seem to have a lot of questions regarding desserts, don’t I?
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Stuffed Cheese Balls
The best part of this cheese ball, aside from all the Almond Joy flavors of coconut and almonds, is the chocolate. And when I say chocolate I mean fudge sauce! Almond Joy candy bars are traditionally robed in milk chocolate, unlike Mounds Bars that have dark chocolate. For the Almond Joy cheese ball, I wanted to really up the chocolate factor a bit.
The only way I feel I could do it justice is to stuff the cheese ball with a gooey, chocolately, fudge sauce.
WWHHHAAATTT?!?! A Gooey, chocolatey, fudgy center?
How do you stuff a dessert cheese ball?
I thought about how to get the fudge sauce into the Almond Joy cheese ball and not have a huge mess! I looked to see if anyone else has done this and I found a Pecan Pie Cheese Ball that was similar. Holly layered hers with a method I figured I could modify a bit to get the fudge sauce in the center.
Here are the steps to get your fudge sauce in the Almond Joy Cheese Ball or any stuffed cheese ball.
- Mix the ingredients for the outside of the cheese ball.
- Spread it onto parchment paper in a circle about 6 inches in diameter. It helps to use a non-stick parchment paper but if you don’t have that you can use wax paper. You can also spray a little non-stick spray on the paper before you spread out the cheese ball to help get it off the paper easier.
- Place it in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to firm up.
- Remove from the fridge and spoon whatever you’re stuffing the cheese ball into the center. In this case, it is fudge sauce.
- Slowly scrape the edges of the outside of the cheese ball up and over the center ingredient.
- Little by little bring up the sides until you have the center ingredient encased in the cheese ball outsides.
- Wrap the cheese ball in parchment paper or wax paper and place back in the fridge for 5 minutes to set.
- Now you are ready to coat the outside with whatever additional toppings you may want to add.
I applied these steps with the Almond Joy Cheese Ball in this recipe.
Candy bars can be a great addition to a ton of recipes. Here are some of my favorite other recipes that include candy bars. Check out this Candy Bar Fudge, Snickers Apple Salad, Almond Joy Brownie Bites, Take 5 Apple Pie!
Or you can just eat a candy bar all by itself like I do every now and then when I need a pick me up in the afternoon. A Twix bar is a great way to satisfy my craving and not go all out with a ton of calories. Or one of the Almond Joy bars in the package and then I can save the other one for later or the next day. Sometimes I pop it in the freezer as a cool treat too.
My Almond Joy Cheese Ball is a great addition to any party, even a dessert party! Just grab some chocolate animal crackers, graham crackers, or even some shortbread cookies!
If you are a candy bar lover like me, my Almond Joy Cheese Ball with toasted almonds, toasted coconut, and a gooey fudge center is perfect for you and your next party!
- 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup toasted coconut (divided)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup toasted almonds
- 1/3 cup fudge sauce (prepared)
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (outside)
Prepare the outside of the cheese ball
- Combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla.
- Spread in a 6-inch circle on a piece of parchment paper.
- Sprinkle with 1/4 cup toasted coconut chips.
- Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Remove from the fridge and place the fudge sauce in the center of the cream cheese mixture leaving a 2-inch border.
- Slowly scrape the cream cheese mixture off the parchment paper and fold over the top of the fudge sauce enclosing the fudge sauce in the center of the ball.
- Wrap the cheese ball back up into the parchment paper and chill for another 10 minutes.
When ready to serve, coat the cheese ball
- Sprinkle the remaining toasted coconut, toasted almonds, and mini chocolate chips on a plate.
- Mix to combine.
- Remove the cheese ball from the fridge.
- Remove the parchment paper and roll the cheese ball in the toppings to coat the outside of the ball.
- Place on a platter and serve with chocolate cookies or animal crackers.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 282Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 154mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gSugar: 27gProtein: 4g
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