Coconut Bonbons

This frozen dessert can be deceiving to the eye. The bite-size morsels look like candy but are really crumb-coated mini scoops of ice cream. The giveaway is the homemade ice cream sauces--butterscotch and chocolate--that are served with these frosty treats.

Coconut Bonbons
Servings: 8 Prep 1 hr Cook 1 min Freeze 2 hrs


  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 2/3 cup sweetened flake coconut
  • 2/3 cup cornflake crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Butterscotch and Chocolate Sauces (recipes follow)

Make It

1. Scoop about 18 ice cream balls (about 1 heaping tablespoon each) onto parchment or waxed paper lined baking sheet. Freeze. Repeat with another lined baking sheet and remaining ice cream. Freeze 1 hour.

2. Toast coconut in dry skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until light brown, 1 minute. Mix coconut, cornflake crumbs and cinnamon in plastic food-storage bag.

3. Remove 1 sheet from freezer. Working with half the balls (refrigerate other half), add 1 ball to coconut mixture; coat; shape into rounds, pressing coating into sides. Return to sheet. Repeat with other balls. Return to freezer. Repeat with other baking sheet. If balls begin to melt, return to freezer.

To serve:

4. Drizzle sauces on a plate. Top with 3 or 4 bonbons.

Chocolate Sauce

Yield: 1-3/4 cups


  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract

Make It

1. Melt chocolate and butter in saucepan over medium heat, stirring until smooth. Slowly add heavy cream, stirring, until smooth and glossy. Add almond extract. Makes 1-3/4 cups.

Butterscotch Sauce

Yield: 1-1/4 cups


  • 1/2 packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half

Make It

1. Heat brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, cinnamon and ginger in saucepan (not nonstick) over medium heat to dissolve sugar, 8 minutes. Bring just to boiling. Remove from heat. Stir in half-and-half. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 1-1/4 cups.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 8; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 76, Fat, total (g): 7, chol. (mg): 14, sat. fat (g): 4, carb. (g): 4, fiber (g): , pro. (g): 1, sodium (mg): 4, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.