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Tasty Chocolate Treats

*UPDATED 12-29-13* Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites

For Christmas this year I got fancy and switched out the regular chocolate chips for dark chocolate morsels and rolled them in coconut (see full recipe below).  These Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites were a favorite item at the party.

Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites

If the post from last week, The Ultimate Gift, got you thinking about Valentine’s Day, here is another idea to surprise your sweetheart with a sweet tooth.  This recipe for delicious Fudge Balls comes from my mother-in-law’s family, and we always make them for Christmas.  However, we enjoy them so much we find ourselves making them all throughout the year for most holidays and get-togethers.  It’s really nice to have an extra set of hands on this one, so try to get the kids involved or spend an evening with your partner making and decorating the desserts together.

Fudge Balls

Ingredients:Chocolate Chips and Crushed Wafers

  • 1 cup chocolate chips (6 ounce package)
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • 2½ cups crushed vanilla wafers
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • Topping of your choice (chopped nuts, sprinkles, coconut, etc.)

Directions:

  • Crush vanilla wafers into crumbs (I place the cookies in a zipper-sealed bag a few at a time and crush with a rolling pin until pulverized.  WARNING!: kids and aggressive husbands love to help with this part, but use a little finesse, bags have been known to blow out.)

Rolling Pin and Wafers

  • Melt chocolate over hot (not boiling) water – or melt in microwave for 1 minute; stir, repeat 1 minute at a time until melted; be sure not to burn the chocolate.
  • Stir in syrup, vanilla, and powdered sugar
  • Add wafer crumbs
  • Add evaporated milk a little at a time
  • Mixture will be sticky.  Let mix stand for at least 30 minutes to firm up; it may need to be refrigerated to firm.
  • Shape into balls, approximately 1 inch in size
  • Roll in chopped nuts, sprinkles, or toppings of your choice

Generally, we make at least a double batch so we can share with friends or take extras to work.  The last 2 steps are when it is especially beneficial to have a helper.  Your hands can get pretty sticky with the mixture, so it’s great to have someone else roll the balls in the toppings and then place them on a tray.  They are a delightful bite-sized dessert perfect for classroom parties, cookie exchanges, or to keep on hand for that late-night chocolate fix.  The pictures show us using chocolate and multi-colored sprinkles.  The baking aisle has many different colors to make the Fudge Balls very festive.  You can also look there for chopped nuts, flavored baking chips (which may need to be the super mini size or chopped to smaller pieces), or your favorite candy to add color, texture, and personalized flavor.  Have fun this week and make some with your loved ones.

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