Sunday, December 2, 2012

Chocolate Mint Candy Balls

I was making Christmas Gift Baskets and I did a recipe for a dessert cheese-ball. I had a little extra and I thought it would make a fantastic candy!!

3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
2 candy canes
1/4 cup walnuts
8 oz cream cheese(I did full fat, lower fat ones are quite a bit softer, it might be difficult to work with)

Coating Options:
Almond Bark(chocolate or vanilla)
White Chocolate
Milk Chocolate Chips
Wilton's Colored Candy Melts
Baking Cocoa
Powdered Sugar

1 candy cane, crushed fine
or Colored Sugars

(I chose to do 1/2 with almond bark and candy canes, 1/2 with baking cocoa)

In a blender crush candy canes, then add chocolate chips and walnuts and blend again until it is in fine pieces.

Pour into a bowl and add cream cheese. Mix well and chill.

Scoop into bite sized pieces and roll into balls, place them on a plate and stick them back in the fridge

For candy coatings: Melt chosen coating according to manufactures instructions
(if using chocolate you may have to add a touch of shortening, it helps it melt better and coat smoother)

Dip each ball into the melted coating and return to sheets, sprinkle immediately with remaining crushed candy cane(and some Christmas sprinkles if you like).... Chill well.
you can do one dip, then allow them to chill and do a second dip then do the topping if you like a thicker shell. My dipping skills are lacking, but you get the general idea in the photo above LOL.

For powdered toppings:
Place 1/4-1/3 cup of desired topping in a bowl(you may have to add more later, you just dont want to muck it all up at once LOL) Add a ball or two and gently swirl until coated.

When fully chilled you can place them in a container with a tight fitting lid. Store in the fridge, if they last that long LOL.

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