Sunday, February 3, 2013

Chocolate Truffles to Die For

I've been inspired to begin a new feature - Recipes for Writers - and since this is Superbowl Sunday I begin with a treat. Son in law Luis loves this. Check him out for a testimonial.

There's nothing nutritionally redeeming about Chocolate Truffles to Die For. And despite the name these are not just for mystery-suspense writers. Feel free to Die By Chocolate whatever your genre may be.

By the way these are Recipes for Writers mainly because they are great part-brain activity. They're simple enough to be thrown together after a writing session when intense intellectulizing is usually a can't-do.

Yet they are creative enough to be interesting. They're also creative enough to challenge you to create changes. And they're tasty. At least I think so. My husband agrees to offer his testimonials too if required.

Chocolate Truffles to Die For

Ingredients for up to 72 truffles depending on how big you make them.
4 cups semisweet chocolate chips (two 12-ounce packages)
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk (Like I said. Not nutritionally defensible.)
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract (Rum or orange-flavored extracts work well also.)
Cocoa (This is the traditional coating. Feel free to be employ alternatives.)

Melt chips and milk in nonstick pan over lowish heat stirring pretty much constantly till smooth.
Stir in vanilla or other flavor extract of your choice.
Chill till easy to handle. An hour or two should do the trick.
Shape into one-inch balls or larger if you prefer. I use a melon baller for this part.
Roll balls in cocoa or whatever other tasty treat stuff you like.
Store in air tight container.
You can present these in small muffin cups - or not. They'll disappear fast either way.

If you get started now you can have these ready by game time. Try not to eat too many during prep. You do have guests to think of after all.

In the meantime -- Go Sixers. Go Ravens. One of you will definitely win.

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