October 23, 2011

Fudge Nut Truffles - Perfectly Delicious

Sleeping on an air mattress, living among chaos, mere days before the moving truck shows up to pack up our lives into boxes that we won't see again for 7-12 days and I make... truffles?

Born out of frustration and the need to do 'something' mindless to vent built up energy I opened the almost bare cupboards last night and saw a box of Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate. Thinking I would make them into brownies, I grabbed the box and opening it, saw a simple recipe for fudge.  Did I really want fudge?  No, not really.  I don't like chocolate all that much and don't crave it so honestly I'd rather have a nice pile of caramelized onions or a bowl of steamed broccoli.  But... I was bugged, the semi-sweet chocolate was there and I needed something to do that wasn't moving related.

Since I always "play with my food" and view recipes as a guide for brainstorming, I looked at the recipe;


2 packages of 8 squares each (16 total) Semi Sweet Baking Chocolate
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 t vanilla
1/2 c chopped walnuts

Melt the chocolate squares in the microwave with the milk.  Stir in nuts and vanilla and pour into a foil lined 8" square pan.  Let cool, lift from pan and cut into squares.

Obviously, being 'me', that's not what I would do.  I didn't have a plan yet, but I started in anyway.

The first thing I changed was to half the recipe as I only had 1 box of Semi-Sweet Chocolate

I melted the chocolate with the sweetened condensed milk.
I then tasted it and decided I'd pour most of the rest of the can
of sweetened condensed milk into it.
I used about 3/4 of the can.  
(The rest I mixed with toasted chopped walnuts
and ate with a spoon).
I increased the amount of vanilla to about 3 teaspoons.

I poured the mixture onto foil and placed it in the refrigerator or freezer to set up.  I left mine all night as I went to bed after this point.  In the morning I took it back out.  It will still be soft and pliable since we used more sweetened condensed milk than fudge would have, but it sets up so you can scoop it out.

Scoop and form into balls rolled between your palms and place the balls back on foil.  Place the foil in the freezer.  Let the balls freeze for 30 minutes if you can wait that long.  At least 10-15 at minimum.  In the meantime, melt 1/2 lb. of almond bark.  I used vanilla but feel free to use chocolate as well.

 Dip each fudge nut ball into the melted almond bark.
Place on foil.  Sprinkle with jimmies if you wish or leave plain.
Let harden on the foil at room temperature.

 My Fudge Nut Truffles

1 packages of 8 squares each Semi Sweet Baking Chocolate (I only had 7 squares so that's fine!)
1 can sweetened condensed milk (use most of it, just shy of the whole can)
3 t vanilla
3/4 c chopped walnuts
1/2 lb. almond bark, melted at 50% power in the microwave and stirred smooth
Sprinkles if you wish

Melt the chocolate squares in the microwave with the milk.  Stir in nuts and vanilla and pour into a foil lined 8" square pan.  Let cool.  Scoop out heaping teaspoonfuls of chocolate mixture and roll between your hands to form balls.  Place on foil.  Place in freezer for at least 20 minutes and longer if you wish.  Melt the almond bark in the microwave at half power and stir until smooth (takes about 3-4 minutes depending on the microwave).  Use a skewer, fork or toothpick to dip the chocolate truffle balls into the melted almond bark and place on foil.  Sprinkle with jimmies if you wish.  Let stand at room temperature to set up and harden. 
*If you have leftover almond bark, don't throw it out.  Look into your cupboards to see what you have to make 'almond bark candy' out of it.  I used a cup of toasted coconut stirred into mine.  Then pour out onto foil and let harden at room temperature.  Other ideas:  M&M's, peanuts, cereal, crushed peppermint candies, chopped halloween candy corn, popcorn or chocolate chips.  When it is hard (about 20 minutes) break into pieces and enjoy!

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