Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Candy Cane Joe-Joe's Truffles

I've seen, and made, the Oreo Truffle recipe before and always received compliments. I was at my sisters for dinner, and for dessert she brought out Candy Cane Joe-Joe's from Trader Joe's. They were so yummy! My mind just wandered - Joe-Joe's, Oreo, Oreo Truffle, Joe-Joe's Truffle. But, I hated that the Oreo Truffle recipe called for cream cheese since my hubby hates cream cheese, and the truffles need to stay cold. I wanted to make some to take for work, and they needed to be able to be left out on a counter. So, I did some Google searching and found a substitution by Beantown Baker that satisfied both issues. I brought these into work today for my co-workers and they went bananas. They remarked that they were "light", "effervescent", "delicious", and "well-balanced minty". They couldn't believe they were homemade either.

Here's the recipe (but you may not want to know :)

1 box peppermint Trader Joe's Candy Cane Joe-Joe's

1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

1 bag milk chocolate chips

Crushed candy cane

Crush Jo-Jo's in food processor until all fine crumbs.

Mix in sweetened condensed milk with a spatula.

You'll know you've added enough because the mixture adheres and forms one ball.

Spoon out enough to make a one-inch ball using a 1 teaspoon measuring spoon. Roll into a ball and set aside onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.

Continue until all the mixture is used up. Refrigerate one hour to set.

Melt chocolate chips according to package directions. (Mine said to mix one cup chocoloate chips with one tablespoon vegetable shortening over a double boiler.)

Roll balls in melted chocolate, one at a time, using two forks to remove the ball and let excess chocolate fall off, then set back on wax paper.

Sprinkle crushed candy cane or drizzle melted chocolate on top. Refrigerate at least one hour to set the chocolate. Before serving remove from fridge at least a half hour so they aren't cold when they are eaten.


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