Category: Candy

Cranberry Cashew Clusters

Make delicious Cranberry Cashew Clusters, with only 3 ingredients (dried cranberries, white chocolate and cashews)! Easy to make, and perfect for gift giving!Make delicious Cranberry Cashew Clusters, with only 3 ingredients (dried cranberries, white chocolate and cashews)! Easy to make, and perfect for gift giving!

Easy. Quick. Yummy. That explains this recipe for Cranberry Cashew Clusters, in a nutshell. Well… not really IN a nutshell, but you know what I mean, right?

This recipe is made with only 3 (count ’em… 3!) ingredients… white chocolate chips, dried cranberries and cashew pieces!

Semi-sweet chocolate OR white chocolate can be used, depending on your taste. I love using white chocolate, because the cranberries show up a little bit better in the candy!

Making Cranberry Cashew Clusters Is EASY!

Anyways… this cranberry cashew clusters recipe is as simple as melting the chocolate, stirring in the dried cranberries and cashews, and placing mixture by spoonfuls (or spreading out) onto was paper.

The recipe makes approximately 2 dozen of these delicious cranberry cashew clusters. You should store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator, to keep the chocolate firm.

Cranberry cashew clusters on wax paper lined Christmas platter.

Cranberry Cashew Clusters are perfect little goodies to make when you are pressed for time! It’s so easy to make these delicious goodies to give to others, or have on hand for your ravenous family.

The chewy cranberries, crunchy cashews, and the sweet chocolate coating combine to make cranberry cashew clusters a wonderful treat! Sure hope you will give them a try!

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Cranberry Cashew Clusters
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Make delicious Cranberry Cashew Clusters, with only 3 ingredients (dried cranberries, white chocolate and cashews)! Easy to make, and perfect for gift giving!
Category: Candy, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry cashew clusters
Servings: 24 clusters (approx.)
Calories Per Serving: 90 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups (12 oz.) white chocolate chips (or semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2/3 cup cashew pieces
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler or in the microwave. If microwaving, heat on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Heat on high for an additional 30 seconds. Stir. If not completely smooth, heat on medium power for 15 seconds more, then stir until smooth. Do not burn the chocolate!
  2. Stir the cranberries and cashews into the melted chocolate and stir well, to coat.
  3. Drop mixture by teaspoonfuls (OR spread out into a solid piece, then break up into bite sized pieces later) onto wax paper lined baking sheet. Let stand until they set up (firm).
  4. Serve and enjoy. Keep leftover candies refrigerated.
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Cashew Clusters
Amount Per Serving (1 cluster)
Calories 90 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 10mg0%
Potassium 55mg2%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chocolate Orange Truffles

Do you enjoy Christmas goodies?  Some of my favorite Christmas goodies to make are Chocolate Orange Truffles. Creamy orange flavored chocolate centers, covered with more chocolate… oh my goodness! They taste wonderful, and are perfect for gift giving!Chocolate Orange Truffles / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Chocolate Orange Truffles are delicious treats to enjoy during the holidays! Creamy orange flavored chocolate centers, dipped in chocolate to cover. YUM!
Rich, creamy, chocolate truffles infused with just the right amount of orange flavor…YUM… what a taste treat!

I’ve been making these for as long as I can remember. I don’t even remember where I found the recipe from. I copied it down on a 3×5 card many, many years ago and have been making these for family and friends ever since!

I’ve made them with semi-sweet chocolate topping with only orange zest for a garnish…

Chocolate-Orange Truffles / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I’ve dipped them in white chocolate with semi-sweet chocolate drizzled on top…

Chocolate-Orange Truffles / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
And I’ve dipped them in semi-sweet chocolate and garnished with white chocolate drizzle (my personal favorite way to make them)! Trust me… any way you make them, they are delicious!

Chocolate-Orange Truffles / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Don’t let the Prep Time scare you away from making these… most of the prep time is not active prep time… it’s just letting the truffles cool off in the refrigerator before dipping them in melted chocolate coating! Go wrap presents or put Aunt Edna’s fruitcake by the front door to use as a doorstop… whatever YOU like to do with some “hurry up and wait” time!

The pairing of chocolate and orange remains one of my top flavor combos… it’s so GOOD! These truffles are easy to make (really… trust me!), and are a delicious and pretty treat on a gift of homemade goodies to bless friends and family with. They are absolutely delicious, and I think you will LOVE them!

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Chocolate Orange Truffles
Prep Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time
3 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 33 mins
 
Rich and creamy, these delicious chocolate and orange truffles are sure to delight friends and family!
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate orange truffles
Servings: 24 truffles
Calories Per Serving: 117 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Truffles:
  • 4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips , finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons orange liqueur (I use liqueur, but orange juice may be substituted)
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange peel (I use a zester for smaller pieces)
For coating the truffles:
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips (for drizzling over the truffles... this is optional)
  • Additional orange peel zest (for sprinkling on top of truffles... this is optional)
Instructions
  1. To make the truffles: Bring the butter and the cream to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat. Immediately add the chocolate chips, orange liqueur, and grated orange peel. Stir well until mixture is completely smooth.
  2. Place saucepan in refrigerator and chill chocolate mixture for 2 hours. When totally chilled, remove pan from refrigerator. Using a teaspoon (mixture will be semi-hard by now), remove chocolate and shape into 3/4 inch balls by rolling the mixture between your hands. Your hands will get a bit messy...don't worry about it! Place chocolate ball onto aluminum foil or wax paper covered baking sheet once formed. Once you have the chocolate balls (approx. 24) formed, place baking sheet back into the fridge for 30 minutes to re-harden the chocolate. When chocolate has firmed up again, make the chocolate coating.
  3. To make the chocolate coating: Place 1 cup chocolate chips and the vegetable shortening in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Remove. Stir. Put back in microwave and repeat for 30 seconds. Remove. Stir. The mixture should be smooth after stirring, but if it still has some lumps, place back into microwave for 15 seconds. Remove and stir. Do not overcook the chocolate chips or they will burn.
  4. Remove truffles from refrigerator, and one at a time, place them into the warm chocolate. You may use two forks to hold the truffle. I like to use a toothpick stuck down into the middle of the truffle to coat them. Once coated, let excess drip off back into chocolate, then place onto foil to dry. Carefully remove toothpick, cover hole with a bit of chocolate, to cover, and continue coating the rest of the truffles in the same way, until done.
  5. Allow chocolate coating to harden, then if you want, drizzle some melted white chocolate over the top of each truffle to pretty them up. Garnish with a tiny bit of orange zest onto the white chocolate before it firms up. Once chocolate toppings have hardened, place truffles into individual decorative paper wrappers, then place into a sealed container.
  6. Keep truffles refrigerated. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Most of the prep time listed is not active "cooking time"... it's just letting the chocolate truffles cool off in the refrigerator before finishing them off with the coating.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Orange Truffles
Amount Per Serving (1 truffle)
Calories 117 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 20mg1%
Potassium 74mg2%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Sugar 6g7%
Vitamin A 90IU2%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Candied Citrus Peels

Candied citrus peels (orange and lemon), dipped in chocolate are a unique, sweet treat to make and give to friends and family during the holidays!Candied citrus peels (orange and lemon), dipped in chocolate are a unique, sweet treat to make and give to friends and family during the holidays!
Over the years, I’ve made chocolate drizzled, Candied Citrus Peels, made from oranges and lemons during the holidays, to add to the gift baskets of Christmas goodies I give to friends and family.  They are delicious and are such a unique treat!

Candied citrus peels are easy to make and require only a few ingredients. I found these to be quite a unique gift idea, and they are delicious, too! I’ve made this recipe using both orange AND lemon peels.

Both are wonderful, but my personal favorite is definitely the candied orange peels, because I might possibly have a genetic weakness for chocolate and orange… oh mercy!

Making Candied Citrus Peels Is Fairly Simple But Has a Few Steps

These take a bit of prep work (nothing hard at all, though), and involves several hours of drying time, but the results are worth it, especially when you consider how inexpensive these are to make, when contrasted with how expensive they are to BUY!

The process is pretty simple. Basically you repeat the cooking process three times to rid the citrus peels of bitterness. then the peels are cooked in a simple sugar syrup.

The peels are then fully dried, then decorated the next day with a chocolate coating or drizzle (to fancy them up)! That’s it! You can make as many, or as few as you like.

How Candied Citrus Peels Are Made

Citrus peel strips are boiled in water, then drained and boiled again two more times. This process is done, because it softens the peels and removes some of the bitterness.

Boiling strips of orange peels in water in saucepan, for candied citrus peels.

After boiling the peels 3 times, the candied citrus peels are then cooked in a sugar/water mixture for 15 minutes.

Citrus peels are cooked in a boiling sugar and water mixture for 15 minutes.

Cooked candied citrus peels are then dried on wire racks overnight or until completely dry.

Cooked candied citrus peels dry on a wire rack overnight.

Peels are now completely dried (see how they are not as shiny?). The candied citrus peels can be eaten, as is, or can be decorated with white or dark chocolate.

Candied Citrus Peels have completely dried on a wire rack, and are ready to eat!

Here are some candied citrus peels (orange), dipped 3/4 of the way in melted semi-sweet chocolate.

Candied Citrus Peels that have been dipped in melted chocolate.

Here are the candied citrus peels (lemon), dipped in white chocolate and drizzled with melted semi-sweet chocolate.

Candied Citrus Peels from lemons, dipped in white chocolate then drizzled with semi-sweet chocolate.

Here are more of the orange candied citrus peels, drizzled with semi-sweet chocolate.

Orange Candied Citrus Peels drizzled with semi-sweet melted chocolate.

Here are some of the orange peel slices, dipped in white chocolate, then drizzled with semi-sweet chocolate. See how many ways you can decorate candied citrus peels?

Candied Citrus Peels (orange), with white and semi-sweet chocolate.

Hope you will give these candied citrus peels a try this holiday season (remember citrus is in season during this time of year)… and enjoy!

Looking For More Christmas Goodies?

You can find ALL of my Christmas candies and goodies in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. A few favorites include:

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The original recipe source is unknown. I copied it down onto a 3×5 card over 15 years ago, but have no record of where I got the recipe from.

Candied Citrus Peels
Prep Time
1 hr 5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Inactive Drying time
4 hrs
Total Time
5 hrs 15 mins
 
Candied citrus peels (orange and lemon), dipped in chocolate are a unique, sweet treat to make and give to friends and family during the holidays!
Category: Candy
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candied citrus peels
Servings: 72 (Approximately 6 dozen pieces)
Calories Per Serving: 13 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • Oranges or lemons (Enough to make 2 cups of sliced peels. I used 6.)
  • Water
  • 1 cup sugar (for syrup)
  • 1/4 cup sugar (for rolling cooked peels in, (IF NOT DIPPING IN CHOCOLATE)
  • Semi-sweet chocolate
  • White chocolate
Instructions
  1. Score your orange or lemons with sharp knife. Cut peel into thin strips. Remove as much of the white "pith" as possible (it's really bitter).
  2. Put the peel strips into a medium saucepan. Cover the peel with cold water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Once it begins boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes. Drain water.
  3. **Repeat the above process with the peels 2 more times.**
  4. Once you have boiled the peels 3 times, wash the pan and set peels aside.
  5. In medium saucepan, bring 1/2 cup water and 1 cup granulated sugar to a boil, stirring twice. Once water is boiling and sugar is dissolved, add the peels to the pan. Simmer peels in syrup on low heat for about 15 minutes (most of the syrup will be absorbed).
  6. Remove peels with tongs to wire rack. **IF YOU ARE NOT PLANNING TO DIP FINISHED SLICES IN CHOCOLATE, THEN ROLL THEM IN SUGAR AFTER THEY HAVE DRIED FOR ABOUT AN HOUR** Place sugar coated peels back on rack to dry at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight. IF YOU ARE DIPPING OR DRIZZLING THESE IN CHOCOLATE, THIS STEP IS NOT NECESSARY!
  7. To decorate, melt semi-sweet chocolate or white chocolate (or both in separate batches) in a double boiler or in the microwave, depending on how you choose to decorate the peels. Be careful not to burn the chocolate. If melting them in microwave, cook in 30 second intervals, stirring after each 30 seconds, until smooth. Dip or drizzle melted chocolate over peels and place back on wire rack to completely dry. Keep peels stored in a cool place to prevent chocolate from melting. Enjoy
Recipe Notes

The cook time indicated INCLUDES approximately 4 hours of drying time...don't freak out and think these take that long to actually prepare. The whole cooking process takes about an hour and a half to get them to the point of being ready to dry.

Caloric calculation does NOT include optional chocolate drizzle.

Nutrition Facts
Candied Citrus Peels
Amount Per Serving (1 piece (without choc. drizzle)
Calories 13
% Daily Value*
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 3g3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chocolate Butterscotch Peanut Clusters

Chocolate Butterscotch Peanut Clusters are so yummy and EASY to make, using only 3 ingredients! Recipe makes 4 dozen- perfect for gift giving and holidays!Chocolate Butterscotch Peanut Clusters are so yummy and EASY to make, using only 3 ingredients! Recipe makes 4 dozen- perfect for gift giving and holidays!

If you’re looking for a totally easy “chocolate candy” recipe to have around the house to munch on OR give to friends…here ya go! Chocolate Butterscotch Peanut Clusters for the win!

This is truly one of the easiest recipes ever…really!  These chocolate butterscotch peanut clusters only have 3 ingredients, and the recipe makes approximately 4 dozen, so there are plenty to share with friends (we wouldn’t dare eat them all by ourselves, would we????)!

If you can pour and stir…you can make these! It’s THAT easy.  I’ve been making them for years, and have always enjoyed how quick to make and delicious they are.

You can even get “fancy” and drizzle the chocolate butterscotch peanut clusters with a simple vanilla/powdered sugar icing, if desired (but not necessary). I’ve done that a couple times!

Chocolate butterscotch peanut clusters drizzled with icing.

The addition of butterscotch chips to the “standard” chocolate covered peanut clusters takes these to the next level of awesomeness!  Hope you will give them a try!

Looking For More Chocolate Candy Recipes?

You can find all of my recipes in the Recipes Index, located at the top of the page. In case you are searching for MORE chocolate covered candy to make for the holidays, etc., be sure to check out my recipes for Chocolate Covered Bacon, Mocha Truffles, Chocolate Orange Truffles. There’s more in the recipe index, and they are all are delicious!

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Chocolate Butterscotch Peanut Clusters
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Chocolate Butterscotch Peanut Clusters are so yummy and EASY to make, using only 3 ingredients! Recipe makes 4 dozen- perfect for gift giving and holidays!
Category: Candy, Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate butterscotch peanut clusters
Servings: 48 chocolates (approx.)
Calories Per Serving: 89 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups butterscotch chips
  • 12 ounces salted cocktail peanuts
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate and butterscotch chips in a double boiler (chips in small pot, which is sitting on top of a pot of boiling water-be careful not to get any water into chocolate or chocolate will seize up).
  2. When chips have melted, remove from heat and stir in peanuts until coated.
  3. Drop peanut clusters by rounded spoonfuls onto wax paper.
  4. Let the chocolate peanut butter covering harden before serving. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Butterscotch Peanut Clusters
Amount Per Serving (1 chocolate)
Calories 89 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 58mg3%
Potassium 75mg2%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Peanut Butter Bon Bons

Chocolate dipped peanut butter bon bons (truffles) are creamy, rich and decadent. With only 5 ingredients, and so easy to make, what’s not to love?Chocolate dipped peanut butter bon bons (truffles) are creamy, rich and decadent. With only 5 ingredients, and so easy to make, what's not to love?

The quick and easy recipe for Peanut Butter Bon Bons (truffles) is one of our family’s favorites!  These chocolate covered treats are a tradition in our home over the Holidays!

These simple peanut butter bon bons (or truffles) are one of the chocolate dipped goodies I make at Christmas time for family and friends. These tasty peanut butter treats (whatever you want to call them) are so delicious, it’s hard to eat only one!

I’ve been making peanut butter bon bons (sometimes called “buckeyes”) for years and years. I don’t even know where I got the original recipe! My recipe is written out on an old, stained 3×5 index card – aren’t all the GOOD ones like that?

Chocolate covered peanut butter bon bons in paper wrappers, ready to eat!

The bon bons are easy to make. A creamy peanut butter filling is blended, rolled into balls, and refrigerated until firm. The peanut butter bon bons are then coated in a chocolate covering, and then refrigerated again, until the chocolate firms up. That’s it!

Sure do hope you will give the peanut butter bon bons a try…I make them at Christmas time, but I think you will find them wonderfully delicious any time of the year!

Looking For Other Recipes For BON BONS or TRUFFLES?

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Original Recipe Source: Unknown…handed down recipe from many years ago

Peanut Butter Bon Bons
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Refrigeration (inactive time)
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 30 mins
 
Chocolate dipped peanut butter bon bons (truffles) are creamy, rich and decadent. With only 5 ingredients, and so easy to make, what's not to love?
Category: Candy, Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peanut butter bon bons
Servings: 30 bon bons (approx.)
Calories Per Serving: 239 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For bon bons:
  • 12 Tablespoons butter (1½ sticks) (or margarine-whatever floats your boat!)
  • 18 oz. creamy peanut butter (small jar)
  • 16 ounces powdered sugar (16 oz. box) (confectioner's)
For chocolate coating:
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable shortening
Instructions
  1. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and peanut butter together in a large bowl until thoroughly mixed and creamy. Add powdered sugar; mix until smooth. Mixture will be thick.

  2. Using a spoon, scoop out mixture and roll/shape into (approx.) 1 inch balls between your hands. Place rolled bon bons onto a wax or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Store in refrigerator to chill for a couple of hours.

  3. Right before the bon bons are done "chilling", prepare chocolate coating mixture to dip them in: Place the chocolate chips and the vegetable shortening in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Remove. Stir chocolate and shortening. Place back in microwave and microwave for 30 additional seconds. Remove and stir. (You do it this way to prevent the chocolate from burning). By now the chocolate and shortening should be completely melted and smooth. If not (some microwave temps vary), put it back in for 15 seconds and stir. Remove from microwave. *Tip: If the chocolate is still too thick for dipping, just add a tiny bit more shortening and microwave for a few seconds.* (If you prefer, you can also prepare the chocolate and shortening in a double-boiler...again...whatever works for you).

  4. Remove bon bons from refrigerator and dip each one completely in melted chocolate. I use a toothpick inserted into bon bons to dip into chocolate, then remove the toothpick and fill in the small hole on top of bon bon with additional chocolate. As each bon bon is dipped, place on wax or parchment paper to allow chocolate time to "harden".

  5. When chilled, place each bon bon in a small paper candy holder, and refrigerate! Enjoy.

Nutrition Facts
Peanut Butter Bon Bons
Amount Per Serving (1 bon bon)
Calories 239 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 118mg5%
Potassium 143mg4%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 145IU3%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Mocha Truffles

You’ll love these easy to prepare mocha truffles, chocolate covered creamy treats that are perfect for eating or gift giving! Recipe makes 5 dozen!I LOVE to make truffles for our family and friends to enjoy any old time of the year. One of my "traditions" is to make Mocha Truffles each year at Christmas time, along with a couple other kinds of truffles.
I LOVE to make truffles for our family and friends to enjoy any old time of the year. One of my “traditions” is to make Mocha Truffles each year at Christmas time, along with a couple other kinds of truffles.

I found this amazingly simple truffle recipe in one of my old “Taste of Home” magazines almost 20 years ago. They taste wonderful, and are surprisingly easy to make. I’ve made good old mocha truffles countless times over the years, and they always are a big hit!

Do You Enjoy Truffles Or Bon Bons?

Do you enjoy truffles or bon bons? We sure do, and I try to make a new flavor every year at Christmas! You can find all of my truffle and bon bon recipes in the Recipe Index at the top of the page. A few favorites include chocolate orange truffles, peanut butter bon bons, and maple cream bon bons.

Mocha truffles are some of my absolute favorite decadent treats! The rich chocolate and coffee flavor combination is the reason I have made these truffles so many times over the years. They are so good, and so creamy… sigh. If only they were calorie-free!

Close up photo of a few of the mocha truffles.

Even though I don’t have photos of the “process” for making these truffles, it is a fairly simple process. Creamy chocolate mocha filling is mixed, shaped into balls, refrigerated, then dipped into chocolate to cover. That’s basically it! Anyone can make mocha truffles… really!

I hope you will give these mocha truffles a try. They are great ANY time of the year, and are a wonderful “sweet” gift to give a friend or colleague. Trust me. Have a wonderful day!

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Recipe Source: Stacy Abell, Taste of Home Magazine, Dec./Jan. 1995 issue, pg. 25
Mocha Truffles
Prep Time
2 hrs
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
2 hrs
 
You'll love these easy to prepare mocha truffles, chocolate covered creamy treats that are perfect for eating or gift giving! Recipe makes 5 dozen!
Category: Candy, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mocha truffles
Servings: 60 truffles (approx.)
Calories Per Serving: 122 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 packages (12 oz. each) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Tablespoons instant coffee granules
  • 2 teaspoon water
  • 1 lb. dark chocolate confectionery coating * (see note at end of recipe)
  • White confectionery coating for decorative "drizzle" (Optional)
Instructions
  1. To make the truffles: Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl (or in a double boiler). Add cream cheese, coffee granules and water to the chocolate and mix well. Cover bowl and refrigerate until chocolate is firm enough to shape.

  2. Shape the chilled chocolate mixture into 1 inch balls (Scoop chocolate out of bowl with spoon; use your hands to roll them-yes...it is a bit messy, but fun!). Place the chocolate balls onto a wax paper lined baking sheet, then refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until very firm.
  3. To make the chocolate coating: Melt the chocolate confectionery coating in a microwave-safe bowl or double boiler. Dip the truffles, one at a time in the chocolate to completely cover and then place covered truffle on waxed paper to let the chocolate harden. *I usually use a toothpick inserted into the chocolate ball to dip them. When dipped, I remove the toothpick and cover the hole where the toothpick was with additional chocolate. Once finished dipping and "drizzling" the truffles, let harden on waxed paper. Once hardened, I love to place them in individual mini-candy papers for a festive look! Keep the finished truffles refrigerated!
  4. **If desired, you can melt the white confectionery coating to decoratively "drizzle" over the truffles, or you can drizzle additional chocolate coating or sprinkles.
Recipe Notes

**Recipe creator says these truffles may be frozen for several months BEFORE dipping in chocolate. Thaw un-dipped truffles in the refrigerator before dipping.
**Chocolate or white confectionery coating can be found in the baking section of most grocery stores. Sometimes it is called "almond bark" or "candy coating". If you can't find it, a great substitute would be 1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips, plus 1 TBSP shortening, melted together (can double this amount). (I have done this...works like a charm!)

Nutrition Facts
Mocha Truffles
Amount Per Serving (1 truffle)
Calories 122 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 15mg1%
Potassium 78mg2%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Maple Cream Bon Bons

Decadent, creamy chocolate covered Maple Cream Bon Bons are a perfect gift for family and friends during the holidays! You’ll love these maple flavored treats!Decadent, creamy chocolate covered Maple Cream Bon Bons are a perfect gift for family and friends during the holidays! You'll love these maple flavored treats!
Every year during the holidays, I pick a couple of new recipes to make (especially chocolate covered truffles or bon bons!), to add to our family’s “tried and true” traditional Christmas treats. One of this year’s new recipes is Maple Cream Bon Bons. AMAZING!

I enjoy making a variety of “homemade Christmas goodies”, which I LOVE to give to my friends and neighbors. Inevitably I end up making a couple kinds of chocolate-dipped truffles (in this recipe they are called “bon bons”).

I tend to make such a mess in my kitchen each Christmas, with cookbooks, recipes and ingredients scattered everywhere, but I find great JOY in giving to others this time of year!

Maple Cream Bon Bons / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

This past Christmas I found this delicious sounding recipe for maple cream bon bons during a search online at Taste of Home. These creamy, chocolate covered treats were very easy to make (with only a few ingredients… a big plus!) and the maple flavor SHINES!

They are so cute when placed in a decorative candy wrapper… perfect for gift giving! Who wouldn’t like to receive a plate of these delicious maple cream bonbons?

Maple Cream Bon Bons / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The recipe makes about 5 dozen maple cream bon bons, so there are plenty to take to work, give away as gifts, or plenty to save and stash away in the refrigerator for a late night craving…they are SO GOOD!

A look at the inside of a maple cream bon bon.
Sure hope you give these little bites of yumminess a try. Maple cream bon bons are very, very good!

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Maple Cream Bon Bons
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Decadent, creamy chocolate covered Maple Cream Bon Bons are a perfect gift for family and friends during the holidays! You'll love these maple flavored treats!
Category: Candy
Cuisine: American
Keyword: maple cream bon bons
Servings: 5 dozen
Calories Per Serving: 125 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For bonbons:
  • 1 cup butter , softened (2 cubes)
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar (powdered)
  • 3 Tablespoons maple flavoring
  • 2 cups walnuts (I used pecans), chopped
For coating:
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, cream the butter, powdered sugar, and maple flavoring till smooth. Stir in chopped walnuts (or pecans).

  2. Shape mixture into 1" balls. Place dough balls onto a wax paper covered baking sheet and put into freezer for 1/2 an hour.

  3. In a microwaveable bowl, melt the chocolate and butterscotch chips **(30 seconds on high. Stir. 30 seconds on high. Stir. Watch carefully so that you don't burn the chocolate. Should be melted and smooth after stirring the second time, but microwave an additional 15 seconds or so, then stir, if not.).
  4. Dip dough balls into chocolate mixture one at a time (I insert a toothpick into the dough ball, then dip, cover with chocolate then remove, allowing excess chocolate to drip off. You may want to use a spoon to finish coating the bonbon. Place each covered bonbon on wax paper-lined baking sheets, removing the toothpick and hiding the "hole" with a touch of melted chocolate. Place bonbons in refrigerator when done. Refrigerate till set...then ENJOY!
Nutrition Facts
Maple Cream Bon Bons
Amount Per Serving (1 bon bon)
Calories 125 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 38mg2%
Potassium 52mg1%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Mom’s Old-Fashioned Fudge

Mom’s Old Fashioned Fudge is creamy old-fashioned chocolate fudge with pecans! Easy to make, perfect treat for parties or gift giving during the holidays!Mom's Old Fashioned Fudge is creamy old-fashioned chocolate fudge with pecans! Easy to make, perfect treat for parties or gift giving during the holidays!

My Mom has been making this old fashioned fudge for at least 50 years! My memories of Christmas time are filled with happy thoughts of my Mom making this delicious fudge and giving plates of it to neighbors and friends.

Our Family Tradition – Making Old Fashioned Fudge At Christmas!

I don’t even know where she got the recipe from (she calls it “See’s Fudge”), but I do know it’s been made by my Mom since I was a child (over 50 years). Now making Mom’s old fashioned fudge is my tradition, passed from one generation to the next.

Now I’ve been making this absolutely DELICIOUS old fashioned fudge every Christmas for as long as I can remember!  That’s a loooong time, folks, and I still LOVE the memories it brings to mind, and the calories it brings to my tummy!

Making and giving away homemade goodies at Christmas is part of my heritage…it’s just what I love to do!

The way you make Mom’s old fashioned fudge is fairly easy. The ingredients are cooked, mixed together, then spread onto a cookie sheet and refrigerated until firm.  Once firm, the fudge is cut into small bites of creamy chocolate deliciousness!

How To Make Mom’s Old Fashioned Fudge

The first thing you need to do is to place chocolate chips, marshmallow creme, vanilla, nuts and butter in a large mixing bowl. Set this bowl aside.

It’s important to do this step ahead of time. The reason is because once the sugar syrup is cooked and is boiling hot, you need these ready to make your batch of old fashioned fudge!

You will pour the boiling hot syrup into the bowl, and the heat will melt the butter and chocolate chips.

Chocolate chips, pecans, and butter are some of the ingredients used to make old fashioned fudge.

To Make The Sugar Syrup For Old Fashioned Fudge

In a large, tall saucepan, add the evaporated milk and the sugar. Bring the sugar and evaporated milk to a rolling boil.

Once it reaches a full, rolling boil, cook for 9 1/2 minutes. Make sure to stir often, so it doesn’t boil over the top of the pan.

Evaporated milk and sugar are boiled to add to the old fashioned fudge ingredients.

Once the 9 1/2 minutes is up, remove the pan from the heat and quickly pour this HOT mixture into the ingredients in the mixing bowl.

Stir the old fashioned fudge thoroughly (this is good for your biceps!). Continue stirring until the butter and the chocolate chips are all melted and blended smooth.

Once Fudge Is Blended Completely

Immediately pour the hot contents of the bowl onto a BUTTERED (on the bottom and sides) 9×13 cookie sheet. Spread the old fashioned fudge out, to fill cookie sheet completely.

Refrigerate the old fashioned fudge for several hours until it is firm. Cut the fudge cut into small squares (it’s very rich, so you only need small pieces). Serve and enjoy!

Old fashioned fudge is spread out in baking pan, then refrigerated until firm.

How Many Pieces Of Old Fashioned Fudge Will This Recipe Make?

This recipe makes a lot of old fashioned fudge. If you cut a 13×9 inch batch into 1″ squares, it will yield about 117 pieces of fudge. That’s about 2 pounds of fudge!

That’s a LOT of fudge for eating… OR homemade gift giving! ‘Tis the season, right?

Pieces of Mom's old fashioned fudge, ready to eat!

Be sure to store fudge in covered container in the refrigerator! You will have plenty to have around to nibble on, or to serve friends who pop in for a quick visit!

We also enjoy giving plates of old fashioned fudge and other Christmas goodies to our neighbors and friends. I sure hope you will give this delicious, old fashioned fudge a try…it’s DELICIOUS! Enjoy!

Looking For More Christmas Goodies?

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Author's signatureRecipe Source: My Mom, Fredia

Mom's Old-Fashioned Fudge
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Mom's Old Fashioned Fudge is creamy old-fashioned chocolate fudge with pecans! Easy to make, perfect treat for parties or gift giving during the holidays!
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fudge, old fashioned fudge
Servings: 117 one inch pieces
Calories Per Serving: 97 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 pkgs. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 8 oz. jar marshmallow creme
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts (I use pecans)
  • 1/2 lb. butter (or margarine, if you desire- I use butter-2 cubes)
  • 1 large can of evaporated milk (regular sized-don't use the dinky one)
  • 4 cups granulated sugar
Instructions
  1. Place the first five ingredients (chips, marshmallow creme, vanilla, nuts and butter) in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, add the evaporated milk and the sugar. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil; once it reaches a full, rolling boil, cook for 9 1/2 minutes, stirring to be sure it doesn't boil over the top of the pan.
  3. Once the 9 1/2 minutes is up, remove the pan from the heat and quickly pour this HOT mixture into the ingredients in the mixing bowl and stir thoroughly (this is good for your biceps!) until the butter and the chocolate chips are all melted and blended smooth.
  4. Pour the contents of the bowl onto a BUTTERED (rub a bit of butter on the bottom and sides) 9x13 cookie sheet. Spread fudge mixture out to fill cookie sheet completely.
  5. Refrigerate for several hours till firm, then cut into small squares. Keep refrigerated. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Mom's Old-Fashioned Fudge
Amount Per Serving (1 (one inch square piece))
Calories 97 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 17mg1%
Potassium 51mg1%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Vitamin A 60IU1%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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