Friday, 12 December 2014

Chocolate Truffles

I received this recipe almost 30 years ago in a mailing from Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk just before Christmas.  I read the directions and thought they sounded so easy, I had to try them.  I have made them every year since then for Christmas.  The are so easy to make, my kids always help shape then and then roll them in their favorite coatings.  You can personalize them by adding different flavorings and using your favorite coatings.  But they are not only easy to make, they are sooooo good.  They are always the first thing to disappear from my Christmas goodies.  I will reprint the recipe like it is written.  We can't buy chocolate chips in the smaller bags any more, but you will know how much you will need in total weight.  It is approximately one full and an additional 2/3 bag of the 350g / 12 oz. bags. 



3 packages (175g each) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 300ml can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (or your favorite)
1 tablespoon (15ml) vanilla (or you can use any flavor that you prefer, cherry, mint, eggnog, mint, orange, maple, coffee etc)
Coatings - again, you can use what ever suits your taste. Some suggestions are sprinkles, jimmies, finely chopped nuts, coconut, icing sugar, cocoa, crushed cookie crumbs etc


In a heavy saucepan, over low heat, melt chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk.  Remove from heat, stir in vanilla.  Chill for 2 hours or until firmed up slightly.  Shape into 1-inch balls; roll in any of your coating choices.  I like to put them into pretty seasonal coloured foil candy cups.  Chill 1 hour or until firm.  Store in covered container.  Serve at room temperature.  They keep for a month or more, if they last that long.  

Makes about 60 truffles.