Christmas is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with some homemade chocolate balls? This recipe is not only easy to make, but it’s also a fun experiment that you can do with your family and friends. So, put on your apron and let’s get started!
- 1 cup of chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup of heavy cream
- 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup of powdered sugar
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup of crushed candy canes
- Begin by melting the chocolate chips in a double boiler over low heat.
- Once the chocolate is melted, add in the heavy cream, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract.
- Stir the mixture until it becomes smooth and well combined.
- Remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
- Once the mixture has cooled, roll it into small balls and then roll them in the crushed candy canes.
- Place the chocolate balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Once the chocolate balls are firm, they are ready to serve!
These chocolate balls are a delicious treat, but they are also quite rich. Each ball contains approximately 150 calories, 12 grams of fat, and 8 grams of sugar.
The total cooking time for this recipe is about 45 minutes, which includes 15 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes of refrigeration time.
- Double boiler
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
These chocolate balls make a great addition to any holiday dessert table. You can serve them on their own, or pair them with some hot cocoa for a cozy winter treat.
If you want to switch things up, you can try rolling these chocolate balls in different toppings. Some other great options include chopped nuts, sprinkles, or even shredded coconut.
If you don’t have any candy canes on hand, you can substitute them with any other type of crushed candy or cookie. You can also substitute the heavy cream with coconut cream or almond milk for a dairy-free option.
These chocolate balls can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- Make sure to let the chocolate mixture cool before rolling it into balls. If it’s too warm, it will be difficult to handle and shape.
- Use a small cookie scoop to make uniform-sized balls.
- If you want to make these chocolate balls ahead of time, you can freeze them for up to 1 month.
If you want to make a larger batch of these chocolate balls, simply double or triple the recipe.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate?
Yes, you can use any type of chocolate you prefer. Keep in mind that milk chocolate will result in a sweeter and milder flavor.
Can I omit the candy canes?
Yes, you can omit the candy canes or substitute them with another type of topping.
Can I use almond flour instead of cocoa powder?
No, almond flour will not work as a substitute for cocoa powder in this recipe.
These Christmas chocolate balls are a fun and delicious treat that are perfect for the holiday season. I love how easy this recipe is to make, and the addition of the candy canes adds a festive touch. While they are quite rich, they are the perfect indulgence to share with loved ones. I encourage you to give this recipe a try and experiment with different toppings to make them your own!