A great candy for kids to help with, these are very easy
to make. If you tire of rolling them in chocolate sprinkles,
use chopped nuts, flaked or shredded coconut, or nonpareil
"dots". These will keep for at least a week in the refrigerator,
if stored airtight, and they freeze beautifully. Serve
in individual paper candy or truffle cups. A nice project
for a rainy day. Microwave instructions follow at the
end of the recipe.
can (14 to 15 ozs.) sweetened condensed milk
squares (3 ozs.) unsweetened chocolate, halved
1 cup chocolate sprinkles
medium heatproof bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk,
chocolate, and salt. Place over simmering water on low
heat (water should not touch bottom of bowl). Cook 20
to 25 minutes, initially stirring occasionally, but
stirring more frequently toward end of cooking time.
Mixture will thin out at first, then thicken substantially.
Scrape bottom and sides of bowl with rubber spatula
several times during cooking period. Mixture is ready
when it's very thick and mounds softly when dropped
from a spoon.
Remove from heat and hot water. Stir in vanilla (this
will thin the mixture slightly). Scrape this truffle
base into a small bowl. Chill at least 4 hours, covering
tightly when cold.
To form truffles, use two teaspoons or a small cookie
scoop. Form balls of the truffle base about 1" in diameter.
Roll to coat in chocolate sprinkles. If desired, place
each completed truffle in a paper candy cup. Store,
tightly covered, in refrigerator.
30 to 35 truffles
Microwave instructions: Please note that I have a 700
watt microwave oven; your timing may vary. Instead of
halving the chocolate squares, you'll need to chop them
coarsely. Place chopped chocolate, sweetened condensed
milk, and salt in a medium microwaveable bowl. Microwave
at 50% (medium) power for 2-1/2 minutes. Stir very thoroughly,
for at least one minute; scrape bottom and sides of
bowl with rubber spatula. Return to microwave; heat
at 50% (medium) power for 1-1/2 minutes longer. Remove
and stir as above; mixture will be thin as you start
stirring, but should thicken considerably as you continue
to stir. Check for doneness, chill, and form truffles
as above. Caution: the truffle base can scorch easily,
so watch it carefully.
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