Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Orange Chocolate Snowballs

Last year I posted a recipe for snowballs and cherry snowball candy made with mashed potato.  I know it sounds weird, but they're actually quite tasty.

A few weeks ago, after making the annual Christmas snowballs, my husband and I had an impromptu fruit fondue with the left over melted chocolate.  There's something just so incredibly yummy about the taste of chocolate and orange!

My brain started working and I chocolate snowballs.

So for anyone wanting to experiment with some tasty Christmas candy here are some guidelines for orange snowballs.

1 small to medium sized potato
Grated peel from one large orange (navel, not mandarin)
Approximately 1 cup icing sugar (this will vary based on the size of potato)
1 tsp. orange extract
Drop of red and yellow food colouring
Semi sweet baker's chocolate, or dark chocolate dipping wafers

Boil the potato until done.  Mash it and allow it to cool.  Put into mixing bowl with the grated orange peel.  Beat in 1 cup icing sugar and 1 tsp. orange extract.  Add a couple of drops of yellow food colouring and one red - enough to make a light orange tint. 

Beat in enough icing sugar to make a soft dough. 

Roll into small balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper.  Allow them to set for two or three hours. 

Melt chocolate.  Place rolled snowball on fork held over chocolate pot.  Spoon chocolate over snowball, then use a knife to slide the snowball onto the waxed paper.

Voila, an orange, chocolaty treat!

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