Crème De Menthe Truffles

These elegant truffles make a special gift. The creamy chocolate mint center melts in your mouth.

Yield

48 truffles

Ingredients

1/3 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup butter
1 (10-ounce) package (2 cups) crème de menthe baking chips*
1 (12-ounce) package vanilla-flavored candy coating
2 drops green food color
confectioners' (powdered) sugar or cocoa
1/4 cup real semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

Directions

Combine whipping cream and butter in 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat until butter is melted (4 to 5 minutes). Add crème de menthe baking chips. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until chips are melted and mixture is smooth (2 to 3 minutes). Cover; refrigerate at least 2 hours or freeze 1 hour until firm.

Dust hands with powdered sugar or cocoa. Working quickly, shape mixture into 1-inch balls. (Truffle mixture will be soft; repeat dusting hands to make shaping easier, if necessary.) Place balls onto wax paper-lined baking sheet; refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Meanwhile, melt candy coating in deep 1-quart saucepan over low heat; stir until smooth (8 to 10 minutes). Stir in food color until well mixed. Remove from heat; cool 10 minutes.

Remove truffles from refrigerator. Place 1 truffle in candy coating mixture. Use small spoon to coat truffle; immediately remove and place onto wax paper. Repeat with remaining truffles. (Work quickly so truffles do not melt.) Refrigerate until coating is set (10 minutes).

Drizzle each truffle with melted chocolate. Refrigerate until set (10 minutes). Place truffles in paper or foil candy cups.

Storage

Store refrigerated in container with tight-fitting lid up to 2 weeks.

Additional Information

* Substitute 60 crème de menthe candy thins.

Do not overheat candy coating or it may scorch.

Use remaining melted candy coating to dip pretzels or chocolate wafers.

Spiral candy forks can be used for dipping instead of a small spoon. They are available at cake and candy decorating stores.

Nutritional Information

1 truffle: Calories: 80, Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 10mg, Carbohydrates: 9g, Dietary Fiber: 0g, Protein: 0g

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