Recipes

Candy Cane Bark

Ingredients

  • One pound each of dark and white chocolate
  • About 1/2 cup crushed candy canes
  • Peppermint oil
  • Wax paper
  • Chocolate Thermometer

Directions

  1. Chop dark chocolate into very small pieces and place into microwave bowl. Microwave chocolate until completely melted. Check chocolate every 30 seconds and stir. Do not let melted chocolate rise above 100 degrees. Use the chocolate thermometer to check chocolate temperature.
  2. Spread melted chocolate evenly on a 9x13 inch cookie sheet lined with wax paper and let chocolate cool until still soft.
  3. Melt white chocolate using the same procedure as above. Add 3 or 4 drops of peppermint oil (or to taste) to melted white chocolate and spread flavored white chocolate over the dark chocolate layer.
  4. Cover the top with crushed candy cane and let cool thoroughly. Break up cooled bark and place in container.
  5. Shared with your friends and family.

Ice Cream Truffles

Ingredients

  • 8 oz good-quality vanilla ice cream
  • 1-1/2 pounds of milk chocolate, chocolate chopped into very small pieces
  • Assorted toppings such as: cocoa powder; chopped nuts; sprinkles; M&M's

Directions

  1. Melt and heat ice cream to scalding and pour over chocolate - cover and let stand for several minutes until the chocolate melts.
  2. Slowly mix the chocolate and ice cream together until it is a consistent texture. (You can use a stand mixer to beat until it is shiny.)
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and cool until firm.
  4. Scoop out into small balls.
  5. Hand roll and drop into your choice of topping.
  6. Eat and enjoy or place in air tight container and refrigerate.

Variations: You can use any flavor ice cream or gelato. Also, you can use milk, dark or white chocolate. Use your imagination for different combinations (i.e. for Mint Truffles use mint chocolate chip ice cream and white chocolate; for Black Raspberry Truffles use black raspberry ice cream & white chocolate; for Double Chocolate Truffles use chocolate ice cream & dark chocolate).

Incredible Chocolate Fudge

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds dark chocolate
  • 1 pint chocolate ice cream
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Directions

  1. Line an eight- or nine-inch pan with foil and lightly butter foil. Chop chocolate into very small pieces and place in a microwave-save bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute, stir and return to microwave and heat on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat process, stirring every 30 seconds until chocolate is completely melted.
  2. Heat ice cream until warm to the touch, stir in chocolate and beat until smooth. Stir in nuts. Stir into prepared pan and refrigerate until firm.
  3. Cut into squares.