Sunday, January 31, 2010
Chocolate Honeycomb Balls
This is very daunting. As my Workaholic says, "they give you books and milestone charts for the first 5 years. You know what to do when they need a nappy change, they have a rash, they are burping too much, they are not burping enough etc, but there is no "guide" to the next 5 years". You, and them, are just off in the wilderness. This is the last time we will solely parent them, guide them and look after them. From now on, teachers, peers and other groups will step in and help us. Or as my primary school teacher cousin says "completely take over - we know everything now, you as a mum, know nothing according to your child!". Mmmm, nice, very comforting, thanks for that Kirsten ;).
This calls for chocolate! And lots of it!
Many years ago, when my first born arrived and was such a good sleeper, I reverted back to baking and my needs at the time where cup cakes (although no where near as extravagant as today) and chocolate to keep me company while he slept. I used to make this wonderful no bake slice that had a crushed biscuit, butter, chocolate bar and condensed milk base and then you poured chocolate over the top, crumbled some more of the chocolate bar on top of that and set it in the fridge. You then simply cut it up and enjoyed!
The original recipe called for Violet Crumbles. I am not sure if the rest of the free world knows about this chocolate bar but it is basically a honeycomb bar coated in chocolate. Not content with one kind of chocolate bar slice, I have tried many, Cherry Ripe, Mars Bar etc.
With my first born off to school this week, I reverted back to the slice but decided to see if I could make it into balls and be a little bit fancy....LOL.
It worked and they were delicous.
My only hesitation is the butter content, I found that for some reason the original butter content was too much for a ball and made them too sloppy and oily. I would just melt half the amount and work up from there next time.
These are super easy and impressive.
The recipe is:
1/2 cup condensed milk
200g plain sweet buscuits, finely crushed
3 x 50g violet crumble bars, chopped (or mars bars or cherry ripes)
200g milk chocolate (I use dark chocolate, personal taste)
2 teaspoons vegetable oil (I omitted this)
In a small saucepan combine condensed milk and butter. Stir over a low heat for 2-3 minutes until melted. Transfer to a large bowl and stir in crushed biscuits and 2 of the violet crumble bars. Roll into balls and put in fridge for 30 minutes. Or at this point you could spread into a lined, greased pan and put in fridge. Melt chocolate and oil in saucepan over simmering water. Take balls out of fridge and roll in chocolate and then roll in remaining chocolate bar. Or if you have done the slice version, pour chocolate mix over slice and sprinkle with remaining chocolate bar. Put balls or slice back into fridge until set.
Store in a container in the fridge - if they last that long.
Good luck to all those parents sending their kids off to school this week. Ours went exceptionally well and we are very proud of him. Onwards and upwards my young man.