Chocolate truffles are our mom's favorite Christmas candy to make because they are easy, they keep, and they make nice gifts. With the basic formula of chocolate and cream you can create the ganache and then add whatever flavors strike your fancy. This is mom's favorite combination
Chocolate Coconut Snow Ball Truffles
2 bags of semisweet chocolate chips
1 and 1/2 cups of heavy cream
1 tbsp rum
about a cup of chopped dried cherries
about a cup of chopped walnuts
2 cups sweetened coconut flakes for rolling
Put the chocolate chips in a large bowl. Heat the cream in a sauce pan until just starting to simmer at the edges. Pour over the chocolate and whisk until a smooth ganache forms. Add the rum, cherries, and walnuts and mix well. Chill for about 2 hours in the fridge. Scoop out tablespoon amounts and roll in the sweetened coconut flakes. Store in the fridge in a container lined with parchment paper.
We have been thinking about our list for Santa Paws
And we want a lot of stuff: bones, squeaky toys, biscuits, a new bed, etc. What we really want though is a Hobbit House!
Here is one in Wales, you can read about it here
and here is one in Pennsylvania, read about it here:
Mom would be awful happy if we got this house and we would have a lot of space to play and be comfortable, because we know a Hobbit House means comfort! It seems unlikely Santa will fit him one on his slay though so we will have to content ourselves with our annual Christmas Lord of The Rings marathon.
(Mom and Dad saw the Hobbit movie and they did like it, but they think it was a bit silly to stretch a 300 page book into a 3 part film series. Its probably for serious fans only).