Here is a holiday inspired dessert option that will leave your guests screaming for more!
* 3 packages (12 ounces each) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
* 2-1/4 cups sweetened condensed milk, divided
* 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
* 1/2 to 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
* 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
* 1-1/2 pounds white confectionery coating, divided
* 1/2 cup ground almonds
* 12 inch-high Styrofoam cone
* Miniature silk roses, red, pink and white (tree pictured used approximately 60 roses)
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt one package of chocolate chips. Add 3/4 cup condensed milk; mix well. Stir in orange extract. Cover and chill for 45 minutes or until firm enough to shape. Repeat two more times with remaining chips and milk, adding peppermint extract to one portions and almond extract to the other.
Shaping truffles: Shape chilled mixture into 1-in. balls; place on three separate waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Chill 1-2 hours or until firm.
Melt 3/4 pound white coating in a microwave-safe bowl or double boiler. Dip orange-flavored balls in coating and return to waxed paper to harden. Melt remaining white coating and dip balls once more to thoroughly cover. Let harden.
Melt chocolate coating in a microwave-safe bowl or double boiler. Dip peppermint-flavored balls in coating and return to waxed paper to harden.
If desired, melt any remaining coating and drizzle over orange-and peppermint-flavored truffles, as shown in photo at left.
Roll the almond-flavored truffles in ground almonds.
Making the tree: Cover the Styrofoam cone with foil if desired. Using toothpicks, stick one end into each truffle and the other end into the cone, covering entire cone with as many truffles as will fit attractively. Fill gaps between truffles with silk roses.(If necessary, you can attach the rose stems to toothpicks with small pieces of floral or masking tape and insert the toothpicks into the cone.)
Yield: 44 servings, 3 per serving.
Editor’s Note: White and dark chocolate confectionery coating is found in the baking section of most grocery stores. It is sometimes labeled “almond bark” or “candy coating” and is often sold in bulk packages of 1 to 1-1/2 pounds. It is the product used for dipping chocolate. Crafter’s thoughts: —These sweets are perfect for preparing ahead—undipped, they’ll stay fresh in the freezer for several months. (Thaw in refrigerator.) —Use toothpicks to dip the candies, then poke the picks into a foam scrap so the truffles’ chocolate bottoms dry smoothly.