These are an easy recipe to start learning to make dipped chocolates. Myrna’s the expert, but even I could turn out some delicious homemade candy with this recipe.
These are rich, so I used a size 100 scoop, about 2 teaspoons, and it was plenty. It helps to let the filling set up a little in the refrigerator before making your balls, then freeze them. The original recipe called for 3 tbsp. flavoring...2 was enough for us. It may depend on the quality of your flavoring. Try 2, taste, and then add if necessary. I used pecans, because that’s what I had on hand, and the nuts certainly added a lot. Use your electric mixer for the filling to make it easy.
I like to use a double boiler for melting chocolate; it helps keep it warm longer. Myrna suggests adding a teaspoon or so of shortening (not butter) to the chocolate if it starts to get too thick. I also put mine back on the stove and let it warm up again before I finished. Use two forks for dipping, and scrape the fork on your pan edge to get rid of globs of chocolate.
I also dipped some in plain milk chocolate chips, and we liked those the best. I had a little chocolate left over, and I threw in some salted peanuts and spooned out some peanut clusters as a bonus.
Maple Cream Bon Bons
1 cup Butter (No substitutions)
3 ½ cups Powdered Sugar
3 tablespoons Maple Flavoring (I used 2 Tablespoons)
2 cups Walnuts -- chopped
2 cups Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1 cup Butterscotch Chips
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, sugar and maple flavoring until smooth. Stir in the walnuts.
Shape into 1 inch balls; place on wax paper lined baking sheets. Freeze until firm.
In a microwave or heavy saucepan, melt the chips; dip the balls and place on waxed paper lined baking sheets.
Refrigerate until hardened. Store in the refrigerator.
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Per Serving: 118 Calories; 7g Fat (51.9% calories from fat); 1g Protein; 14g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 9mg Cholesterol; 33mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Grain (Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Fat; 1 Other Carbohydrates.