Hey, y’all! I’ve missed you guys! I’ve been swamped and have had little time to Southern Bite. In fact, this weekend Laura, Heather and I worked for several hours to put together an awesome video tutorial for y’all on these super easy little truffles. Since then though, it seems every electronic device I touch goes haywire (it must be my amazing electromagnetism) so y’all will just have to forgive me for not having the video. But these were just too easy and delicious not to tell y’all about. You’ll also have to excuse the lack of photos. Again it was supposed to be a video, but you know what they say about the best laid plans.
Let me also send a quick shout out to Christy Jordan (our very own Southern Food Superstar and my incredibly awesome new twin sister) and the Southern Plate Family. Christy was super sweet to let me do a guest post on her ultra-fabulous blog and the response has been nothing short or completely overwhelming. Thanks to all of you who are visiting from Southern Plate and to those who have joined our email list. Christy – I love ya, girl!
You know, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Like, literally… it’s Monday. So rather than showing up with a box of store-bought chocolates, try these incredibly easy chocolate truffles.
Valentine’s has always been a big deal with me and my wife. Every year (it’s been going on nearly 15 years now so that’s a bunch of Valentines Days) was met with one of us trying to outdo the other with some over-the-top expression of love. One year I filled the huge tree outside her parents’ house with giant hearts and another year I covered her car with post-it note messages. You get the idea… I won’t bore y’all with all the other super-sappy years ~grins~! It’s always been something fun but completely wacky. Heather and I met in high school and dated for a while. We went off to college and nursing school proved to be too much strain on our relationship so we went our separate was. After college I bought a little house in a neighboring community and started building a life for myself. I had been there about a year when the house across the street from me went up for sale. An older lady lived there alone. Oddly enough, she had fallen in love with the little old man next door to her. Isn’t that cute? They got married and moved into his house and put hers up for sale. Several months passed and people were constantly over there looking at the house. Then one day, a moving truck arrived. I walked over to greet the new folks and welcome them to the neighborhood and you can imagine my astonishment when I learned that the person moving into that house was none other than my high school sweetheart (you guessed it, I know)! I mean what are the chances that of all the houses in all the neighborhoods that she buys the house across the street from me having no idea I lived there.??? (I had a new car and everything so there was no way for her to know.) The rest, as they say, is history. We have a beautiful, amazing little two-year-old now and life is great! Now on to the truffles…
FUN NEW UPDATE: Here’s a fun video I shot with my amazingly talented pal Evan from Evan & Co. showing how to make these super easy truffles…
- 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 – 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- coatings – I used some powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and some finely chopped pecans. Be creative!
- Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave using 30 second intervals. Stir between each until chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
- Stir in sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. (You can also stir in another flavoring too like raspberry, strawberry, or even orange.)
- Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature (about 2 hours). Waiting too long will cause the chocolate to get too hard. If that happens, you can just zap it in the microwave again to soften it up.
- Then roll into 3/4 inch balls and gently roll in any of your favorite coatings. See how easy that was!
- Now go surprise your Valentine!