Kahlua Balls

Filed Under (No-Bake Dessert) by Lisa on 30-11-2012

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In the past few months I have become a pinterest addict. I recently discovered a pin, that I just couldn’t resist making. Chocolate Kahlua Balls. Since I am a certified chocolate addict and I love putting booze in my cooking and baking, I was smitten for this recipe fast. A few days ago I gave it a go (changing bit of it to my liking of course). The result was a decadent chocolate ball with just a hint of Kahlua. The balls aren’t too sweet and are the perfect after dinner treat. Give them a try today.

Kahlua Balls
Adapted from dashrecipes.com

Makes 25-30 medium to large sized balls

2 squares bittersweet chocolate
¾ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 5 oz can evaporated milk
2 cups honey graham crumbs
1 ¼ cups gingersnap cookie crumbs
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup Kahlua
2+ cups medium unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup sliced or shredded hazelnuts

In a medium sized pot or saucepan melt the bittersweet chocolate and chocolate chips in the evaporated milk over low heat. Stir until blended. Remove from heat. Cool 20-25 minutes. Add all the remaining ingredients except coconut. Stir into the melted chocolate mixture. Shape the chocolate mixture into balls aprox 1 inch in size. Roll in coconut. Place on parchment paper (or waxed paper) to let set at least 1 hour. Place in an airtight container in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving. Enjoy.

The 2012 Festival of Trees

Filed Under (Personal) by Lisa on 27-11-2012

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I can’t believe it’s less then one month till Christmas time! Where has the year gone? It feels like it was just summer a couple weeks ago.

This year once again I decided to decorate a tree for the Vancouver Island University Festival of Trees.  Since my chocolate themed tree in 2011 was pretty popular I decided to make another chocolate tree for the festival. This year I called my tree “Chocolate Heaven“. I wanted to make a completely different style of chocolate tree then my previous one so I changed my color scheme. I went with burgundy and gold with red accents for my tree colors. I loaded my tree up with a lot of chocolate! I admit my tree this year wasn’t was glamorous as my 2011 tree but it was much more delicious. Hopefully a true chocolate lover takes home this tree at the end of the festival.

All the trees get raffled off this year (for the cheap price of $2.00 per raffle ticket). Sounds like a bargain to me!

Here is my chocolate themed tree

And other favorites from decorating day

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