Making candy usually involves a good candy thermometer. Mine never seems to read correctly or perhaps my candy failures are due to user error. However, I love chocolate and have found two chocolate candies you can make without a candy thermometer. Therefore, I find these two recipes fail-proof and love to make these two chocolate candies for Christmas.
3 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter
2/3 cup evaporated milk
12 oz semisweet chocolate chips
7 oz jar marshmallow creme
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Butter the bottom and sides of 13″x9″ pan.
In a saucepan, melt sugar, butter, and evaporated milk. Bring it to a boil stirring constantly. Allow it boil for 5 minutes. The time is super important so watch it carefully.
After 5 minutes, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips. Once the chips have melted, stir in the marshmallow creme, vanilla, and nuts. As soon as it is well-combined, pour into the greased pan.
The fudge will set and then you can cut into squares. Store in a air-tight container either in the refrigerator or at room temperature.
Keto Chocolate Truffles
1 1/2 cups sugar-free chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
4 Tbsp butter
6 Tbsp Swerve sugar substitute
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, pour in the chocolate chips. Set aside.
In a saucepan, melt the butter, heavy cream, and sugar substitute stirring constantly until the mixture bubbles and steams. Pour this mixture over the chocolate chips. Do NOT stir. Allow it to sit for five minutes. Then stir. The chips should be melted and chocolatey mixture produced. Add the vanilla and stir until the mixture is smooth. Leave on counter until it is room temperature, then cover and refrigerate two hours.
Using a small cookie scoop, scoop portions of the now firm chocolate mixture. Roll into balls quickly so your body temperature doesn’t begin melting the chocolate. Then roll the balls through the cocoa powder to dust the sides. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
Both of these recipes are easy, but do require you watch the clock. I always set a timer so I don’t over or under cook the candy. These chocolate candies for Christmas make great additions to any sweet table, gifts, or just to satisfy your after dinner sweet tooth. However, these recipes are only for chocolate lovers. The richness, smoothness, sweetness will be sure to satisfy any chocolate craving. Try either recipe or both and let me know what you think.