Monday, November 24, 2008

My semi-famous fudge

My mom taught me this recipe, that she got from a can of condensed milk once, and now every holiday I'm the designated fudge maker. It's really easy to make.

1 can condensed milk
1 1/2-2 bags Milk Chocolate Chips (or semi sweet if you prefer)
1 bag of chopped walnuts (or any nuts you prefer)
1 tablespoon of vanilla (optional, sometimes I forget to add this, but you probably won't notice if you do)
Aluminum foil or wax paper

1.In a double boiler, put the chocolate chips and let them melt. Add in the condensed milk to help with this and stir until melted and combined.

2. Add the nuts and stir completely. You can also add the vanilla now if you're using it.

3. Pour the mixture into a pan lined with aluminum foil or wax paper. Spread evenly.

4. Put in the refrigerator or freezer until hard.

5. Peel off wax paper or aluminum foil and cut into squares

6. Enjoy!

This fudge is pretty rich, so I would suggest cutting small or medium sized pieces. Leave it out for a while to allow it to soften a bit and become easier to eat. You can leave it out in an airtight container if you want, or store it in the refrigerator.

So my secret is out. I hope you enjoy it!

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Oreo Balls

I'm going to try to make these for thanksgiving along with my fudge and see how well they go over. If everyone likes them, I'll make them again for Christmas! I think I might try some mint Oreo cookies too. I bet they would be really good! I'm going to dip a few in white chocolate too (to change it up a bit, and my sister likes white chocolate).

Oreo Truffle Balls

1 (1 pound, 2 ounce) package Oreo cookies
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
2 (8 ounces) packages semi-sweet chocolate chips
8 ounces white chocolate, optional

* Use a good-quality chocolate. The taste and quality of these truffles are dependent on the quality of chocolate you start with.

Lin two large baking or cookie sheets with wax paper or a silpad; set aside.

In a food processor or blender, process and crush all of the Oreo cookies into fine crumbs. Add cream cheese and process until thoroughly mixed (there should be no white traces of cream cheese). Using your hands, roll into walnut-size balls, approximately 3/4-inch diameter. If the mixture becomes too soft to work, place the remaining mixture back into the refrigerator to slightly harden. Place Oreo Balls on the lined baking sheet and refrigerate or at least 45 to 60 minutes.


* The Oreo Balls may be stored in the freezer for up to 1 week.

* If you put the Oreo balls in the freezer for a short time before dipping in chocolate, this helps keep the balls cold longer. I also put the cookie sheets in the freezer first so they are really cold when I place the chocolate covered Oregon Truffle Balls onto the cookie sheet.

Using one of the below methods, melt the chocolate chips:

Double Boiler:

In the top of a double boiler over hot water, not boiling water (don't let the bottom of the bowl touch the water, melt chocolate; stirring until smooth. Be careful boiling water may cause steam droplets to get into chocolate which can result in "seizing," when the chocolate becomes stiff and grainy. NOTE: If you don't have a double boiler you can improvise one by placing a glass or stainless steel bowl over a pot of simmering water. Remove from heat. Let the chocolate cool slightly, but it should not set.

Microwave Melting Chocolate:

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips using either the defrost setting or 10-percent power in the microwave. Microwave for 1 minute, then check and stir. If you need more time, do it in 10 to 20 seconds intervals and check and stir after each addition of microwave time. Remove the container from the microwave and stir the chocolate until completely melted. Baking chips and baking chocolate may appear formed and un-melted after heating but will become fluid after stirring. Blend in cream, brandy, liqueur, or coffee

When ready to coat with chocolate, remove the chilled Oreo Balls from the refrigerator. Replace wax paper on baking sheets if they are not clean. NOTE: A small fork, toothpicks, or chopsticks are great to use as dipping tool. Dip each Oreo Ball into the melted chocolate, allowing the excess to drip back into the pot. Place the Oreo Truffle Balls onto the wax paper. NOTE: If the chocolate gets too hard to dip well, reheat it over the double boiler or in the microwave.

Optional: In a separate bowl either melt the white chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave. When melted, using a fork, drizzle white chocolate over the harden chocolate balls to decorate.

Let Oreo Truffle Balls harden and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Makes 40 to 50 candy balls, depending on the size balls your roll.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

More chocolate craziness

The more I dig the more crazy chocolate stuff I find! I'm sure your sick of posts on this subject by now (or intrigued like I am) but here are two more chocolate treats.

First up is chocolate monopoly. It's a twist on the original game, because the pieces and properties are made out of chocolate. The winner gets to eat them all. I guess this isn't a game you can play more than once!
You can buy this one from BoardGameGeek

This is not the game Monopoly except in name only.
The name is licensed from Hasbro but any similarity ends there.
The player whose turn it is spins a spinner. This determines where the player places a chocolate piece representing a property color. When all properties of that color
or railroad have been placed the next player to spin that color or railroad gets
to eat all those chocolates. There are 32 pieces of milk chocolate in the game.
The winner is the player who accumulates and eats the most pieces of chocolate

Description also from BoardGameGeek.

There's also a version called Chocolate-opoly.

You can buy this version from

Chocolate-opoly...A decadently delicious property trading game for chocolate lovers! Dark, milk, bittersweet, semi-sweet, in a shake, filled with caramel, covered in nuts, or as a warm, frothy brew - there's nothing the cocoa bean can't do. In Chocolate-opoly players buy favorite chocolate properties, collect chunks of chocolate and trade them in for chocolate factories. Sounds easy enough but pay your conching fees, suppress your cravings or get sent to Chocoholics Anonymous and it becomes a little more difficult...and a lot more fun! So choose your token and roll the dice! Who knows? You may be chosen as a "Supertaster" or you may experience Death by Chocolate. Here's a game for the true chocophile! For 2-6 players, ages 8 to adult.

Description also from

There's also a lot of recipes for chocolate covered bacon! It sounds kinda
gross...but here's the recipe if you're interested

Chocolate Covered Bacon
Original recipe by PartySugar

6-8 slices thick cut, best quality bacon
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 ounces white chocolate, melted, optional for garnish

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
2. Place the bacon on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in the oven, until bacon is cooked to your liking. 15 minutes for soft bacon, 20 minutes for crispy bacon.
3. Let bacon cool on the parchment paper for 5 minutes then transfer to a plate lined with paper towels.
4. Meanwhile set up a double boiler. Heat a large saucepan filled with water over high heat until boiling. Reduce heat to a simmer.
5. Set a heat-proof bowl over the simmering water. Add the chocolate chips and stir with a fork until smooth and completely melted.
6. Cover another baking sheet with parchment paper.
7. Using tongs, carefully dip the bacon into the melted chocolate turning to coat all sides in chocolate. Transfer to the clean sheet of waiting parchment paper. Repeat with remaining slices of bacon.
8. Drizzle with the white chocolate, if desired.
9. Refrigerate until chocolate is hard.
10. Once cool, enjoy!

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More weird chocolate

I found a few more weird items.

At Toe-Food Chocolates and Candy they have a 10 oz. chocolate foot! Great for the chocoholic on your christmas list that also has a foot fetish!

At Chocolate Cheers you can customize a 10 lbs bar of chocolate into an american express card for only $75!

I sure hope that's not her real card number! lol

At The Candy Shop you can buy chocolate covered gummy bears!

These are just cavities waiting to happen.
I love chocolate, but I might have to pass on a few of these. I don't really think chocolate and gummy bears would go well together. I know if I tried to eat 10lbs of chocolate that I would fall into some sort of coma (but I WOULD try it!) And the chocolate foot reminds me of a squeeky toy that I had for my dog Panther that was a foot. He ended up chewing all of the toes off of it. Maybe not the best toy idea for him lol. Actually though, once you at the toes off of the chocolate foot, then it's just a big hunk of chocolate!
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Weird chocolate creations

While I was surfing the web, I ran across some rather strange chocolate concoctions.
On I found things such as:
chocolate brains (some with cherry filling!)

A chocolate casket

A chocolate tooth (also in white chocolate)

And last but certainly not least:

An anatomically correct chocolate heart
(this would be a great X-mas gift for anatomy students)

There are a few more items on the site if you want to take a look yourself. They're kind of creepy...but who am I kidding, I'd still eat them! The chocolate tooth is actually pretty cute too. Good for anyone with a sweet tooth!
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Too dark to tattoo?

I remember when I got my first tattoos. I went to the shop a few times to talk to the artists before I got it. I wanted the Eye of Horus and an Ankh because I love anything egyptian, and well...they stood for wisdom and eternal life. How cool is that? I had this great idea of having my tattoos outlined in black, but filled in or shaded in purple. The guy working there told me because of my skin tone (aka because I'm black) that color wouldn't show up well on me and would eventually turn a icky muddy brown or grey color after it healed. I decided to get mine done in all black, and as it turns out, I loved them! I loved my tattoo artist's idea of shading them instead of filling them in all the way too. I had no clue what that meant, but he said he'd shade them for me and if I didn't like it then he would fill them in completely. I loved what he did so I didn't get them filled in all of the way. I guess that's a common problem with some black people though. I know some people worry about if lighter colors would even show up on their skin. I'm not even that dark either. As you can see on my other blog, I'm somewhere between caramel and milk chocolate lol.

I ran across this posting of another black girl asking about tattooing. Apparently doing color isn't as hard as it seems.

Expert: The GYPSY - Professional Tattoo Artist and Body PiercerDate: 3/24/2004

Subject: Milk chocolate colored skin Question. Thanks, in advance, for your

FACTS:I am a black girl with skin that is aproximately the color of a kit kat bar. I don't like sunlight, so I'm always about this shade. I want a colorful backpiece that represents my love of the differences between the seasons.

QUESTIONS:What kinds of colors will show up best? How will healing affect the final results? How do I find an artist that specializes in my skin type? Do you know of any?Again, your time is valued, and greatly appreciated.

Cayenne Moody :o)


Chocolate Brown skin is not as diffulcult as some people think to tattoo. There are just a few thinks to remember.... Dark skin has a tendency to Keloid so the artist you choose must be familur with this problem so that they know and understand the correct needle depths. When deciding on your colors stay with Darker colors such as Blues, Reds, Greens and Purples. Your darker skin tone will show through the lighter colors such as Orange, Yellow and White. Deepending on how dark your skin is sometimes using a deep uncut purple is better for your outline than using black. The darker the skin the greener black looks in the skin. Deep uncut purple seems to appear black in real dark skin. Make sure your artist uses a wider line as thin lines are hard to see in dark skinned people. The artist that you need to look for is any qualified, licensed, professional artist with years of experience. If you would like an idea of what to look for in an artist or studio you can visit my FAQ page at hope this has been of some help to you. If I can be of any further assistance please let me know.


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I guess it all just depends on the tattoo artist.
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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Different Molten Cakes

I saw this on the menu the last time I was at Chilis. I didn't get it, because I LOVE the original Chocolate Molten cake, but it looked interesting. Plus I'm not a really big fan of white chocolate (as I've said before).

(Sorry, couldn't find a pic, but it looks like the white chocolate one with chocolate chips in it)
Warm chocolate chip cookie cake with milk chocolate fudge filling. Topped with vanilla ice cream under a crunchy chocolate shell.

They also have a White Chocolate Molten cake:

Warm white chocolate cake with a white chocolate filling, raspberry sauce and white chocolate curls. Topped with vanilla ice cream under a crunchy white chocolate shell.

All of this is making me hungry! I think I might finish off that last slice of Hershey cream pie!
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Cake with no eggs

I saw another recipe on In Iowa Today but this one I actually wanted to try! It's a cake made with no eggs! How many times have you been ready to make some cake (probably store bought) only to realize you don't have any eggs? It's so hard to remember to get those little things, and then when you do remember, sometimes they sit in the bottom of the fridge, or the door forever.

I swear, when you have plenty of eggs, you forget about them or don't use them, and when you need some there aren't any to be found! Once again she took a picture of the ones she made. I think I have everything I need to make this one...except cocoa powder....*grumbles*

Wacky Cake
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon vinegar
5 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup water, cold
Mix flour, sugar, cocoa, soda and salt.Make three wells in the flour mixture.In one put vanilla; in another the vinegar, and in the third the oil.Pour 1 c cold water over all and stir.No need to beat.Pour into 8 x 8-inch pan.Bake at 350 degrees F oven until it springs back, about 30 minutes

Peanut Butter Frosting
1/2 cup peanut butter, smooth
5 tablespoons margarine, softened
1 cup powdered sugar (or more, to taste)
1-3 tablespoon milk (optional)
Beat butters together with electric mixer, add sugar. If too thick, add a little milk

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Cake in a cup

I saw this recipe on a fellow WPLHers blog. I've never heard of it and it sounds like it would be dreadful, but it's a cake in a mug that you mix together and then put in the microwave. Eww. I've been desperate for chocolate, but not THIS desperate.

4 T flour
4 T sugar
2 T cocoa
Mix together dry ingredients
1 egg
splash of vanilla
3 T oil
3 T milk
3 T chocolate chips (optional)

Mix wet ingredients into dry and mix well right in the mug. Microwave for 3 1/2 minutes. Allow to cool for a bit and sprinkle with powdered sugar or frost.

She even took a picture of the one she made on her blog In Iowa Today. It looks good...but I gotta think that it wouldn't taste that good.

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I know I've been all over the place with this blog, but I'm going to try to find some good tattoo info today. I've been wanting to get another tattoo. Speaking of, here are my two tattoos!

They're a little bigger than this of course, and I won't tell you where they are! I love them though, and I've always wanted a few more. If I had my way, I would be tattooed all over like Kat Von D. Well, maybe not the face or hands so much.

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