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In our opinion, these ARE worth the time – Homemade Frango minty chocolate truffles

INGREDIENTS
1 1/3 cups powdered sugar
2 sticks butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cap mint extract
1 12 ounce package chocolate chips
Dipping Chocolate (like those discs Wilton sells…or better quality if you can find it)

METHOD
In a mixer, beat the sugar and butter until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the egg, vanilla and mint and beat again. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave or a double boiler and add to the sugar mixture.

Spread in a buttered 8X8 pan and cool in the freezer for 30 minutes. While the fudge is cooling, melt the dipping chocolate according to package directions. Cut the fudge into 1X.5 inch rectangles and dip in the melted dipping chocolate. You must refrigerate these because of the raw egg.

DIRECTIONS

First, for the filling, I combined the butter and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl until combined and smooth.
Then I mixed in an egg and peppermint and vanilla extract.
Beat until combined.
Then, melt a bag of chocolate chips in the microwave.
Pour the melted chocolate into the butter mixture and…
mix again.Now transfer the mixture into a buttered 8 X 8 inch pan.
Spread evenly to cover.
Then freeze for at least 30 minutes. (I refrigerated mine overnight.) Once chilled, cut into little squares or rectangles.
The filling was pretty crumbly, much to my daughters’ pleasure, since they got to eat the “ugly” pieces. I still dipped the “screw ups” in the chocolate coating and then refrigerated them in a baggie for snacking. I might suggest using a knife warmed in hot water to try to minimize the crumbling.
To coat the mints, use candy melts. I went with a dark chocolate version that I picked up at my local candy-making store. If you don’t have access to a local candy-making or cake decorating supply store then you can purchase them online here: Wilton Dark Chocolate Candy Melts 12 Oz.
Gently brush any filling crumbles away before dipping in the coating so that your coating doesn’t end up with lumps from those crumbles suspended in the candy coating. Using a fork or spoon, roll the filling around until completely covered with the chocolate.
I can’t seem to find my candy making supplies, so I used a fork to scoop out the candies. Then I tapped the fork against the edge of my bowl so that the excess chocolate fell away from the filling. A candy fork or candy dipping tool would certainly make this step easier and less messy. I ended up using 6 forks over the course of the dipping process because the chocolate coating kept clumping together in the closely placed tines of my forks. Again, you can purchase a candy dipping set at a candy making or cake decorating store OR you can purchase this set online and save yourself the trip and the search. Just click on this link:  Wilton Candy Dipping Set
Set the coated meltaways on waxed paper to dry. I made a design on the top of each candy by touching my fork to the top, then quickly lifting it away after placing the chocolates onto the paper. It’s hard to believe that these messy looking chocolates looked so very pretty once placed in candy papers and arranged in a gift box. See?
Let’s go in for a close-up:Ahhh. Mint meltaway perfection!If you’re giving these away as a gift or taking them to a party, I strongly recommend dressing them up in candy papers. Again, I found mine at the candy making store. But I found these at Amazon.com too: Wilton Green/Red Mini Glassine Paper Candy Cups, Package of 72
Oh, and package them in gift boxes! It makes them seem so “fancy”! I used single layer, 1/2 lb. white candy boxes. If you’re giving these as teacher gifts, your kiddos can decorate/embellish the boxes however they choose for a personalized touch. Decorating the boxes was a perfect “boredom busting” craft project on snowy afternoon  with the kiddos stuck inside!  I had fun decorating a few myself too. I used some shiny, elasticized string to bind the boxes before transferring them to our fridge. Here are some Christmas-y boxes that I found on Amazon.com: Wilton set of 3 1/2 Pound Candy Boxes, just in case you can’t find them at a store close to you. By Krista’s Kitchen.
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