Today is my turn to share something wonderful and yummy with you all, so let's get started! This is an easy recipe, but it tastes like a million bucks. I made hundreds of these a few weeks ago for my daughter's wedding and they were such a big hit that I'm thinking of making more of them for the holidays. Maybe you would like to try them too! They make wonderful hostess gifts as well as stocking stuffers. I'll even show you how you can package them for the holidays!
Combine with 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 3 minutes.
Remove pan from heat and stir in one 11.5 oz package of milk chocolate morsels. Stir vigorously and quickly so that the morsels melt completely and you don't end up with a lumpy mess!
Once melted, the chocolate should look smooth like the picture below:
Now it's time to stir in 3/4 teaspoon pure almond extract. Mix well to combine.
Transfer chocolate mixture to a small bowl and refrigerate for 1.5 - 2 hours.
While chocolate is chilling, finely chop 1 cup sliced almonds in a food processor. When chocolate is finished chilling, use the large side of a melon baller and scoop up chocolate.Roll into a smooth ball in your hands.
Then roll the ball of chocolate into the chopped almonds.
Place on waxed paper lined cookie sheet and refrigerate until set.After the truffles are sufficiently chilled, you can place them into paper candy cups. These come in a wide variety of colors and patterns and are available practically everywhere from grocery stores to craft stores to specialty kitchen supply stores. I like the ones pictured below from Sur la Table. You also may want to wrap the individual truffles in foil to keep them fresh. Sur la Table sells some made especially for candy and Michael's also sells packages of gold and silver wrappers in the cake decorating aisle.
Now it's time to package these goodies to give as gifts. This is the part that I love to do! I have a "thing" for detail in packaging. You can buy 2-inch square truffle or favor boxes at party stores or paper supply stores. I got mine at a wedding supply company online. Believe me after planning a wedding, I am an expert on these kinds of things! The boxes usually come in packages of 25. I prefer the 2-piece type with separate lids, as they are less flimsy than the one piece type.
To fill the boxes and cushion the truffles, you can use regular paper shredd that you can buy in craft stores. I painstakingly shredded vintage sheet music by hand using a paper cutter for my filling. If you happen to have an electric paper shredder that still shreds in strips (many of them are cross-cut types now) you can use that and save yourself hours of work, but I found many of those to cut the paper too wide for my taste. I have purchased this type of paper shred in the past at a couple different shops on Etsy, like this one here. Whatever you choose to fill your boxes with is fine.
To decorate the top of the truffle boxes, I used a 2-in scalloped edge circle punch to cut circles out of red holiday paper and adhered it to the box top with a glue stick. Then I layered an eyelet seal on top of the paper circle. These particular seals are from the Martha Stewart Craft line and were purchased at Walmart.
Using an old piece of millinery or silk flowers or a glittery floral pick like the one below, snip off some small leaves.
If the leaves are too big, just use your scissors to cut smaller leaves out of the big ones. It doesn't have to be perfect! Then hot glue the leaves to the center of the box.
Next add a tiny bow in a coordinating color.
And after that, glue on a small charm, vintage earring, discarded bead or old button like I used below. Finish off with some dots made with Platinum Stickles (or German glass glitter, if you prefer) to add some sparkle!
And Voila! You have party/hostess gifts or favors to give throughout the entire holiday season along with a delicious treat hidden inside!
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