Chocolate Fudge

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In pre-Thermo days I made cheats fudge many times (using a melt in the microwave technique)   But let me tell you – cooking it this way is so much better!
It creates such a perfect texture and taste – very decadent and delicious. It is very rich and very sugary, so small portions are strongly advised! Don’t be tempted to cut them in to larger squares than suggested in the recipe, the small serving size is ample.
This freezes really well which is good if you want to make in advance. I would like to be able to tell you that having it stored in frozen form also acts as a deterrent from eating too much, but I have found that you can actually eat it almost straight from the freezer (my husband actually claims it tastes better that way!)

The base recipe below is very similar to quite a few that are floating about on the internet, I adapted my fudge by adding toppings.
I made one batch and roughly divided the tray into thirds and used three different flavours to top it before cutting:
Macadamia Nuts
Chopped Turkish Delight
Chopped Peppermint Crisp

I chose to push the toppings into the top of the fudge, but if you wanted to mix them through you would obviously have to do that before pouring into the tray.
Experiment to suit you own taste and preferred style of presentation. You could use any type of nuts (hazelnuts would be nice), cherries, coconut,  other candy/lolly style toppings, or just leave it plain.

Chocolate Fudge
 
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Recipe type: Sweet Snacks
Serves: 32 pieces
Ingredients
  • 200g chocolate (I use chocolate melts)
  • 200g sugar
  • 1 395g can sweetened condensed milk
  • 125g butter
  • 25g glucose syrup (I used Agave syrup)
Method
  1. Line a 25cm square baking tray with baking paper (extend up the sides for easy removal)
  2. Blitz the chocolate at speed 9, 10 seconds. Remove from the bowl.
  3. Mill the sugar speed 9, 10 seconds
  4. Add condensed milk, butter and glucose syrup to sugar and cook at 100 degrees, speed 3, 8 minutes.
  5. Then increase temperature to Varoma and cook for a further 20 minutes at speed 3 (MC off)
  6. Add chocolate back the mixture and stir through for 30 seconds speed 4. If you are adding nuts or cherries or something like that you would like combined through the whole mixture - add at this stage and mix through by hand with a spatula.
  7. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin. If you are adding flavours by topping with extra ingredients (chopped nuts, peppermint bar, Turkish delight, Matlesers etc) then press them into the top of the mixture.
  8. Refrigerate to set. Cut into 2cm squares to serve or gift.
Notes
This is very rich, so small servings are ample! 2-3cm squares are plenty.

 

Date & Oat Balls

Date&OatBallsI have quite a few fruit and nut ball recipes on the blog. They are a great snack to have in the fridge and a good alternative to cake or biscuits when I am craving something a bit sweet. I have had a few attempts at this recipe, but think I have finally nailed it. The original version of this had nuts included, but I have replaced them with sunflower seeds so that my kids can take them to school (our school has a nut-free policy but seeds are permitted. Check with your own school to clarify their policy on seeds).  The addition of oats means that they are not as sweet as some of my other recipes, and it also bulks the recipe out to a large quantity, making these ones cheaper to make.

You can use cocoa instead of cacao – but cacao definitely gives a better taste.

My other ball recipes are here:
Date, Coconut & Chia Balls
Fruit Balls (nut free)
Power Balls

Date & Oat Balls
 
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Recipe type: Balls and Raw Treats
Serves: 24-35
Ingredients
  • 110g rolled oats
  • 35g sunflower seeds
  • 35g chia seeds
  • 35g shredded coconut
  • 400g pitted dates (dried or medjool)
  • 1 Tbsp cacao
  • 2 tsp vanilla (paste, essence or extract)
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2-3 Tbsp cold water
Method
  1. Place all ingredients except water into the Tmx bowl and process speed 7, 20 seconds.
  2. Open lid, scrape sides down, add water if needed (to help bind and moisten the mix) and process for a further 20 seconds, slowly increasing speed from 1-9. Your machine will be working at close to full capacity so gently increase speed and stop and scrape sides down if needed.
  3. Open lid and check mixture. It should look a bit like coarse sand clump together easily.
  4. Depending on whether you have used medjool or dried dates you may need to process for a further 10-15 seconds. Add more water if required.
  5. Wet your hands and roll into balls. This makes a lot of balls, 24 large ones or 35+ smaller ones.

 

Fruit Balls

FruitBalls copyThese are great for lunchboxes as they have no nuts. They are a bit sweeter than the Power Balls and Date Balls as they have more dried fruit. They don’t last long in my house!  I make small balls and get between 22-25.

Fruit Balls
 
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Recipe type: Balls and Raw Treats
Serves: Approx 22 balls
Ingredients
  • 100 dates (I use Medjool but dried will work just as well. Remember to remove seeds if using Medjool)
  • 60g dried apricots
  • 30g dried apple slices
  • 90g desiccated coconut
  • Extra coconut for rolling
Method
  1. Combine all ingredients in Tmx bowl and mix at speed 7, 20 seconds.
  2. Remove lid and scrape sides of bowl down, then process for a further 20 seconds at speed 8-9.
  3. Shape teaspoon full amounts into balls and roll in coconut.
  4. Store covered in fridge

 

White Chocolate Rocky Road

RockyRoadA little bit of a different take on traditional rocky road. Great for Christmas treats or gifts. For an extra special twist you could also substitute some (or all) of the marshmallows with nougat chunks.

White Chocolate Rocky Road
 
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Recipe type: Sweet Snacks
Serves: 16-20 chunks
Ingredients
  • 125g Scotch finger biscuits
  • 200g White chocolate melts
  • 45g (1/3 cup) pistachio nuts
  • 40g (1/3 cup) dried cranberries
  • 20g (1/3 cup) shredded coconut
  • 60g (1 cup) mini marshmallows
Method
  1. Line a 20 x 20cm square cake tin with baking paper.
  2. Chop the biscuits in the Tmx speed 5, 3 seconds. I like the consistency to be partly fine crumbs with a few larger chunks left in.
  3. Remove biscuits from the bowl and wipe crumbs out with a paper towel. Don’t use anything damp to wipe it - make sure bowl stays dry!
  4. Place chocolate into the bowl and chop speed 9, 10 seconds. Scrape sides down then melt at 50 degrees, 4 minutes, speed 1.
  5. Add all other ingredients including biscuits back into the bowl and combine reverse speed 1, 5 seconds or until just combined.
  6. Pour into prepared tin and set in the fridge. One set cut into chunks to serve or wrap as a gift.

 

3-Ingredient Choc Balls

ChocBallsMy daughter made these at school once and bought the recipe home to share. Super easy for the kids to help make or do on their own. You can add rum or orange liqueur to the mix if you to create more traditional rum balls – or just leave them plain for a kid friendly option.
You can also ‘hide’ yummy things inside by forming the mix into a ball around treats such as
• a whole hazelnut
• a Rolo chocolate
• half a jersey caramel
• half a marshmallow
• a piece of glacé ginger or a glacé cherry
Just don’t put anything too hard in there or they could become a tooth breaker!

3-Ingredient Choc Balls
 
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Recipe type: Sweet Snacks
Serves: 30-40 balls
Ingredients
  • 1 packet milk arrowroot biscuits
  • 1 tin sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 Tbsp of cocoa or cacao (I use cacao)
  • Coconut or chocolate sprinkles for rolling
Method
  1. Place biscuits into Tmx and process into fine crumbs, speed 5, 5 seconds.
  2. Add condensed milk and cocoa and mix speed 5, 10 seconds until combined.
  3. Roll mixture into balls and coat in chocolate sprinkles or coconut. Store in the fridge. Easy Peasy!

 

Date, Chia and Coconut Balls

DateBalls copyThese were inspired by some shop bought date balls that my daughter loves. She helped me to re-create the same flavour at home with this recipe. These are really easy and great for lunchboxes with some vegetable sticks.

Date Balls
 
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Recipe type: Sweet Snacks
Serves: Approx 22 balls
Ingredients
  • 10 Medjool dates seeds removed (or 180g dried dates)
  • 90g desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • Extra coconut for rolling
Method
  1. Add dates, coconut and chia seeds in to Tmx bowl and process speed 7, 30 seconds.
  2. Scrape the sides of the bowl down and then process again a speed 9 for a further 10 seconds.
  3. Shape teaspoon full amounts into balls and roll in the extra coconut.
  4. Store sealed in the fridge.
Notes
If using all dried dates (not medjool) you may need to slightly decrease the quantity of coconut.

 

No-Bake Apricot Slice

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No-Bake Apricot Slice
 
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Recipe type: Baking, Sweet Treats
Serves: 20 slices
Ingredients
  • 100g marshmallows
  • 200g dried apricots
  • 1 packet Milk Arrowroot biscuits
  • 1 tin Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 Tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 150g cooking chocolate for topping
Method
  1. Grease and line a lamington tray with baking paper (extending above the long sides)
  2. Place marshmallows and apricots into Tmx bowl and chop speed 7, 10 seconds (until they are in small chunks). Remove from bowl and set aside.
  3. Place biscuits into bowl and crush into crumbs, speed 7, 7 seconds.
  4. Add marshmallows and apricots back into the bowl with coconut and condensed milk. Set lid to Closed Lid position and combine at interval speed for 1 minute (or until mixed through).
  5. Press mixture into tray and smooth down. Set in the fridge until firm (You can also place into the freezer if you need to speed things up).
  6. Once firm drizzle with melted chocolate and place back into the fridge until chocolate has set before slicing into serves.
MELTING CHOCOLATE
  1. Break chocolate into chunks and place into Tmx bowl.
  2. Chop for 5 seconds, speed 8
  3. Melt for 50 degrees, 5 minutes, speed 1.

 

Power Balls

PowerBalls copyOne Power Ball and I’m outta here! Not really – this is just what I call these tasty (and healthy) little raw food snacks.
There are lots of recipe versions of these around. This is one that I have created to suit our tastes. They are great for the kids to snack on but are not lunchbox friendly (due to the nuts). But I do have some nut free versions also that you can find here, here and here.

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Recipe type: Sweet Snacks
Serves: 22 small balls
Ingredients
  • 130g raw cashews (or you can use almonds if you prefer - but I love the creamy taste of the cashews!)
  • 4-6 dates
  • 4-6 prunes (if you are not a fan of prunes just use all dates)
  • 100g (about ½ cup) dried apricots
  • 1 Tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
Method
  1. Place the nuts in the Tmx bowl and grind speed 6, 5 seconds. Be careful not to turn them into powder!
  2. Add dried fruit and coconut and chop speed 6, 15 seconds.
  3. Add chia and blend speed 6, 5 seconds. The mixture will look crumbly but will hold when pressed together - check with a small piece. If it is not sticking then process for a bit longer or add a couple more dates.
  4. Scoop tablespoons of mixture and roll into balls. You can coat in more coconut if you like but I like these ones without. Store in sealed container in the fridge.