12 Balls of Christmas: After-8 Balls

The 12 Balls of Christmas - (1)Amy:

For the seventh ball of Christmas I’d like to offer you….After-8 Balls!

After 8’s used to be one of my all time FAVOURITE treats over the holidays when I was a kid.  I guess it was the mint and chocolate combination that won me over.  Okay…still is one of my favourites.  Looking on the label this year I see that one of the ingredients is made from wheat so that makes another confection that people with celiac disease cannot partake in.  By the way, I was horrified last year (our first gluten free Christmas) to discover that Lindt Chocolate Balls contain barley malt (sad, sad day)!

Anywho.  This recipe is an easy homemade alternative!  I made them into balls to fit within the theme but I’m sure I could easily make them into squares. Just spread chocolate on some parchment paper (freeze), spread on the mint filling (freeze)….then add some more chocolate! I’ll have to try that later….

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut oil + 3 tsp, divided

3-4 tbsp honey (depending on sweetness preference)

2-3 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut

1 tsp-1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract

1 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

Directions:

1. Mix coconut oil and honey together well.  Add peppermint extract and shredded coconut. Refrigerate, stirring every 5 minutes or until it holds its shape.

2. Place baking sheet in the freezer for 5 minutes.  Line with parchment paper.  Using a spoon scoop about 1 teaspoon worth of mint mixture onto the paper.  Makes as smooth as possible but it will still taste good lumpy!  Place in the freezer for 5-10 minutes or until hard.

3. Microwave chocolate and 3 tsp coconut oil until very liquidly.  Remove mint balls from the freezer.  Dip bottoms into chocolate, return to parchment paper, freeze 5 minutes.

4. Place mint balls with coated bottoms on a fork and pour chocolate over top using a spoon.  Allow extra to drip off and return to the baking sheet. Finish remaining balls.

5. Freeze for another 10 minutes, until hard.

Store in the fridge!  Makes 12-14 balls

 

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