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Chocolate Cinnamon Mud Balls

A friend's mother who knows I love to cook shared this recipe. These delicious candies won a blue ribbon at our local fair!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + freezing Cook: 10 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1-1/2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 2-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1/2 cup ground nuts, optional

Directions

  • Butter the sides of a heavy saucepan; add the first five ingredients. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until sugar is dissolved. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 238° (soft-ball stage). Remove from the heat. Cool, without stirring, until mixture reaches 110°.
  • Transfer to a large bowl; add the cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Beat until light-colored and stiff enough to knead, about 2 minutes. Knead mixture in bowl for 2 minutes or until smooth. Roll into 1-in. balls; cover and freeze for 20 minutes.
  • In a microwave, melt chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip balls in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Roll in nuts if desired. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 231 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 14mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 2g fiber), 1g protein.

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