If I were Cupid, I’d be catapulting these balls at people instead of boring old arrows.
Wouldn’t that be fun?
And if an arrow never hurt anyone in mythology, then neither would a sprinkled chocolate ball splat between the eyes. Besides, they’d be much more convenient to carry around. Although I’d probably be the fattest, most jolly Cupid ever since I’d be stuffing half of these in my mouth all day instead of spreading the love.
There is something really special about these no-bake lovelies.
Anything that is served individually, without having to be cut, scores higher on the “special occasion” scale- not to mention the fact that each one can be decorated differently. This means that technically you need to sample each variety to have done your due diligence at the dessert table.
Will it be the round crunchy rainbow balls or the softer, more festive heart balls?
Correct answer: both.
If you have failed this test, you’re still a Sweet Tooth Warrior in training- and that’s ok. Your time will come.
Now, if you’re anything like my mother, you will snub every last one of these scrumptious bonbons for containing such tooth-cracking joy-crushers known as sprinkles. She believes that “other” mythological character known for jabbing a weapon into peoples’ rears is responsible for concocting such devilish frosting toppers.
In such a case, or one where you would prefer a balance against the sweetness, please go ahead and roll them in coconut or toasted nuts or even gummy bears. Whatever floats your boat.
They are decadent like a truffle, but soft and slightly chewy like caramel with an unmistakable sweetness parading about shamelessly.
If these were the only sweet things to grace my lips this Valentine’s Day, I’d have no complaints.
Pop open a can of liquid love.
Time to turn up the heat.
Resist the urge to make one giant ball. I did not. It took me down.
Sample the goods.
Somebody owes you one BIG kiss…well, to be fair, three.
Cupid’s Brazilian BonBons
Balls of fudgy cocoa with caramel-y undertones are rolled in a pile of festive nonpareils. Perfect for any party, these are simple and sweet. Less dense than truffles, but similarly rich, they are irresistible with their caramel-like chew. Party on, my Valentines!
- 1 – 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 1/2 T unsalted butter
- 3 T good quality cocoa powder, sifted
- pinch fine sea salt
- pinch espresso powder
- Place all ingredients into a heavy bottom pot and whisk to combine and to eliminate all lumps.
- Warm mixture on medium heat while stirring constantly until almost boiling. Immediately drop heat to medium-low and stir for 15-18 minutes, until mixture is very thick. If it gets too hot and is sizzling while you stir, remove from heat and mix until temperature drops enough to put it back on a lower heat.
- When mixture is thick enough that it pulls away from the sides and bottom while stirring and can almost hold its volume when pushed to one side of the pan, remove from heat and pour into a bowl to cool to room temperature.
- With slightly buttered hands, roll balls of cooled chocolate and then coat them entirely in sprinkles, nuts, coconut or any other delicious topping. Place in individual candy cups and serve. If not eating until the following day, refrigerate in a sealed container overnight and then allow to come to room temperature before serving. Enjoy!