Maple Nut Chocolate Candies
 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 stick {1/2 cup} butter, cubed
  • 1 can {14 oz} sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 lbs confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups chopped nuts {pecans or walnuts}
  • 2½ tsp maple flavoring
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 24 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 tsp shortening
Instructions
  1. Combine sweetened condensed milk and butter in a small saucepan. Heat on low until butter is melted. Remove from heat.
  2. While the butter is melting, put the sugar in a large bowl. Add the milk and butter mixture to the bowl and beat until nice and smooth.
  3. Stir in the chopped nuts, maple flavoring, and vanilla extract. Stir until well combined.
  4. Roll into ¾ in - 1 in balls and place on waxed paper lined baking sheets.
  5. Refrigerate until very firm {1-2 hours}.
  6. Melt chips and shortening in a microwave safe container. Microwave on high in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until chips are melted and chocolate is smooth.
  7. Dip the balls into the chocolate allowing the excess to drip off.
  8. Place balls onto waxed paper and let stand until chocolate is set.
  9. Store in an airtight container.
Notes
I do my chocolate dipping in batches. I heat up half of the chocolate and shortening and dip the balls and then heat up the the other half and dip the remaining. You can also freeze the balls before they are dipped. Just thaw the candy before dipping into the melted chocolate.
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home magazine.
Recipe by Mom On Timeout at http://www.momontimeout.com/2012/12/maple-nut-chocolate-candies/