Alex was busy with Matt and the presents were all dispersed, so I had no real plans with the boys this weekend. While reading a new magazine on saturday, I came across directions for simple but creamy chocolate truffles. I decided to make some and since Becky is fond of truffles I wrangled her into them as well. The catch was I had to help her with my special pasta recipe. Bonus. It was tastey too.
I prepared the ganache and rolled it into balls and Danny and Ricky helped roll them into the toppings. We had sweetened coconut, cocoa powder, and crushed hazelnuts. We greedily sampled them and realized it heps to tap off excess cocoa powder, otherwise you inhale it and start sputtering. Ricky as my biggest helper, even if he didn't like dark chocolate. His loss, they were tasty. I left half with her and packaged up a sampler for Alex before they disappeared.
This morning we decided to make caramels with the leftover cream, corn syrup, and vanilla. I had sugar and butter. Danny helped stir while I warmed up some leftover pasta. Charles helped deliver the sweets by running them up to the doors. I hope everyone enjoys them. I did cheat and ladled out some when it was at a soft ball stage for caramel sauce for icecream.  am saving that for something special. Still we had about 60 caramels, fourty were given away. The rest we ate.

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