Peppermint Chocolate Balls
A dye that has been lead back to cancer? Sure add that in my dessert... Red 40 which is in regular candy canes have been known to cause cancer. Now, having one here & there during the holidays.. won't be enough to cause cancer, but the idea that too much of it can? I don't really think I want to take my chances when there are so many other great products out there WITHOUT cancerous dyes.. That is where this recipe comes into play!
I am all for not skimping on the taste where classics are concerned & Oreo balls are one of them! However, I am not going to lie, even though it is "once" a year, I still follow HGHF
real food, real ingredients 98% of the time during the holidays. I am being 100% serious when I say you will not miss the crappy other ingredients in the regular Oreo balls. You might be rolling your eyes at this point or you maybe nodding a long with me! Either way believers or skeptics I have the ingredient lists below to sway your thoughts to writing down my ingredients to these next time you make them!! Which should be right away :)
Annie's Organic Chocolate Grabbits vs. Oreos
Organic Wheat Flour, Organic Powdered Sugar, Organic Palm Oil, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Cocoa Processed with Alkali, Organic Invert Cane Syrup, Organic Tapioca Starch, Leavening (Baking Soda, Ammonium Bicarbonate), Sea Salt, Organic Soy Lecithin, Organic Chocolate, Natural Flavor.
Sugar, Unbleached enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mono-nitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), folic acid) High oleic canola oil and/or palm oil and/or canola oil, Cocoa (treated with alkali )High-fructose corn syrup, Leavening agent (baking soda and/or monocalcium phosphate)Corn starch, Salt, Soy lecithin, Vanillin, Chocolate, Palm oil
*** I bolded a few things in Oreos that make me grab for the Annies box, the high-fructose corn syrup that can cause serious health diseases, enriched flour & then there is also vanillin which is fake vanilla.
Classic Candy Canes. VS. Organic Candy Canes
Classic Candy Canes:
sugar, corn syrup, peppermint oil, red 40, red 40 lake.
Organic Candy Canes:
Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Brown Rice syrup, Organic Fruit and Organic Vegetable Juice Concentrate for color ( red radish, apple, black currant), natural flavors
** I was so happy when I found candy canes that used actually fruit & vegetable juice instead of the artificial dyes as seen above.
By breaking these down, I don't want in anyway to make you feel BAD for grabbing an Oreo or shaming you if you have something with high fructose corn syrup. What the purpose is, is to educate us, have us become aware of what actually is in our food. Then realizing how we fuel our body, decides how our body functions & it is a vicious (beautiful) cycle.
1 box Annies Grabbit Chocolate Sandwich Cookie
1 8oz block of cream cheese
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1 bag white chocolate chips
6 organic candy canes
Makes 15 Peppermint Chocolate Balls
1. In a high power blender add the whole container of chocolate sandwich cookies & blend on medium until full crushed & incorporated then pour into a large mixing bowl
2. In a microwave safe bowl add in the cream cheese block & zap for about 15 seconds to warm it a bit. Then add the cream cheese to the chocolate sandwich mixture & with a spatula work in the cream cheese to fully combine. Then add in the peppermint extract & mix fully.
3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, roll chocolate peppermint cream mixture into 15 balls & freeze for at least 30 minutes. While it is freezing you will start to melt the chocolate. In a small stock pot fill half way with water. Then place a microwave safe bowl-- I like to use glass bowl, that will hover over the opening of the stock pot & lay perfectly to hover over the water & cradle the pot. Then add in the white chocolate chips to the glass bowl & turn heat on medium. Then add a tsp of coconut oil to the white chocolate. This will help it thin nicely & help melt perfectly. Take a spatula & continue to stir off & on, until fully melted.
4. Take candy canes out of wrapping & smash them into small bite sized pieces. I like to put them in a bag, take a rolling pin & roll over the canes. Then set aside.
5. Take the chocolate peppermint balls out of the freezer, then with tongs take each ball & coat them in the white chocolate, then place back onto their spot on the parchment paper & sprinkle with the crushed candy canes. Repeat until all of them are done. Then place back in freezer for at least another 45 minutes.
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