Boozy Hot White Chocolate Balls recipe
Ooh only a few more days til the big day and it’s mayhem in our house. Everyone’s home, there’s washing everywhere, presents hidden all over the place, wrapped and unwrapped, and so much food, none of which is allowed to be eaten before Sunday. If you’ve lost the will to shop for anymore bloody presents, these Boozy Hot White Chocolate Balls make the ideal last minute gift, for someone you really love *you’re not really going to want to give these away*.
I’ve been ogling all the amazing hot chocolate bombs on Pinterest but bloody hell, I haven’t got time to pour chocolate into moulds at this time of the year. These Boozy Hot White Chocolate Balls are a kerfuffle free alternative; effectively they’re white chocolate truffles you stir into hot milk for the ultimate festive milky drink. There’s no pouring or moulding involved in my balls, just some scooping, rolling and dusting. I went for Amaretto to flavour mine, but try rum or even Baileys if you like.
These make elegant little gifts dropped into cellophane bags and tied with ribbon. But if I’m honest, Clyde drank all of these, so no last minutes gifts on hand for me.
I bloody love Amaretto, it’s my liqueur of choice, adding a toasty almond flavour to my hot white chocolate balls. The rest of the ingredients are simple, just cream and white chocolate and icing sugar for rolling.
Make a start with a large jug and the double cream. Heat in the microwave until just coming up to the boil. Or do this on the stove in a small saucepan.
Stir in the tipple of your choice then drop in the white chocolate and leave for a minute or two so it melts into the cream.
Stir until smooth then pop into the fridge to set. This will take 2 to 3 hours.
Once this white chocolate ganache has set, using a small ice cream scoop, fashion 7 to 8 truffles from the mixture. I only got 7, mainly based on me having one too many mouthfuls to check it tasted ok.
Place each ball onto a plate and pop back into the fridge to chill until firm.
Once they’ve firmed up again, roll them gently into smooth balls, then coat in a modest dusting of icing sugar.
These will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks; bag them up as a pretty gift for the white chocolate lover in your life.
Or these are now ready to meet some hot milk to make the most wonderful hot white chocolate. Heat around 300ml milk, place a boozy ball into a mug or glass then pour over the hot milk and stir to melt.
Go ahead and add a splash more liqueur to your hot white chocolate, if you like, it’s Christmas after all.
We’ve not quite reached Christmas Eve panic stations yet, but it’s not far off. So if you’ve left your shopping just a touch too late, what could be a more delicious gift than boozy balls?
A merry and restful Christmas to you and yours from me and mine.
Boozy Hot White Chocolate Balls recipe
Makes 7 to 8 balls
You will just need a large jug for this
75ml double cream
180g white chocolate, good quality is best here, chopped into small pieces
A pinch of salt
2 tablespoons of a spirit of your choosing, I went for Amaretto
2 tablespoons icing sugar for rolling
300ml milk, to serve, and a splash more of your chosen liqueur, if you like
Heat the cream in a large jug until just coming to the boil. Whisk in the booze of your choice, then drop in your chopped white chocolate and a pinch of salt. Leave for a minute or two so the chocolate melts, then whisk again to combine the ingredients, until smooth.
Put in the fridge to chill and set completely. Using a small ice cream scoop, or a tablespoon, scoop out the chocolate mixture into 7 to 8 balls. Place on a plate and pop back into the fridge to set until firm.
Once firm, roll the scoops into smooth balls and roll in the icing sugar. Place in little bags to gift, or keep in a jar in the fridge until you’re ready to make your boozy hot white chocolate.
To serve, heat 300ml milk until just boiling. Drop a white chocolate ball into a glass then pour over the hot milk. Stir until the ball has melted into the milk, feeling free to add a little more of your chosen liqueur to the milk for luck. Sip and feel warm and cosy.
The balls will keep for at least 2 weeks in the fridge, covered.
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