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Candy Cane Truffle Lollipops

 Candy Cane Truffle Lollipops
Let these too-cute truffle "lollipops" double as a festive treat and table topper. Refreshing peppermint and smooth and creamy chocolate make the perfect pair.
24 ServingsPrep: 40 min. + standing

Ingredients

  • 84 miniature candy canes, divided
  • 3 cups (18 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 tablespoon shortening

Directions

  • Remove hooks from 24 candy canes; set aside sticks. Crush hooks and
  • remaining candy canes.
  • Place 2 cups chocolate chips in a small bowl. In a small saucepan,
  • bring cream and 3/4 cup crushed candy canes to a boil; cook and stir
  • until candy canes are melted. Remove from the heat; stir in extract.
  • Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Cool to room temperature,
  • stirring occasionally. Refrigerate until firm.
  • Shape chocolate mixture into 24 balls; insert a candy cane stick into
  • each truffle. In a microwave, melt shortening and remaining
  • chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Dip truffles in chocolate; allow
  • excess to drip off. Roll in remaining crushed candy canes. Place on
  • waxed paper; let stand until set. Yield: 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 lollipop equals 209 calories, 10 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 10 mg cholesterol, 13 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.