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Chocolate Cinnamon Mud Balls

 Chocolate Cinnamon Mud Balls
A friend's mother who knows I love to cook shared this recipe. These delicious candies won a blue ribbon at our local fair!
18 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + freezing Cook: 10 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1-1/2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch salt
  • 2-1/2 cups (15 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1/2 cup ground nuts, optional

Directions

  • Butter the sides of a heavy saucepan; add the first five ingredients.
  • Cook and stir over medium-high heat until sugar is dissolved. Cook,
  • without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 238°
  • (soft-ball stage). Remove from the heat. Cool, without stirring,
  • until mixture reaches 110°.
  • Transfer to a large bowl; add the cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Beat
  • until light-colored and stiff enough to knead, about 2 minutes.
  • Knead mixture in bowl for 2 minutes or until smooth. Roll into 1-in.
  • balls; cover and freeze for 20 minutes.
  • In a microwave, melt chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip
  • balls in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Roll in nuts if

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Chocolate Cinnamon Mud Balls (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • desired. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set.
  • Yield: 3 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 231 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 14 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 1 g protein.