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Martha Washington Balls

Posted by on Sep. 29, 2013 at 10:37 PM
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Martha Washington Balls

(These old fashioned candies taste like Almond joys.)

2 boxes of confectioner's sugar
1 stick of butter (1/2 cup), softened 
(must use real butter, no substitutes)
1-14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk 
1 tsp pure almond extract
1-14 oz bag pkg. shredded coconut 
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts
1-12 oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips 
1 bar paraffin

Cream together sugar and butter in a bowl;add milk. Stir in almond extract,coconut and nuts;mix well. Form candy into 1 inch balls. Place on waxed paper and refrigerate for 3 hours. Melt paraffin and chocolate in top of double boiler, stirring well. Remove from heat but allow chocolate to remain over hot water. (If chocolate becomes too thick, return to heat for a minute or so to thin). With toothpick, dip each ball in chocolate and place on waxed paper to set.

Alternatives: 
1. Just use melted chocolate chips w/o the paraffin. It is more difficult to get good coverage, messy and frustrating. You will not get the shine but you are not eating paraffin, if that bothers you.
(Shocking news: Most chocolates that you buy have paraffin mixed with the chocolate.) 
2. Use melted almond bark with a little vegetable oil or crisco added to get even coverage. Place dipped candies in the freezer for five minutes, to get the shine. (Almond bark will make the candies sweeter).

 

by on Sep. 29, 2013 at 10:37 PM
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Lauren486
by Lauren on Sep. 30, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Yum!  I have never made anything like this before but sounds delicious! 

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Sep. 30, 2013 at 7:19 AM

mmmm....I'll have to put these on my list of Christmas candies!

batjmom
by Sarah on Sep. 30, 2013 at 7:47 AM
Exactly what I was thinking

Quoting michiganmom116:

mmmm....I'll have to put these on my list of Christmas candies!

hriabywx4
by on Sep. 30, 2013 at 8:04 AM
My grandmothers make these with peanut butter inside! Yum! Reminds me, I need to call and get the recipe!
Peachy34500
by Gold Member on Sep. 30, 2013 at 9:05 AM
Yummy!!
MomofHDFandNWF
by on Sep. 30, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Definitely going on the "Christmas candies" list - looks WAY too good to keep in the house for an extended period of time....


EthansMomma2010
by Silver Member on Sep. 30, 2013 at 3:49 PM

 ooh i love almond joys. i may have to break my nondairy diet for these. ;)

kaybear123
by Kayla on Oct. 6, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Yum

megandwade
by Silver Member on Oct. 6, 2013 at 8:44 PM

I've heard of these, but don't think I've ever had them... Love almond joys!

4kidz916
by Bronze Member on Oct. 7, 2013 at 8:51 AM

My mom makes these every year at Christmas.  She puts a pecan half on top. 

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