Kosher Israeli Chocolate Balls
At Christmas time with all the tasty treats around us, my daughter was reminded of Israeli Chocolate Balls. She waxed nostolgic about all the different activities surrounding the infamous Chocolate Balls, also known as "Cadurai Shocolat." She spoke of them with a yearning that should have driven any decent mother out to the grocery store to gather the ingredients that would make her child happy. Alas, that didn't happen! But, now that the holidays are over and all the holiday goodies devoured, I am ready to tackle this! This is a a very simple treat that is extremely "kid friendly." In fact, when I started to prepare this recipe, I realized that I had only done this a handful of times before! When I called Tori in to help, she talked about the multitude of times and occasions, she and her classmates made Israeli Chocolate Balls. Although the recipe is kosher, you don't have to keep kosher to enjoy them!
What does it mean to be kosher?
For Orthodox Jews, there are some strict dietary rules. One of them, is that milk and meat cannot be eaten together. That means no cheeseburgers, no pepperoni pizza or meat lasagna. That also means that if your main meal includes meat, you will need to wait anywhere betweeh 2 and 6 hours before you can eat a dairy meal. Desserts present a particular challenge because a good percentage of them are made with some type of dairy product. Many women who keep kosher, have become adept at either adapting traditional recipes or creating their own. The recipe I am using today has been adapted from the original which included milk. If you would like to learn more about what it entails/means to keep kosher, check out this site: KIR
Ingredients for Chocolate Balls
- 8 ounces tea biscuits, either plain or chocolate
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp cocoa
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp margarine
- 1/2 cup coconut and/or sprinkles or any topping of your choice
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Instructions for Chocolate Balls
- Crush biscuits into small bowl.(I usually put the cookies in a sturdy storage bag and pound them with a mallet. The kids LOVE this part! Just make sure the bag is well sealed and doesn't rip.)
- Mix the sugar, cocoa and water in a small pot. Stir constantly, bring to a boil and remove from heat..
- Stir in margarine, and when it has melted, pour mixture over crumbs and mix.
- Form into small balls and roll balls in coconut, sprinkles, chopped nuts or powdered sugar.
- Chill and serve
B' Tayavon! ( Bon Appetit in Hebrew!)
A lot of people prefer to use a blender to crush the cookies.
A good flour sifter is great for powdered sugar, too!
Making Chocolate Balls
Last month, I attended a cookie exchange. One of the offerings there, were Mice Cookies.They were a big hit because they were so cute. The recipe was very similar. You could use the same recipe as above but shape them into these cute little mice. Here is the link for these cuties which does include their own recipe, as well: Mice Cookies.
Breakfast at Miriam's
This hub is tied in with the Miriam's Kitchen series. There are 20 installments on hubpages and they start with Breakfast at Miriams. If you haven't read any of these before, Miriam is my mother-in-law. She is also my confidante, mentor and friend. She is also one of the best cooks I have ever met. She was born in Morroco and lives in Israel. I had the opportunity to get to to know her and learn from her for the 12 years I lived in Israel. This series is a compilation of some of her recipes, history and our life when we lived in Israel.