These cocoa babies were probably over kill for Christmas this year, but I couldn't break tradition. I started making them for my chocoholic brothers several years ago. My family is big (and getting bigger again!) I have four (chocolate loving) brothers and three (equally chocolate loving) sisters. Our numbers exploded a few years ago as people started getting married and having babies so we switched to a gift exchange plan. I like to add a homemade gift to the package each year and for the boys it became traditionally, truffles.
Even though we did away with the Christmas exchange this year - everyone was spending more on the nieces and nephews anyways, so we switched to family gifts - I made a batch to share around our celebration.
These are very simple to make and that's part of the reason I love them. They're easy to squeeze in when you're busy in the kitchen. I follow Martha Stewarts recipe. I've wanted to branch out in my coating, I always use dutch cocoa because I'm in a hurry. I've toyed with the idea of adding something spicy (the way the brothers like things :) to the coating but haven't experimented yet.
We (siblings) celebrated together on Sunday. We had so much food, these barely got touched! But fortunately they store nicely in the freezer.
I made up a handful of these little gift boxes for my friends. They turned out quite cute and were a great way to give away the truffles and marshmallows. I have lots of paper left over so I'm eager to find more boxes for next years' goodies.