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How to make Israel’s 'favorite dessert'

Chocolate balls are an easy-to-create iconic treat.

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  • Yield: 24-30 balls
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes

From Ika Cohen's award-winning confections, to the powerhouse Elite brand, to Max Brenner's global chain of shops, Israel is a nation that takes its chocolate seriously.

But it's really a homemade treat, rather than branded products, that remains the centerpiece of Israel's chocolate love affair: Israeli chocolate balls.

"They are easy, fast to prepare and a great recipe to make with kids, but not just for kids," Tal Cohen, an Israeli who owns Ba-li Cravings, a caterer in Ithaca, NY, told From The Grapevine.

What's more, the recipe is easy to alter – you can flavor to your liking with alcohol (for the adults, of course), coffee, caramel or chocolate chips.

Adapted from Tal Cohen's recipe:

Ingredients

  • 200-250 gram cookies – preferably Petit Beurre
  • 2 fluid ounces sugar
  • 4.5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4-5 tablespoon milk
  • For dipping: coconut sprinkles, anything else you so desire….

Directions

Crush the cookies – an easy way to do this is in a bag with a rolling pin. Leave some bigger pieces – these will make the balls nice and crunchy.

Add sugar, cacao, vanilla and melted butter and mix (best to do this by hand). Add milk as needed until you get a mix that is a bit sticky – this will enable the dips to cling to the balls.

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