Monday, October 10, 2011

Vegan MoFo - J is for Jaffa Balls

Jaffa balls are more like chocolate-orange flavoured truffles than the lollies I used to eat called jaffas. Jaffas are a chocolate-orange centred sweet with a crunchy shell rather than a coconut coating but it was the flavours in my balls that reminded me of jaffas so that's what I named them.

My venture into making vegan chocolate balls began when looking up an old rum ball recipe for my husband and son. The recipe only required one substitution, soy condensed milk for the regular condensed milk. After churning out a few batches, I decided to replace the rum and vanilla essense with some peppermint essense which resulted in delicious choc-mint balls. And after that jaffa balls followed...

The mixture is a cinch to put together with the help of a food processor to pulverise the biscuits. The biscuits in my recipes are a brand that is available in Australia which doesn't contain any animal products. Any type of plain sweet vegan biscuit could be used in their place. After combining the ingredients, it's worthwhile to put the mixing bowl in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. This firms up the mixture which makes rolling the balls a smoother process with not as much ending up on your hands.

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  1. I love that you experimented with different flavours because rum balls don't appeal to me but mint and jaffa ones do!

  2. Jaffa balls sound great! Again, something new I've never heard of!

  3. I have a post coming up that made me think of you and your jaffa and mint balls while I was writing it :) They still look good!

  4. Ooh, those are very pretty!

  5. Thanks Mandee, rum balls didn't appeal to me that much either but mint and orange flavoured ones are so much nicer.

    Thanks Jes, glad you like the sound of these!

    Thanks Kari, I enjoyed your post especially the part apart the truffles.

    Thanks Cadry, coconut covered chocolate balls are quite pretty.

    Thanks Jojo, they are yummy but dangerous to have around!