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Kosher Israeli Chocolate Balls

The finished product!

The finished product!

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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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

10 min

20 min

about 2 dozen chocolate balls

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!)

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Making Chocolate Balls

This is all you need to make them.

This is all you need to make them.

Tori breaking up the bisquits!

Tori breaking up the bisquits!

Make sure your cookies are crushed very finely.

Make sure your cookies are crushed very finely.

Mouse Cookies

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.

Mice Cookies

So simple to make yet they look like you've worked on them all day!

So simple to make yet they look like you've worked on them all day!

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.

Meet Miriam

Miriam with her youngest great grand daughter

Miriam with her youngest great grand daughter

Comments

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on March 01, 2013:

Thank youi, Suzie! I hope you enjoy them!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on March 01, 2013:

Hi Randi,

These look yummy and so easy to make - love it!! Must give them a try so pinning for later, votes ++++ !

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on February 03, 2013:

Thank you, vespawoolf! I haven't tried the mouse cookies yet but I also think they ar adorable! i appreciate your generous comments!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on February 03, 2013:

The mice cookies are so cute! This sounds like a yummy treat. I enjoyed the step-by-step photos and tips. Thanks!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on January 28, 2013:

Thank you, Robin! Anytime!

Robin Grosswirth from New York on January 28, 2013:

Great recipes. Will remember to come back when I need this.

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on January 26, 2013:

Thank you, KoffeeKlatch Gals! They are yummy, especially when they are chilled!

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on January 26, 2013:

I definately will be trying this. It sounds so good. Up and useful.

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on January 24, 2013:

You're welcome, Chris! Glad you enjoyed it!

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on January 24, 2013:

Thanks for the kosher tutorial. That was very interesting. As for chocolate balls, must make, now. Well, probably not now, but I'll get to it soon. Thanks Randi. Sharing this one on my facebook freelance writers page. http://www.facebook.com/cam8510

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on January 24, 2013:

Thanks for stopping by, Jackie. It's a fun, easy recipe.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on January 24, 2013:

Thanks for the interesting facts I was unaware of and the recipes. I love chocolate and always looking for new recipe to fix. Thanks!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on January 23, 2013:

Thank you, Eddy! You have a wonderful day as well!

Eiddwen from Wales on January 23, 2013:

Mmm a definite for that recipe boook.

Thanks for sharing Randi and have a great day.

Eddy.

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on January 23, 2013:

I should have known you'd like the name of this one! Darn mandatory, exclusive titles! Well, Epi man, thank you for always giving this ego a big boost! Have a good night!

epigramman on January 23, 2013:

Chocolate balls? I knew I was coming home after work for two things which are probably the sweetest in the world:

1. Chocolate balls , of course

2. and Randi, naturally sweet , she is.

So says me , the Epi man .

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