Twix Balls

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I had hoped to title this post “Redemption Is Mine!” or “Third Time’s a Charm!” Alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

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See I’m not the kind of person who, after failing at something, just wipes their hands clean of the whole situation and moves on. I HAVE to get it right or it’ll be on my mind day and night.

(My Mom likes to tell the story of how I locked myself in my bedroom when I was 2 and refused to come out until I learned how to tie my shoes. Hmph! I showed those laces! ;) )

Since failing miserably at my second attempt at making Gnudi, after a successful first attempt, I was on a mission to end on a high note. Come hell or high water, I was GOING to master those naked, cheesy ravioli again!

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Instead of making the same recipe for a third time though, I consulted my Everyday Pasta cook book by Giada De Laurentiis (adore) for a new one to try.

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Ricotta Gnudi in Parmesan Broth looked good to me!

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The recipe started out similar to the original one – combining ricotta and parmesan cheeses, eggs & spices together before stirring in flour.

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I shaped the dough into 3-sided dumplings with two spoons, then dredged them in more flour before dropping them into gently simmering water to cook for 4 minutes. As a final touch, warm, reduced chicken broth was drizzled on top, along with a pinch of parmesan cheese.

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Here’s what Giada’s gnudi looked like…

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And here’s what mine looked like…

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BAHAHAHAHA! Mmmmmyeah. Not the same. At all. They tasted worse than they looked, too! Flavorless, and gummy to boot. DANGITALL!! WHYYYY??

I think, despite everything telling me not to…I give up. I’m waving the proverbial white flag. You win, Gnudi. YOU WIIIIIIN! :cry:

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At least I had some delicious fruit salad to soothe myself with.

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Fresh raspberries, strawberries & a nectarine took away a bit of the sting…

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but what REALLY helped were…TWIX BALLS!!!!

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3 ingredients + 3 steps = candy balls that taste exactly like a Twix candy bar!

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These babies were supposed to come out tasting like S’mores – you know, everyone’s favorite campfire treat – but after I combined melted chocolate,

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marshmallow fluff,

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chopped chocolate chips & graham cracker crumbs,

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then rolled the dough into balls,

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and dunked them in more crushed graham crackers…

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There was no denying their uber-rich, Twix-like taste. :D

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Twix Balls

Print this recipe!

Yields 14 balls

Ingredients:
6oz milk chocolate chips, divided
1 1/4 cup marshmallow fluff
5 graham cracker sheets, divided

Directions:

  1. Melt 4oz chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring after each increment, until fully melted. Stir marshmallow fluff into melted chocolate in two batches. Set aside and let cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Roughly chop up remaining chocolate chips, then place three graham cracker sheets in a large, ziploc bag and crush until fine. Stir chopped chocolate chips & graham cracker crumbs into cooled chocolate/marshmallow mixture. You may need to use your hands to fully incorporate graham cracker crumbs. Roll the dough into 14 balls and place the balls on a plate.
  3. Crush remaining graham cracker sheets in the ziploc bag then empty the crumbs into a flat tin or dish. Roll each ball around in the crumbs, then place them back onto the plate and into the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes to harden.

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Seriously – I can’t believe how much these taste like the candy bar! Crayzee!

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The graham crackers mimic the taste of caramel and provide the cookie crunch, while the chewy chocolate is just mindblowingly mouthwatering. I figure it’s only appropriate to have two too, to (ha!) keep it as close to the real thing as possible. You understand. ;)

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Alrighty! After I clean up my disaster of a kitchen, Ben and I are off on a nice, long walk.

Have a good evening! :D

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Comments

  1. Twix balls!? Sign me up!

  2. OH MY GOD I LOVE YOU SO MUCH

  3. Michelle 06.28.2011

    Definitely making this for Canada Day on Friday. Yummo!

  4. DELICIOUS! Love this idea! Where did you get the recipe?

  5. Lauren 06.28.2011

    Oh my, Twix Balls!!!! They look and sound incredible. Sorry to hear about the Gnudi but I guess there are just some things that are not meant to be attempted without the experts.

  6. Elizabeth 06.28.2011

    Yummmm!! Who cares about the gnudi. Skip on over to that dessert!!

  7. Sorry about the gnudi, but those twix balls look amazing! :)

  8. Stephanie 06.28.2011

    Sorry about the gnudi…I’m sure it’s frustrating!! The Twix balls look awesome though!

  9. Loulou 06.28.2011

    Do you think your gnudi issues might have to do with the summer humidity? I know when I bake bread in the summer, the humidity can totally mess with the dough. Just a thought. Here’s another thought… you are my Twix Ball Hero! Can’t wait to make these :)

  10. Mm those look great!! Twix are my favorite.

  11. Bummer about the gnudi. Can I just say that that is an absolutely amazing photo of Giada? She is gorgeous!

  12. Yum! Drizzled with caramel I bet these would taste even more like Twix candies :) Either way, I am pretty certain I would eat them silly!

  13. ktlovespie 06.28.2011

    Sorry about the gnudi :-( but those Twix balls look amazing!

  14. Faith 06.28.2011

    Okay, so, funny story…my grandma’s made gnudis for years, but I always thought they were called “nudeys” as her funny name for a dumpling served without sauce or butter or another type of topping!

  15. Doug 06.28.2011

    Twix Balls and celebrating Canada Day Friday, Sold.

  16. girliefriend 06.28.2011

    I love that you’re a page folder. :D

  17. Melissa 06.28.2011

    My mouth is literally watering at those Twix Balls! Wow. Must make ASAP!

    Keep at the gnudi, girl! If anyone can do it, you can! Maybe try again after your birthday . . . after all, with age comes wisdom, right? ;)

  18. Oh good lord…I love some Twix!
    These look and sound delicious!!

  19. Oh heavens! I could go for some of those twix balls right now. Please and thank you!

  20. debbie 06.28.2011

    aw well, let’s be real, I would totally fail at making gnudi too! At least the Twix balls and fruit salad look delicious!

  21. Aleisa 06.28.2011

    Twix balls, yes please! In regards to the disappointing gnudi…I wonder if using freshly grated parmesan would help everything bind together without the gumminess issue? And maybe help intensify the flavor?? I don’t know…over the last couple of years, we’ve started buying bulk-size parmesan wedges (from Sam’s!). We grate it with a microplane (my favorite kitchen utensil) over pasta, roasted veggies, whatever. It’s not fancy, but it’s a great value, and we don’t have to feel bad about creating tremendous heaps of parmesan snow over our pasta dishes :)

  22. Mac 06.28.2011

    I love Giada, she is great! She would kick my butt too haha

  23. Mac 06.28.2011

    Once again another great creation made in Iowa!

  24. Joanna Aislinn 06.28.2011

    O. M. G. What a gloriously yummy idea! And they look TOO easy to make! Can’t wait to try this one!

  25. You have to stop making these drool-worthy desserts! I can’t tear my eyes off of them!

  26. I know my husband would love these balls! Ok, I would too. :)

  27. Kristen Waby 06.29.2011

    You realize that you are evil for showing the world your balls…Twix Balls! These look amazing. You need to have a mini cookbook of your own recipes!

  28. Oh, goodness. These Twix balls look great. I need to make them this weekend!

  29. Hope 06.29.2011

    Sorry that the gnudi didn’t work out. :( But wow, those twix balls look amazing!!!! They are one of my favorite candies. I totally have to make this! :)

  30. Kate 06.29.2011

    I will be trying the Gnudi again as well. Half of my first batch disintegrated into the water and the dough was suuppeer sticky so it was almost impossible to form any type of ball. I’m stubborn, so will try again.
    At least you had Twix ball success! They look fantastic!

  31. Nicole G 06.29.2011

    I have that same Giada cookbook! Can you believe my dad found a brand new copy at our local library for sale for $0.50? Seriously??!!! I was so excited! I’ve made a few successful recipies from it but not the Gnudi. Sorry it didn’t turn out! I hate when that happens to me!! But the Twix Balls? Those look awesome! I am putting those on my “To Try” list!

  32. McKenzie W. 06.29.2011

    I think you should try the older gnudi recipe again! Never give up!!

    Side note: I saw an advanced screening of the movie “Butter” last night, which is about butter carving at the Iowa State Fair. I thought of you, of course! When it comes out you have to see it!

  33. Think I may have to make these for the bf’s bday! Loooove me some Twix! Only 2… might be hard hehe.

  34. Stephanie 06.29.2011

    The hubs and I tried making gnudi this weekend for our anniversary dinner… and failed. Miserably. They completely disintegrated in the water. I hear you on needing to get something right or you think about it all the time! I’m still on the hunt for a foolproof gnudi recipe. I’ll let you know if I find one that works EVERY time! :)

  35. Who cares about the not so great gnudi, when you can whip up some sweet looking treats like those Twix balls. Sound great!

  36. dmc (Dawn) 06.29.2011

    Your’s look WAYYYY bigger, maybe that had something to do with it.

  37. krista 06.29.2011

    I LOVE Giada, especially her lines of cookware and pasta & sauces at Target. It’s funny how a lot of times, things don’t turn out the way they were supposed to from cookbooks– I tried making a yellow cake that someone proclaimed to the the best yellow cake ever.. I ended up with a rock. :(

    I’m pretty sure my boyfriend’s family would love me if we made these twix balls today, though.. hmm..

  38. Good for you for trying to get that dish right, I wish I was that determined because when it comes to food, I don’t challenge myself enough.

    Twix balls looks good. Hmm, Im thinking, reese’s peanut butter balls would be good too.

  39. Marre 06.29.2011

    Ahhh those twix balls look amazing. Almost too good–as in if I make them I will eat them all myself :)

  40. Gnudi just sounds so trivial when Twix balls come into the picture. :)

  41. joe 06.29.2011

    As Alec Baldwin once said, “You are gonna love my Schweddy Balls.”

  42. Ashley 06.29.2011

    holy balls! Those look fantastic. I’m going to make those this weekend for sure!

  43. Elyse 06.29.2011

    I hate that! For me it always seems I put the best things together on a whim, yet it never tastes as good when I try to go back and do it again. Nothing like a twix ball to lift your spirits though! Man, those look good! :-)

  44. jen 06.29.2011

    your gnudi look a little big compared to giada’s, maybe they didn’t cook for long enough?? ive made it before using this recipe – the key is using freshly grated parm cheese, not the powdery kraft kind in a jar. http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/spinach-and-ricotta-gnudi-with-tomato-butter-sauce good luck!

  45. Cait's Plate 06.29.2011

    Oh my goodness, those twix balls look AWESOME! I wish I had a few of them sitting in front of me right now!

  46. Jen 06.29.2011

    Not sure if this is the same thing.. but the recipe seems very similar. These have always worked out for me. Maybe because you drop the dough in the flour THEN roll? The recipe doesn’t call for salt and pepper but I usually add that!

    Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi
    1 bunch fresh spinach, stems removed
    1/2 cup flour
    1/2 cup bread crumbs
    3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    2 cups part-skim ricotta cheese

    Steam spinach just until wilted. Squeeze in a kitchen towel to remove all of the excess water and finely chop.

    Combine spinach, flour, bread crumbs, and both cheese in a bowl. Drop 1 tbsp into flour and roll into an oval. Repeat until 36 gnocchi are formed.

    Drop into a pot of boiling, salted water and cook until gnocchi float to the top, about 2 minutes. Makes six servings of six gnocchi.

  47. I adore Giada, too!! :)

  48. pamela 06.29.2011

    Just made the twix balls – SO so flippin’ good!! And way easier than the twix bars that I made before (which didn’t taste as twixy as these either). Hooray! And I laughed when I realized that I just bookmarked your “saucy balls” recipe the other day, too. :)

  49. Erin 06.29.2011

    Made the Twix balls today. O….M…..G!!! Delicious and Twix taste alike. Lovin it!

  50. Sarah 06.29.2011

    I just happened to have all of the ingredients, except I used graham cracker crumbs (from the box). DELISH!

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