Georgia Magazine - January 2023 - 39

PEANUT BUTTER BALLS
Courtesy of Elizabeth Weaver
2 sticks butter, softened
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 (1-pound) box powdered sugar
1 cup pecans, finely chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Coating
1 (16-ounce) bag chocolate chips
1/4 block Gulf Wax paraffin, cut into smaller pieces with a knife
In a medium mixing bowl, combine butter, graham cracker
Making peanut butter balls is a holiday tradition for Elizabeth
Weaver's family.
" If I had to select one recipe that reminds me the most of
my mom's mom, Nanny, this would be it. Making these every
Christmas was-and is-a family staple. Nanny and Mom
would gather together grandchildren for an afternoon of
peanut-butter-ball-making. It is such a treasured memory, "
Elizabeth Weaver says. " The recipe doubles well, and you can
freeze the finished balls. They make great gifts and party
desserts. "
Adam Turoni graduated from the Culinary Institute
of America in New York, where he discovered his love of chocolate.
As co-owner of Chocolat by Adam Turoni in Savannah,
he handcrafts dozens of flavors of truffles, cordials, barks and
chocolate bars.
" We fill our truffles with ganache, either the heavier cream
ganache or the lighter and more delicate butter ganache,
depending on what I'm creating, " he says. " [The truffles] take
many shapes-some piped with delicate hearts and others
sprinkled with sea salt or finely chopped nuts. Some are rolled
in nuts; others are dipped in either white, milk or dark
chocolate. "
Turoni says he doesn't have a favorite truffle.
" That would be like asking someone to pick their favorite
child, " he says with a smile. " Every one has its own characteristics. "
Bebette
Smith is also well-versed in all things chocolate.
She studied chocolate-making in her home country of Belgium.
Twenty years after moving to Augusta with her American
husband, Larry, she opened La Bonbonnière in 2005, specializing
in Belgian chocolates.
" The name 'La Bonbonnière' means 'candy box,' and that's
one of our specialties, " she says. " We craft edible chocolate
boxes to package our creations, all made of Belgian chocolate.
It's very smooth, and the taste is unbelievable, and it's not quite
as strong as French chocolate.
crumbs and peanut butter. Add in powdered sugar and combine.
Mix in pecans and vanilla. Note: This mixture is very thick.
Roll into 1-inch balls. The mixture will hold together well if you
squeeze it in your hands a few times first and then roll the
1-inch balls.
In a small glass bowl or 2-cup, microwave-safe, liquidmeasuring
cup, add chocolate chips and small pieces of wax.
Place in the microwave and heat for 45 seconds. Stir mixture.
Heat for another 45 seconds. Stir mixture. If the chocolate is not
melted and smooth, heat for an additional 30 seconds and stir.
Using a toothpick or dipping tool, dip each ball in the
chocolate to coat and place on a piece of parchment or wax
paper to cool and set. Yields 3 dozen.
" I've found that Americans share their level of chocolate
sweetness with the Belgians, somewhere around 54 percent of
cocoa. The French like theirs around 90 percent-very dark and
almost bitter.
" People eat first with their eyes. That's why presentation
is a very important part of being a chocolatier. Seeing such a
beautiful creation only heightens the anticipation of the fabulous
tastes that all come together and complement each other. "
Good news for chocolate lovers
For several decades, studies from the American Heart
Association and other health organizations have shown that
eating chocolate can have health benefits.
" Chocolate is rich in antioxidants and has been reported to
help lower blood pressure and increase blood flow to the heart, "
says Jessie Moore, family and consumer science agent with
UGA Extension in Hall County. " Chocolate in moderation can
also help decrease the body's cortisol, the stress hormone. And
best of all, it's a yummy, delicious treat. "
Weaver agrees.
" Every once in a while, someone will come into our store
just to get one chocolate, " she says. " They'll say, 'I really need
something to make my day better' or 'It's my emergency
medicine.' Sometimes people just need a chocolate. "
Pamela A. Keene is a freelance writer from Flowery Branch.
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