Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Well, Labor Day IS the end of summer, right? So, maybe it is a little early to be thinking Christmas (although I've seen some stores already decorating- yuck!), but we're definitely looking forward to the cooler days here in Alabama. Here's a fun recipe that's especially nice on the holidays, although I've made it for parties. Actually, it tastes really good. And yes, I know it should be renamed, since everyone assumes the "surprise" is the RESULT of the main ingredient...

Surprise Chocolate Fudge
(from Light & Tasty)

1 can (15 oz) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 c. baking cocoa
3/4 c. butter or margarine, melted
1 T. vanilla
7 1/2 c. confectioners' sugar
1 c. chopped walnuts

In a microwave-safe dish, mash beans with a fork until smooth; cover and microwave for 1 1/2 minutes or until heated through. Add cocoa, butter and vanilla. Mixture will be thick. Slowly stir in sugar. Add nuts. Press mixture into a 9-inch square pan coated with nonstick spray. Cover and refrigerate until firm. Cut into 1 inch pieces. Yield: 3 1/2 lbs (81 pieces)


maryellenhuff said...

I'll have to take your word for it, while I LOVE chocolate I have yet to taste a bean that I like!

It is very hard for me to imagine that the same item that normally goes with things like rice and beef can also go well with chocolate, it just sounds like a very strange combination (you should see the look on my face!) but since chocolate makes everything better maybe that includes beans!!!! "-)

Charity said...

Remember, chocolate comes from a bean... so be nice to beans, MaryEllen ;O)

Kimberly said...

I think I'll have to skip this one...but of you make it I'd try it:)

maryellenhuff said...

That is the ONLY bean that I like, and boy do I like it!!! "-)

Marty said...

Sounds interesting....maybe I'll try it sometime!