Holiday Amaretto Truffles | Courtesy of Sweet Paul Magazine

Makes about 30

1 cup whipping cream
1 lb good quality dark chocolate (get the good stuff!)
1 tablespoon Amaretto
cocoa powder
peppermint candy, finely crushed
pistachios, finely chopped


1. Put cream in a saucepan and slowly bring to a boil.
2. Place the chocolate and Amaretto in a bowl, and pour the cream over.
3. Stir gently to dissolve the chocolate.
4. Leave to cool.
5. When the mixture is set, use a spoon to scrape teaspoon-size balls. Use your hands to roll them into balls—messy but fun.
6. Roll the truffles in cocoa powder, peppermint, or pistachio.
7. Store in a cool place. But who are we kidding, they will be gone before you can say the word storage.

TIP You can easily make these without Amaretto, but I love the amazing taste of almonds with chocolate.

It’s totally allowed to lick your fingers after making truffles....

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!