Chocolate Bacon Bourbon Balls is a recipe I’ve been experimenting in preparation for football season. Football only a few months away, so I figured I’d start early with some new ideas and recipes.
I have to give credit when credit is due. This recipe was inspired by Martha and Jack’s Bourbon Truffle recipe over at A Family Feast. I took their recipe and gave it my own twists with more chocolate goodness and bacon.
This recipe is also inspired by a few of my favorite things: chocolate, bacon, bourbon, and college football (go bulldawgs!). Plus, bacon and bourbon seem to go hand-in-hand with football, at least it does here in the south. I can’t walk out of a college football game without seeing the stadium littered with small empty bourbon bottles. It’s a tradition, but one I’ve never partook inside a stadium.
Chocolate Bacon Bourbon Balls are perfect for tailgates for a few simple reasons. First, they are small and can be eaten with the fingers. Second, the bourbon balances out the overall sweetness of the sugar and gives you plenty of satisfaction with a single ball. Third, these can be made will in advance, so there’s one less thing to prepare the day of the tailgate.
Anyways, this recipe is pretty damn simple and flexible. If you don’t like bourbon, feel free to omit it. However, you still need to add some kind of liquid to help bind everything together. You could try using water, honey, fruit juice, beer (like a stout or porter). Don’t want use coco crispies? Replace it with whatever cereal you’d like. These might be pretty damn awesome with cinnamon toast crunch. Another tip for using bourbon, I sometimes find the 1/4 cup of bourbon to be too much. I’ll sometimes back the bourbon down to 2 tbsp and add another 2 tbsp of water to make up for the lost volume. If you want to make these kid friendly, just remove the bourbon all together and replace with a 1/4 cup of water. They are still delicious.
The recipe creates a gooey mess. I recommend wearing nitrile gloves when handling the mixture and rolling out your balls. This will make clean up a little easier. When forming your ball, you’ll also want to use a good bit of pressure to press the balls into their shape. Too loose of a pack and they’ll crumble before you can get them to your mouth.
Anyways, I hope you enjoy this recipe. I enjoyed experimenting with it. Please don’t forget to follow us on pintrist, facebook, instagram, and twitter.
Chop the cocoa crispies and bacon in a food processor until very fine crumbs are formed.
Add the crumbs to a mixing bowl and add the cocoa powder, and the one cup of powdered sugar.
Mix together the bourbon, corn syrup, and water in a small bowl and mix together with the crumb mixture.
Stir to combine everything thoroughly.
Roll into one inch diameter balls. Should yield about a dozen.
Roll the balls in the remaining 1/4 cup of powdered sugar.
Place into an air-tight container until ready to serve.
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