Sunday, 17 October 2010

Comfort Eating & Chocolate Ball Syndrome: A Quick Warning Message

I have a kind of a story to tell, if only it serves as a warning to others.. Do NOT eat TWO lots of chocolate balls in 3 days! You could possibly end up with what I call Chocolate Ball Syndrome, which has very awful effects on your body..

The first thing that I would like to talk about is a serious issue that most people suffer from at one stage or another: Comfort eating!! 

Why do we comfort eat? Well, I do not know about the rest of you out there, but I do it when I become seriously depressed.. This doesn't happen very often, I am a happy person usually, but on occasion, I do become depressed..

When I talk about depression, I never talk about it lightly, nor any other mental illness for that matter.. So I hope I don't offend anybody if I seem a tad on the not so serious side.. That is me, I tend to make light of everything, there is no point making a drama out of things, so I tend to make things humorous, even though they are serious.. 

So a few weeks back, I sort of hit a rocky patch in life, which happens from time to time, and as a result, I became depressed.. The details are of no importance, what is though is what happened afterwards.. I started to binge eat, to comfort eat, which had very nasty effects on my body.. Again though, the details are of no importance, it is a simple case of cause and effect..

What did I decide to eat to comfort me? Well, who out there has had a chocolate ball? I have no idea where else in the world people make these, it is something that we do for parties and festivities here in Australia.. I shall share how to make these wicked little balls in a moment, so you too can make yourself sick!  

I must warn you though.. If you do make these, they are what one would call moreish!! So be prepared to have not one or two, more likely it would be 5 or 6 that you would need to satisfy :)

Chocolate Balls

200 grams Arrowroot Biscuits (any sweet plain biscuit will do!)
1/3 cup of Cocoa powder
1/3 cup of desiccated Coconut
1 tin of Condensed Milk

Extra (you can add 1/3 of a cup of choc chips also, not too many though! very yummy addition when you add the choc chips :) you could also add sultanas, probably about 1/2 a cup..) 

Just note that when adding extras to cooking, if you add too many extra dry ingredients, then you must balance it out with more wet ingredients.. And seeing as though we only use one can of condensed milk, then I suggest that you don't go too over board with the extras.. If you do you will find that upon rolling the mixture into balls, it falls apart.. That’s a general lesson that you can apply to most cooking, especially when baking..

 Now what you do is this..
  1. You crush the arrowroot biscuits down until almost powder by using a food processor.. If you have no food processor, then put them in a plastic bag and bash the bugger out of them! : P that works too! I do recommend that you leave about 5 or 6 biscuits whole though, break them up into very small pieces and add to the mixture.
  2.  Then you put the coconut and the cocoa into the bowl with the crushed biscuit and biscuit pieces and mix.. Once its mixed a little, add the condensed milk and mix until all the milk is absorbed into the mixture.. 
  3. Then you roll the mixture into little balls, whatever size you prefer, and roll them in more coconut and then place on a tray and put into the fridge.. Leave them to set over night and then you will have yummy yummy delicious chocolate balls for morning tea the next day..   
  4. *YaaaY*

Just don't go eating the whole batch in one night, because that is not good! If you suffer from food allergies then I must warn you! I could hardly walk for a week.. My feet were so swollen! And that was only half of the side effects.. 

I did feel sorry for myself very briefly, but then I thought no, it served me right for binging.. Lesson learnt,, for now :O   I shall now have to come up with a wonderful excuse for when my son asks me if we can make chocolate balls again though.. 


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