This quick and easy recipe creates the perfect coating for chocolate cookies, fruit, pretzels or anything you can think of. Try it here!
Cover tray with wax paper.
Place chocolate chips and shortening in medium heat-proof bowl. In separate large heat-proof bowl, fill up to 1-inch (2.5 cm) depth with very warm water 100° to 110°F (38° to 45°C). Carefully place bowl with chocolate into bowl with water; water should come halfway up side of chocolate bowl.
Stir chocolate and shortening CONSTANTLY with dry rubber scraper until chocolate and shortening are melted and mixture is smooth. *Do NOT get water in bowl with chocolate. (If water cools, replace it with very warm water as directed above; water temperature is important to success). Remove chocolate bowl from inside water bowl.
With fork, dip chilled centers or other dipping items into chocolate mixture, one at a time; gently tap fork on edge of bowl to remove excess chocolate. (For a nice finish on the truffles, invert coated center on prepared tray; swirl small amount of melted chocolate on top to cover fork marks). Let chocolate candies stand until firm. Store candies loosely covered in cool, dry place.
Chilled Truffle Centres: Melt 3/4 cup (175 mL) butter in a heavy saucepan set over low heat. Add 3/4 cup (175 mL) HERSHEY'S Cocoa; stir until smooth. Add 1 can (398 mL) sweetened condensed milk; increase heat to medium. Cook, stirring constantly, for 4 minutes or until mixture is smooth and glossy with a pudding-like consistency. Remove from heat; stir in 1 tbsp (15 mL) vanilla. Cover and chill for 3 to 4 hours or until firm enough to roll. Shape into 1 1/4-inch (3 cm) balls; chill for 1 to 2 hours or until firm. Makes 2 1/2 dozen truffle centres.
Chocolate Candy In Molds: Melt chocolate with shortening as directed above; remove bowl from inside water bowl. Spoon chocolate mixture into plastic candy molds; let stand until firm. Invert molds over prepared tray; tap candy from molds onto tray. Store as directed above. Makes 4 dozen candies (about 1x1-1/2 inch/2.5 x 4 cm).