Greg has a theory that usually holds up. If you’re tasting wine or spirits and someone offers you food, you should take it and leave without buying a bottle. Of course alcohol tastes better when you’ve just had a fabulous piece of cheese or chased it with chocolate. Since I wasn’t tasting on our recent trip along the Bourbon Trail, it was only right I indulged in one or two of the chocolate bourbon balls offered along the way. My judgement of the bourbon wasn’t at all in question.
We bought two overpriced boxes of the sweet confections at Woodford Reserve and then saw a local candy store just down the way. C’est la vie, as the French say. Or, as we Americans say, well, crap.
Now, I don’t pretend to be a great candy maker and I had never made bourbon balls before, but this recipe over at All Recipes, by one “KY Piano Teacher” seemed to be the best approximation of what the distilleries were serving. The ingredient list simply calls for pecans, powdered sugar, butter, chocolate and of course Kentucky bourbon. Simply wonderful. So go check out her recipe. They’d be great for the holidays. Just don’t forget the pecan on top.