Over A Cup: ‘Chocolate Mice’ a treat for the holidays

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Diane Prather

‘Charlotte’s Orange Julius’

To make “Charlotte’s Orange Julius,” you’ll need:

• 1 (6-ounce) can frozen orange concentrate (or use pineapple/orange or pineapple, etc)

• 1 cup milk

• ½ cup sugar

• 1 cup water

• 8 to 10 ice cubes

Put all of the ingredients in a blender and whip at high speed. Makes 6 to 8 glasses.

— Recipe contributed by Charlotte Allum, of Fort Collins

Here it is at last — the recipe for chocolate mice.

It was sent in by Dollie Frentress, of Craig.

To make “Chocolate Eve Mice,” you will need these ingredients: 24 double-stuffed cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies; 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips; 2 teaspoons shortening; 24 red maraschino cherries with stems (well-drained);24 milk chocolate kisses; 48 sliced almonds; 1 small tube green decorative icing gel; and 1 small tube red decorative icing gel.

Carefully twist cookies apart; set aside the halves with cream filling. Save plain halves for another use. In a microwave or heavy saucepan, melt chocolate chips and shortening.

Stir until smooth.

Holding each cherry by the stem, dip in the melted chocolate, then press onto the bottom of a chocolate kiss. Place on the cream filling of a cookie with cherry stem extending beyond the cookie edge. For ears, place slivered almonds between the cherry and kiss. Refrigerate until set.

With green gel, pipe holly leaves on the cream. With red gel, pipe holly berries between leaves. Pipe eyes on each chocolate kiss. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Yield: 2 dozen.

Dollie wrote that she got the recipe from a “Taste of Home” cookbook. The recipe originally came from Margene Pons, of West Valley City, Utah.

Thanks, Dollie.

(I’ll bet that you could also make these mice for New Year’s.)

I also searched my files for an “Orange Julius” recipe made with frozen concentrate, and following is the one I wrote about in last week’s column.

It came from my sister Charlotte Allum, of Fort Collins. The recipe card is so old that in places the ink is fading. So, I hope I’ve got the ingredients right.

To make “Charlotte’s Orange Julius,” you’ll need: one 6-ounce can frozen orange concentrate (or orange/pineapple, etc); 1 cup milk; 1/2 cup sugar; 1 teaspoon vanilla; 1 cup water; and 8 to 10 ice cubes.

Put the ingredients in a blender and whip at high speed. It makes 6 to 8 glasses.

Thanks, Charlotte.

Have a wonderful Christmas. After the holiday, hunt up your favorite recipes and send them to me at P.O. Box 415, Craig, CO 81626 or call me at 824-8809.

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