1 package (12-oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 cups chopped pecans

1 cup 1-inch diameter pepermint candies (about 36)

8-oz package cream cheese


In a blender or food processor, finely grind all ingredients except cream cheese. Place about 1 1/2 cups mix into each of four separate resealable plastic bags.

 To make one cheese ball: Stir 1 1/2 cups mix into 8-oz package softened cream cheese. Shape into ball; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm. To serve, let stand at room temperature 20 to 30 minutes or until softened. Serve with chocolate wafers.


You may want to give a friend a ready-to-eat cheese ball along with a package of cheese ball mix and instructions for making another one later. Don't forget to include the chocolate wafers.


Beverly M. Hayes,302 Elton Drive  (KY New Era, 24 Nov 92)