Long ago on St. Patrick’s Day, I found myself standing in a Fort Myers’ Bennigan’s (restaurant) parking lot that had been roped off to accommodate a band and large amounts of people. Two boys from I-don’t-remember-where in Europe asked me why we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. I looked at them dumbfounded – not because they didn’t know, but because I didn’t know. I told them my best guess was it was simply an excuse to imbibe copious amounts of alcohol in the middle of March. I relate this story for two reasons: 1) I still don’t really know why St. Patrick’s Day is so popular in the United States and 2) boys used to talk to me.
To celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day, I started the day by making Bailey’s Irish Cream truffles. Bailey’s Irish Cream reminds me of two things: 1) getting kicked out of a liquor store with my dad this past Christmas Eve and 2) my first not-from-a-keg drink in college.
As for the most recent event, Mom asked someone to go buy a bottle of Bailey’s so she could serve what she called a chocolate covered strawberry cocktail that evening. So off to the the liquor store Dad and I went. A chocolate covered strawberry cocktail is Bailey’s mixed with strawberry daiquiri mix (though I’m sure you could vary this with other liquors). Try going into a liquor store and asking for a bottle of Bailey’s and strawberry daiquiri mix sometime to see if you don’t get odd looks from the employees. “Um, you know those don’t go together right?” Then, with your ID at home, try standing with your almost-60-years-old dad while he tries to buy a bottle of Bailey’s. If you’re in Ohio, two days away from turning 33 (i.e. I’m starting to look old), without an ID, the liquor store employees will kick you both out. Whoops, sorry about that one Dad.
As for that other not-from-a-keg drink, it was called an Attitude Adjustment and made with equal parts Bailey’s, rootbeer shcnapps and amaretto. This morning, I enjoyed some Bailey’s in my coffee while I rolled my truffles. All of these drink stories may make it sound as though I have a problem, but I share because I hesitated to buy a bottle of Bailey’s in the first place. I do not drink a lot of mixed drinks, so I was uncertain how to put the rest to use. If you are like me, hopefully these anecdotes give you some ideas; other delicious recipe ideas can be found on Bailey’s website.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
- 1 pound chocolate, chopped
- ⅔ cup heavy cream
- ⅓ cup Bailey's Irish Cream
- cocoa powder or confectioners' sugar for rolling
- Place the chopped chocolate in a large bowl.
- In a saucepan over low heat, bring the cream just to a boil.
- Pour the cream over the chocolate, and let stand for one minute.
- Starting at the center of the bowl, begin to stir the chocolate and cream.
- Stir until smooth, microwaving in 20 second increments to melt the remaining chocolate if needed.
- Once the chocolate is fully melted and smooth, stir in the Irish Cream.
- Cover and let stand overnight.
- Remove the chocolate truffle mixture from the refrigerator and roll into balls. It may be helpful to allow the chocolate to soften slightly before rolling into balls
- Roll or toss the truffles in cocoa powder or confectioners sugar to complete.