Peppermint Cheese Ball…a beautiful Holiday dessert

CHOCOLATE-MINT CHEESE BALL

Just in time for the Holiday dessert tables that are everywhere you go.  You can’t escape this time of year – the buffets, the lunch rooms, the office parties, and hundred and one other occasions to eat…each filled with stuff we shouldn’t have.

This one everybody will love – whether they like to eat low-sugar or not!  Most bigger grocery stores carry the sugar free star-light peppermints, or you can order from an on-line candy store.  One of my favorites is Perfectly Sweet.  Or there is Candy.com, but they sell in bulk.  I don’t know…you might want 425 star-light mints.  Who am I to judge?!

I serve it with the Murray’s Double Chocolate Cookies – or graham crackers – or off of a spoon…

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One 8-ounce pkg. reduced-fat cream cheese
1/3 cup Splenda
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
One 4 ounce package sugar-free peppermint candies
1/4 cup Hersey’s sugar free chocolate chips or other sugar free chocolate, finely chopped

In a medium bowl combine the cream cheese, Splenda, vanilla, 3 tablespoons finely crushed candies, and chocolate. Place in a small plastic wrap-lined bowl and chill 4 hours or overnight. Unmold cheese ball and place on a pretty plate. Gently press 1/3 cup coarsely crushed peppermint candies onto the surface. 

The candies tend to get “wet” if left in the fridge too long. I would press them onto the surface just before serving.

Makes ten servings, 2 tablespoons each.
Per Serving: 118 Cal; 3 g Protein; 6 g Tot Fat; 4 g Carb; 0 g Fiber; 0 g Sugar

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. Vicky says:

    Hmmm. I may try this with some other crushed up SF candy instead of mint. Mint sounds good, but I got a hankerin’ for like butterscotch or caramel or ohhhh toffee. 🙂 I’ll let you know if I do! I made this more savory cheeseball recipe for Thanksgiving, and it is always a hit… http://www.recipezaar.com/Cheese-Ball-With-Everything-73518

  2. Judy says:

    Hershey’s makes sugar free choc chips???? I’m going to have to find those. BTW, based on your blog I ordered whey low. What a difference in my Thanksgiving baking = thank you so much!!

    1. Linda says:

      YES! I’ve found them in Walmart…but I’m thinking it’s only a seasonal thing. Last year they had them, too…but couldn’t find any during the year.

      I just adore Whey Low. It’s opened up such a wealth of doable recipes!

  3. CaSaundra says:

    So fun and festive! It would be good to serve with Vanilla Wafers too 🙂

  4. Debbie Yohman says:

    I didn’t realize they made sugar-free chocolate chips either. I went and got a couple bags today at Wal-Mart but if they are seasonal, I’ll have to buy a bunch more!!

    Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  5. Vicky says:

    Are the Hershey SF chips maltitol based? O to be able to go to Walmart and load up on QUALITY SF chocolate chips would be nice. Netrition has some by Sensato, but they’re not cheap (in general. You know Netrition has the best price on em!)

  6. stephchows says:

    oh wow!! looks good to me 🙂 perfect for the holidays!

  7. Kelly says:

    How unique! I don’t know that I’ve ever heard of a sweet cheese ball and now you’ve inspired me!

  8. cindy says:

    Hi Linda, i made this recipe last christmas for my staff party, just omitted the mint candies, cuz i dont like mint candies, and rolled it in toasted coconut and EVERYBODY loved it, so im making it again this year!!!

  9. Tammy says:

    Made this for Christmas Day and served with gingersnaps. It was a big hit!

  10. Tari says:

    Hi, I just had WLS on March 3, 2010 and found your site through the Obesity Help site!! YAY!!
    I find this recipe intresting. I know it’s nowhere near CHRISTmas, but I was wondering what you would serve this with. I mean, what would you put around it for people to put it on?
    Thanks and it looks good by the way.
    God Bless,
    Tari

    1. Linda says:

      Tari –
      I would serve it with some of those Murray’s sugar free cookies. The shortbread ones are wonderful with this! There are other brands also that carry sugar free items. Joseph’s is wonderful, if you can find them – I’ve ordered online and they are a great company.

      http://www.murraysugarfree.com/

      http://www.josephslitecookies.com/

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