Jokers Chocolate

My mom made these one year for April Fools Day. She served these to us for breakfast, and for my brother who lived in his own apartment, she put them in a gourmet chocolate box, and dropped them off for him. She thought she would fool everyone until we bit into the chocolates and realize that they were just cereal balls, and then she would have a good laugh about dipping healthy food in chocolate. It worked on us, but things turned out differently for my brother. Later that day he called her ranting and raving about how good the chocolates were and asked where she got them! We don’t know who got fooled more, my brother or my mom! 


2 cups bran flakes
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 bag (11.5 oz) milk chocolate chips


Combine the bran flakes and oats in a bowl. Combine the honey, peanut butter and vanilla in a sauce pan and heat over medium-high heat until it is melted and makes a smooth sauce. Pour the honey-peanut butter sauce over the corn flakes and oats. Mix until evenly coated. 
Scoop the mixture using a tablespoon and press it firmly to form a cereal ball. You may need to dip the tablespoon in warm water after forming every few cereal balls. Drop the cereal balls on wax paper or tin foil (on a cookie sheet). Freeze the cereal balls for an hour. 
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, until they are melted. (Microwave them for the shortest time possible, so that they don’t burn. Usually, once most of the chips are melted, you can stir it until they are all melted.) 
Spread a second piece of wax paper or tin foil on a different cookie sheet. Begin dipping the cereal balls into the melted chocolate. I used a fork and butter knife for this part. Tap to remove the extra chocolate and place it back onto the wax paper or tin foil. Repeat with all the cereal balls.
Allow the chocolates to cool for an hour at room temperature before placing them in the fridge. 

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