You can always whip up a tasty batch of Minderbinder
Yield: 1 batch
50 Cotton balls, plain
Cotton wool, 3 by 6 feet
2 lb Bittersweet chocolate
1/2 c Liqueur, any favorite
If starting from cotton wool, divide it into about 50 pieces, making sure
they are well formed, round, and the rough edges have been worked back into
the mass to make a smooth surface.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler being careful not to get any water in
In batches of about ten put the balls of cotton on a fine rack or grate.
Sprinkle with the liqueur if you're using it. [Be careful! Too much will
overpower the other flavors.]
Slowly pour enough chocolate over each ball of cotton to coat it
thoroughly, letting excess drip off. Allow the chocolate coating to cool
before taking the chocolate covered cotton from the rack.
Keep stored in a closed container in a cool place away from light.
Munitions boxes work well for this.
* Chocolate covered cotton -- This is a recipe I invented after I had
cornered the cotton market and couldn't get rid of the stuff.
While good orlon can be substituted for the cotton, the resulting product
won't have the same flavor or texture as the real thing. Your friends will
be able to tell that you've been skimping. Egyptian cotton works best.
Yield: About fifty servings.
* As a special cold-weather treat, use wool instead of cotton.
: Difficulty: moderate.
: Time: 2 hours.
: Precision: no need to measure.
: Milo Minderbinder
: M&M Enterprises