My Balls Are State Fair Bound

It’s done.  My bourbon balls have been made, packaged, tagged and dropped off at the Kentucky Expo Center this weekend.  I put my John Hancock on the line proclaiming, “These balls are in fact made by the hands of yours truly.”  But I have to say folks, I don’t think they’re blue ribbon worthy.

After eating the candies for two days [and taking in the fumes of bourbon], I thought maybe my taste buds were just a bit off.  So I had a taste test at work and it confirmed my original belief: my balls are weak.  Tasters said my balls still tasted good… but not as strong as they usually are.  That, my friends, grinds my beans.  But I still submitted them [as there was no way on God’s green Earth I was going to remake my balls.  And they looked pretty too.  Really pretty.  Can’t redo pretty, my friends.]

So yeah, weak balls.  And yes, I’ve been saying “balls” for days and I just get a kick out of it.  I’m not the only one.  Friends have been wishing me good luck with my balls and saying they can’t wait to see my balls at the Fair.  The level of maturity has dropped way low for the week.  It’s amusing.  I’m taking le blog with me.

But anywho, my balls.  Bourbon balls.  Since they’re State Fair bound I decided to have a photo shoot with my balls.  To really show how yummy and delicious and chocolate-coated they are.  What can I say?  I dig my balls.

Bourbon Balls

Bourbon Balls

Bourbon Balls

Bourbon Ball recipe <here>.

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August 16, 2010 - 9:40 am

Susan - I’m sure your balls smell heavenly and taste delicious. I can’t wait to taste test your balls this afternoon – yum! (I cannot believe I just wrote that.)

August 16, 2010 - 9:41 am

Becki D - These qualify as cookies for the purpose of cookie swapping, right? Cause I totally wanna taste your…er….these….bourbon balls!

(Loooove the photo w/ the bottle – pretty much perfect!)

August 16, 2010 - 10:02 am

Dawn - Heh. You said “balls.” Heh. I’m very sorry that I won’t get to experience your balls in person, but at least I have lots of photos of them.

August 16, 2010 - 10:04 am

Bro - I see you have an empty Maker’s Mark bottle. Where did it all go if not in your balls?

August 16, 2010 - 10:28 am

Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon - As I’m reading your post, I’ve got Alec Baldwin in my head talking about his Schwetty Balls. I have the maturity level of a 9 year old.

Good luck with the Fair. I’m off to meet printer #2 today to get my photo entries reprinted. Was not happy with the work of printer #1.

PS – How messed up is this: Parent offers to buy me 55-200 zoom. I say thanks but I want to check it out at the store myself. So of course, I end up spending $250 the very next day to get the lens I could have gotten for free.

August 16, 2010 - 10:35 am

Brooke - @Susan – You may taste my balls.
@Becki – Sure, but it has to be cooler because these balls melt not only in your mouth but in shipment.
@Dawn – Heh.
@Bro – In my belly. Besides, that bottle is tiny. Doesn’t last too long.
@Wendi – Me too. I love schwetty balls. The entire NPR skit is my favorite SNL. BTW, like the photos you snagged with your new lens!

August 16, 2010 - 10:53 am

Jun Belen - Let the judges have a chug of Bourbon with your balls and let’s see who’s weak!! Beautiful balls, my dear. Beautiful!

August 16, 2010 - 11:08 am

katie o. - And the winner is….SHUTTERBOO!
The balls jokes are priceless…and the gift that keeps on giving. Kind of like the bourbon balls. I need some. now.

August 16, 2010 - 12:33 pm

Amyhasbangs - I loved your balls. I was so happy to see your balls. Your balls are so delicious. I wish I had more than just one of your balls. I hope your balls win.

August 16, 2010 - 7:00 pm

Amber Paterson - I’m pretty into your balls. :o) I love the shot with Maker’s Mark in the background. And thanks for sharing the recipe!! Up here in the Northwest, do don’t do a lot of bourbon balls, but I think we need to get into it.

August 16, 2010 - 7:33 pm

Brooke - @Jun – You really need a water chaser with my balls. They’re very sweet. But bourbon may work just as well.
@katie – You’ll have to make them, sweetcakes. It’s to hot to mail balls. They get all sweaty in this heat.
@Amy – The balls can come in pairs if you like. You just grab two – one for each hand.
@Amber – With colder weather, YOU NEED BOURBON! It keeps you toasty. Love all your baby photos on your site – the four-lettered word is pretty normal around here now.

August 16, 2010 - 7:40 pm

Anamaris - You love saying balls, dontcha? I hope you washed your hands after scratching said balls. and…ahem. The whole bottle of Makers? Sign me up!

August 17, 2010 - 10:44 pm

Todd Pack - Sweet mother of pearl, you even used Maker’s. If you have any bourbon balls left over, please e-mail them as soon as possible.

August 18, 2010 - 12:26 pm

Denise - Whoa! That’s really cool. I’ve never entered anything like that. Good luck.

August 19, 2010 - 5:02 pm

Meghan - Those look amazing! I’m sorry that they aren’t your best, but I’m sure they’re still fan-freaking-tastic. Wishing your balls the best of luck at the State Fair!

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