Maple-Walnut Candies

*This is an indulgence recipe.  I did not work out the nutrition information.  Eat in moderation and enjoy! 

1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed
1 - 14oz. can sweetened condensed non-fat milk
2 lbs. powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups roughly chopped walnuts
1 TBS maple flavoring  (I used Watkin's brand)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
16 oz. chocolate (milk or dark) coating (I used Mercken's brand)

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spread walnuts out on baking sheet or foil and roast in oven for 10 - 15 minutes, or until you just start to smell them.  Watch carefully, you don't want to burn them and they can burn quickly.  Remove from oven and allow to cool.  
2.  Combine sweetened condensed non-fat milk and butter in small saucepan.  Heat on low until butter is melted.  Remove from heat.  
3.  In large mixing bowl, combine the sugar and milk/butter mixture with electric mixer.  Add in the maple flavoring, vanilla extract and salt.  Mix until smooth.  Stir in the walnuts. 
4.  Transfer the mixture to the refrigerator to allow it to harden enough to handle.  (I left mine in for about an hour)
5.  Once the maple filling is firm enough to handle, shape into balls using about a tsp. of filling for each.  Arrange on a waxed paper lined baking sheet.  Once all the filling balls are made, return to refrigerator for another hour to allow them to get cold and harden a bit.  
6.  Melt chocolate coating in a bowl over simmering water.  Dip each ball into the chocolate coating and arrange back onto waxed paper.  Allow the chocolate coating to harden.  Store in an airtight container in the  refrigerator.  Allow to come to room temperature before eating. 

Yield:  approx. 48 candies