Deliciously dark (not-decadent) “Chili” Truffles. This recipe hails from “South Of The Border Down Mexico Way!” Around Christmas time I start whipping up my holiday truffles. Add 2-3 truffles into mini boxes. Decorate with festive ribbon or glittery Christmas stickers and you’re ready to spread some cheer! Friends love them even more knowing that you made the truffles, adds an spoonful of love to each one! 💖
1 1/2 cups whole almonds
1 1/2 cups fresh dates(pitted)
1/2 cup (or more) cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon chili powder (Ancho, New Mexican, etc.)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of cayenne pepper
chocolate (preferably couverture or chips or whatever you have for coating ) optional
1. Pulse almonds in food processor until almost like almond butter. This will take several minutes.
2. Add the pitted dates and mix thoroughly.
3. Add the cocoa powder, cinnamon, salt, vanilla extract, chili powder and cayenne and process again until ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
4. Form mixture into bite sized balls.
5. Optionally coat with chocolate.
To do this, melt the chocolate in a double boiler or Bain Marie. Dip the balls into this mixture and leave to set on a piece of parchment. They can be placed in the refrigerator to set faster. Box these and give away as gifts or enjoy yourself.
DID YOU KNOW?
You will not experience any sugar drop with these little beauties since they are sweetened with dates. The usual ingredient of cream is replaced by almonds along with its multitude of health benefits. These truffles are perfect for vegans and those of you who are lactose intolerant.
My truffle boxes are called a Bow Top Favor Box. I buy them at the Bulk Barn on the corner. I found a huge supply at McCall’s in Toronto, ON, Canada, ( no bow top boxes ). For their truffle boxes see: cake boxes page 6. online at www.mccalls.ca
Buy online ( large orders ): boxandwrap.com [ from the U.S. — All shipping destinations –select ivory bow box– ] Local shops are your best bet. Happy hunting!
How about your dinner party? Each guest will have the chocolate chili truffles right on their plate before seating. I have not set my table yet..but this is what it might look like with golden truffle boxes on each plate. White boxes are very festive too.
At the famous Harrods in London’s Knightsbridge you can buy a box of handmade truffles with flakes of edible 24-carat gold that will set the buyer back an eye-watering £190 ( $238 U.S. $315 CAN dollars ). Champagne filled and studded by 100’s of Swarovski crystal on the box itself. I have enjoyed edible gold leaf chocolates at home and at restaurants. Decadent, but impressive! (You can buy edible gold leaf online ~ sometimes hard to get).
VARIATION: Add any coating you like for the truffles; ground almonds, chia seeds and what ever you have handy in the kitchen. Adding rum or raspberry liqueur to the mix adds another dimension to your truffles. My friend Ania from the lazycatkitchen.com likes to add organic raspberry to her truffles using cupcakes for less mess. ( It’s the ‘only’ way to do it using raspberry preserves. )
Chocolate, chili and raspberries are a match made in heaven! A catalytic combo! The wee cupcakes are less messy -until you bite into them. (These can be made sugar free.) They are so good! YUM YUM!
South of the Border Down Mexico Way!
In keeping with the theme of ‘MEXICO’ that inspired my Chocolate Chili Truffles, I close with old ‘Blue Eyes’. I hope you enjoy it. Friends of mine say he reminds them of the late Don, my dearly departed husband, who simply loved fine chocolate ( and fishing trips to Mexico ). This one’s for you Don!