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Choco: Chilli flavoured truffel bonbons

One of the most fun weekends that I had recently was a bonbons workshop that I attended with a dear friend of mine. We have learnt 3 types of sweets, but I will only present one today, because it is the easiest.

Chocolate truffels


  • 50 ml cream
  • 100g+200g pure chocolate (60%)
  • 50g butter
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • ice water

Cooking time: 10 mins to prepare the bonbons mixture, 30 mins freezing time, 10 mins to coat the bonbons

Preparation: Melt the chocolate in a bain Marie.


Mix the cream with the chilli flakes and place on the fire. DO NOT BOIL the cream, the idea is to warm it up for 2-3 minutes so that the flavour from the spice is released into the cream. Sieve the liquid (or you can leave the flakes, if you like a bit of an extra kick).

Add the butter into a metal bowl above a heat source (do not put the bowl on the fire) by whisking a lot and every once in a while keeping it above the heat. The idea is to soften the butter so that you can incorporate it with the melted chocolate (only 100g, the rest of it is for decoration).

After you mixed the butter with the chocolate, add the cream with the chillies and mix well. If the mixture is not cold, you can put it over a bowl with ice cold water and keep on mixing until it is cold (just 2-3 mins).

After the mixture is cold and hard enough, you need to start shaping the little delicious mini balls of joy, by shaping them into 1.5cm little rounded bonbons. Add the mixture in the freezer for 30 mins, until they are hard (could be that your freezer is not quick enough and you need to leave them for longer, idea is for them to be hard in order to be coated).

While the freezer is doing his job, you need to start thinking how you are going to decorate your delicious pieces of heaven. You can use salt, cranberries, coconut powder, chocolate or cinnamon powder and many more.

If you have kids, this is the time to call in for extra help. After you have cooled down the mixture you can start decorating by dipping the balls into the melted chocolate (but make sure it is not too hot). You can use a fork to lift (make sure you do NOT pierce) the bonbons, drain them well of chocolate and place them on a paper sheet. In the next 1 minute you have to decorate your bonbon because it will harden.  If you want to add something powdery, then you have to wait for 5 mins longer until it cooled down completely and then you can sprinkle the powder.

Enjoy, store in the fridge and please let me know if you give it a try. It’s really worth doing it.


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Chilli flakes? Did you said chilli flakes??? This recipe is definitely for us! I will try it soon!

Comment by Pop Alina Valeria

We made it quite spicy and we put salt on top, really makes a nice contrast: salt and spice. Looking forward to seeing your pics.

Comment by simplyeating

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