Chocolate surprise truffles

Chilli Chocolate Truffles

Serves Makes 40

  • 250 g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)

  • 125 ml double cream

  • 25 g butter

  • 1 pinch of sea salt

  • 1 large handful of hazelnuts, bashed up

  • 50 g good-quality cocoa powder

  • 1 pinch of chilli powder

Break the chocolate into little chunks and place in a small bowl. In a saucepan, bring the cream to the boil, add the butter and take off the heat. Pour the cream over the chocolate chunks and leave to stand for a few minutes, giving the chocolate a chance to melt.



Stir the mixture and leave for another few minutes. Stir it again to make sure it's mixed thoroughly, then cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until set.



Toast the hazelnuts, bash them up into fine bits and place them in a shallow bowl. Place the cocoa in another shallow bowl. With a teaspoon, scoop out little balls of the set truffle mixture. Roll in the palm of your hand, then in either the cocoa or bashed up hazelnuts to coat.



When you've used up most of the mixture, stir in the dried chilli. Make the last few (surprise) truffles, then place them in the fridge to firm up for about half an hour before serving them with a cup of coffee or wrapping them as a gift.

Nutritional Information

Chocolate surprise truffles

Rolled in toasted hazelnuts and cocoa

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These chocolate truffles make great gifts, and a pinch of chilli in one or two spices things up
Serves Makes 40
25m (plus chilling time)
Super easy
Method

These truffles make great gifts – just wrap them in little sweet tins or boxes tied with ribbon. The surprise comes from adding a tiny pinch of chilli to the last bit of mix. You'll end up with a few spicy truffles hidden away amongst the rest! A spicy lucky dip.

Break the chocolate into little chunks and place in a small bowl. In a saucepan, bring the cream to the boil, add the butter and take off the heat. Pour the cream over the chocolate chunks and leave to stand for a few minutes, giving the chocolate a chance to melt.

Stir the mixture and leave for another few minutes. Stir it again to make sure it's mixed thoroughly, then cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until set.

Toast the hazelnuts, bash them up into fine bits and place them in a shallow bowl. Place the cocoa in another shallow bowl. With a teaspoon, scoop out little balls of the set truffle mixture. Roll in the palm of your hand, then in either the cocoa or bashed up hazelnuts to coat.

When you've used up most of the mixture, stir in the dried chilli. Make the last few (surprise) truffles, then place them in the fridge to firm up for about half an hour before serving them with a cup of coffee or wrapping them as a gift.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 47
    2%
  • Carbs 2.2g
    1%
  • Sugar 1.8g 2%
  • Fat 5.3g 8%
  • Saturates 3.0g 15%
  • Protein 1.0g 2%
Of an adult's reference intake

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