Halloween Spooktacular Truffle treats, have fun making your own deliciously spooky rich dark chocolate truffle characters. Easy to make truffles and Halloween is the perfect excuse to put googly eyes on your food. The recipe can be made both vegan and vegetarian.
Halloween isn’t just for the kids; it’s for adults too and this year we really all deserve a treat and I suppose we could share our Halloween Spooktacular truffles with any child that enjoys dark chocolate – but only if we really have to. This comes with the proviso that you please ban children who just pick/eat the eyes off and then leave a half-nibbled truffle.
Confession time – we aren’t massive fans of tinned pumpkin puree and there are so many great sweet pumpkin recipes out there that we thought we’d create something we knew we’d enjoy eating whilst snuggled up, in our PJs, under a blanket on the sofa.
We have an allotment and we do grow our own pumpkins and make batches of season soups and use the pumpkin in curries. And yes, some are transformed into funny faced beings with a candle flickering away inside. If you’ve not grown pumpkins for fun and have space, they are a really satisfying crop – ours would never win any giant pumpkin competitions but they do taste great.
If you have followed Healthy Twists for a while you will know that we adore the flavour combination chocolate orange. We had intended to try to make this chocolate recipe purely dark chocolate – but a bar of dark chocolate orange accidentally melted into the recipe and there may also be the slightest hint of Valencia orange extract. So, we will leave it up to you to decide between rich dark chocolate or dark chocolate orange.
This Halloween Spooktacular truffle recipe can be easily made plant-based or vegetarian and is delicious both ways.
These Halloween treats can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for up to 7 days.
If you do not like getting chocolatey hands when it comes to rolling the truffles balls here are a couple of tips that might help – keep your hands cool, rub your hands with a little olive oil or if that’s still too much mess use protective gloves.
Delicious rich dark chocolate truffles with a fun ghoulish Halloween twist.
300g dark chocolate, or use a mix of chocolate orange and dark chocolate, roughly chopped
150ml double cream/dairy-free
50g butter/ dairy-free
¼ teaspoon orange extract
Sprinkles – orange, black, white and chocolate in various shapes
100g white chocolate melted
Candy googly eyes
Tip the chopped chocolate into a heatproof/ microwaveable bowl and heat at 600w/low heat for 4 minutes, until the chocolate has melted.
You could also melt the chocolate in a bain-marie if you do not have a microwave.
Into a small pan pour the double cream and add the butter. Gently heat until the butter has melted and stir to combine, then bring the cream to a gentle simmer for 3 minutes.
Remove from the heat.
Tip the melted chocolate into the pan- if using add the orange extract add this now. Using a metal spoon carefully stir and fold the chocolate into the cream until it is fully combined.
Once combined pour the mixture into the rectangular dish and place in the fridge to set for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight.
Remove the truffle mix from the fridge and line a plate with baking paper.
Using a teaspoon, scoop out a heaped teaspoon full of truffle mix and lightly roll in the palm of your hands to form the rounded truffle shape, now place the truffle on the lined plate. Repeat until all the truffle mix is used up.
To make the white ghosts
Melt the white chocolate in a heat proof bowl, for 2 minutes on high in the microwave, once runny, spoon over 6 truffles, allow the melted chocolate to dribble into small pools at the base of the truffle. To create the eyes, use 2 dark sprinkles.
Seperate the sprinkles into individual small bowls and roll the remaining balls in them until they are covered, place back on the baking paper. To add the eyes dip the back of the eye into the remaining white chocolate and secure it to the Halloween Spooktacular truffle.
Place the truffles into the fridge to set for 30 minutes.
If leaving the truffle mix to set in the fridge overnight, we remove it one hour before we wish to roll the truffles so that it is easier to use. If it is a warm day you will not need the full hour.
UK Plant-based replacements;
For the double cream, we used the Elmlea double cream alternative.
For the butter, we used Nuturli Organic Vegan Block