Prep Time: 30 mins Cooking Time: 5 mins and 3-4 hours chilling Serves: Makes about 45 truffles

Fresh cream truffles made of softly melting dark chocolate ganache are the ultimate indulgence and the perfect way to catch the flavour notes of the cacao. When I was searching for new types of cacao in Venezuela, I went from hacienda to hacienda with my cast iron pot grinding cacao and making truffles to find the flavour notes I was looking for. This really is easy enough to do on a hillside!

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270g Venezuelan Rio Caribe 72 dark chocolate, nutty coffee notes. It is easier using drops but you can use bars.

70g raw cane sugar

250g fresh double cream

50g 100% Medellin Cacao powder for dusting


baking trays & baking paper

optional – piping bag for if your kitchen is too hot and the mixture gets too warm to handle



Heat the cream and sugar in a small saucepan over a low heat until the sugar melts. Stir constantly so it does not boil.

Tip in the chocolate drops and stir until melted. If you are using chocolate bars, chop them into small pieces first.

Remove the pan from the heat and transfer the mixture into a bowl. Lightly cover with clingfilm and put in the fridge until cold and firm, approximately 3 hours. Don’t freeze.

Line the baking tray with baking paper.

To shape the truffles use a teaspoon to scoop out balls of the mixture and quickly roll between your hands to shape the balls. They don’t need to be perfect! Work fast so the mixture doesn’t heat up.

Put the balls on the tray, back in the fridge for 15 minutes or until they are firm again.

Remove from the fridge. Put the powder in a little bowl and drop in a few truffles at a time. Move them around then remove with skewer or fork and shake off excess powder.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

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