The truffle is a great dessert and at the same time, it's so easy to prepare it. I really love chocolate with chestnuts, so this time I've created this Chocolate & Chestnut Truffle.

We have only one week till Halloween, so I wanted to turn my truffles into a playful TREAT, then share the TRICK with you! You can use these truffle spiders as an edible decoration on cupcakes, cakes or just put them simply to the table full of Halloween treats!


Chocolate & chestnut truffle

  • 200 g chestnut puree
  • 60 g icing sugar
  • 4-5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 25 ml rum
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Cocoa powder for covering the truffles

Truffle spiders

  • Salted sticks or pretzels
  • Truffle mixture for heads and knees
  • Edible sugar eyes
  • Desiccated coconut


Chocolate & chestnut truffle

  1. Mix the ingredients in a large bowl, use a hand mixer on low speed.
  2. If you use sweet chestnut puree, be careful with the icing sugar, make sure you add small portions to balance the bitter flavour of cocoa powder.
  3. The mixture should be firm enough to make small truffle balls, so if it’s too soft, let’s add some more cocoa powder and if it’s necessary extra icing sugar.
  4. Use a teaspoon to get equal amounts from the mixture and form small truffle balls.
  5. Put them straight into a small bowl filled with cocoa powder and cover their surface completely.
  6. Instead of cocoa powder, you can use other sprinkles too, for example, ground walnut, grated chocolate, colourful hundreds and thousands... be brave and do some experiments to make this dessert more varied!
  7. If you want them to set a little bit, place them into the fridge, if not, then keep them on some cocoa powder in a container covered with the lid.

Truffle spiders

  1. Use a truffle ball, it will be the body of the spider.
  2. Form a smaller ball for the head but don’t cover it with cocoa powder.
  3. Use a teaspoon to make a little hole with an edge into the big truffle, and place the head there. It will work as support since the smaller ball won’t stick on the bigger one because of cocoa powder.
  4. Make the legs: cut the salty sticks into small pieces. Form a tiny ball from the truffle and push the two short sticks into the ball, then form the truffle around them with your fingers. You will need 8 for each spider. If you find it easier, you can use simple caramel too.
  5. Push the legs into the big truffle.
  6. Place the eyes on the head.
  7. Use two longer coconut pieces for chelicera.
Chocolate & Chestnut Truffle Spiders - Photo by © Reka Csulak

Chocolate & Chestnut Truffle Spiders - Photo by © Reka Csulak

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