I think every kid will love ‘Spider Truffles’ for their Halloween, so I am giving you a head start to this fun and healthy recipe which you can make for your upcoming Halloween party! Involve your kids to help and I guarantee you will have lots of fun together!
These truffles are not of the usual kind made of chocolate and cream, these are a mixture of dates and hazelnut, coated with raw cacao powder, so they are sweet, nutty, delicious and most of all, they are packed with nutrients! I use liquorice candy swirls as ‘spider legs’ and white chocolate for the ‘eyes’, but you could also use salted sticks for the legs, as the flavor of the liquorice can be quite strong for some children. These truffles are not only for a Halloween party of course, if you omit the ‘legs’ and ‘eyes’, they also make great present as well!
(makes about 16 pieces)
For the truffles:
- 2 cups of hazelnuts, skinned or ground hazelnut (or walnut, almond etc.)
- 160g dates, pitted (you might not need all of them)
- Raw Cacao powder, for coating
For the decoration:
- Liquorice candy swirls (about 1 swirl for 1 spider, depending on the size), un-swirl and break into small, same size ‘legs’
- Squeezable white (or dark) chocolate tube (see picture below)
To make the truffles, pulse the hazelnut in the food proccessor until you get a fine flour like texture. Add dates, few at a time, through the feed tube and continue to pulse until you get a paste. Test a little of the mixture and see if it can be formed easily. If the mixture is too loose, add more dates accordingly.
Sieve the cacao powder on a plate and set aside. Form the truffle by rolling about a table spoon of the mixture with the palms of your hands until you get a ball shape. Coat the truffle evenly with the cacao powder, shake off any excess powder and place the truffles on a plate. Once they are all made, you can decorate them with ‘legs’ and ‘eyes’ (I found it easier to use a cocktail stick to make two small holes before you fill them with the chocolate).