recipe, snack, sweet

Chocolate Truffle Hedgehogs

A group of Canadian food bloggers and I got together this year to share some of the most memorable holiday treats in our family. What a fun experience it has been! Some wonderful classic treats and interesting alternatives revealed themselves as a favourite, and I certainly encourage you to check them out (see bottom of post for the links). This recipe is a take on my family tradition, but of course with a unique and fun flair. This recipe is for Chocolate Truffle Hedgehogs.

As a child, I would look forward to my Grandmother’s dessert spread during the holidays. In fact, I still look forward to this tradition! Her dessert selection consists of at least ten varieties of cookies and treats, all favourites she would only make during the holidays. A particular favourite of mine that I patiently waited to see were her truffle mice: chocolate truffles formed into rain-drop shapes with almond slices as the rounded ears and licorice string for the tails. She even used decorative silver pearls for eyes! They were absolutely adorable, and I would eat them with pure delight. This recipe is in honour of her truffle mice, and frankly, I think these hedgehogs are just as cute!

The slightly crispy texture, both from the almonds as well as from the cereal add-in, makes it a fun but light treat that guests of all ages will enjoy. And the recipe is so simple, I’m sure they will become a tradition with your family as well. They can easily be gluten-free or vegan, simply swap in your favourite milk or cookie alternative!

 

Have a great family treat tradition to share? I would love to hear about it! Let me know in the comments below.

Chocolate Truffle Hedgehogs

Ingredients:

  • 7 oz chocolate, either milk or semi-sweet depending on preferences (I used a mix of both)
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup finely-ground cookies or dry cereal (I used bran flake cereal)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder for rolling
  • almond sticks (for the needles)
  • decorative pearls (for the noses)

Directions:

  1. Melt the chocolate with the cream, either in a double-boiler or in the microwave just until melted. Stir in the ground cookies or cereal, and allow the mixture to cool. It should be malleable and easily hold its shape when cool.
  2. Take about 1 tbsp of the chocolate mixture and, using your hands, form it into a drop shape. Roll the truffle in the cocoa powder, and then insert the almond sticks in as the spikes and the decorative pearl for a nose. Place on parchment paper once finished.

Makes about 18 truffles. Store in the fridge or freezer, and bring to room temperature before serving.

Be sure to check out these other awesome Canadian Food Blogger Traditions! And check out our hashtag #CdnBloggerTraditions!

Apple Cider Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce by One Tough Cookie
Butterscotch Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares by My Kitchen Love
Caribbean Sorrel by Chew Street
Coco-Kalikimaka Cookies by The Chewy Life
Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars by The Cinnamon Scrolls
Gingerbread Cake with Maple Whipped Cream (Vegan) by The Refreshanista
Gingerbread Cake with Warm Caramel Glaze by Eat, Live, and Play
Peppermint Chocolate Snowball Truffles by The Busy Baker
Polish Gingerbread Cookies (Pierniczki Tradycyjne) by Liv for Cake
Vegan Caramel Popcorn by The Viet Vegan

  • These hedgehogs are so cute! And I bet they're super tasty :) they look easy and fun- I'll have to try them!
  • These are completely adorable! Love the idea of ground cookies or cereal in them for a little texture. Thanks for sharing!
  • Aww! So cute! I love the little mice ideaβ€”even though I'm a food blogger, I do not have the patience to decorate food like that. Little pearls, licorice tails? I'm more of a scoop and bake kinda gal. Sometimes I'll roll it in coconut but that's about as far as I get haha.

    I love your idea of adding cereal though! Great little crunch in there. Happy Holidays, Hilary ^_^
  • These are so cute, Hilary, and I bet they taste delicious! Thank you so much for being a part of this collab and sharing your grandmother's sweet tradition with us!
  • What adorable truffle hedgehogs, Hilary! I made similar truffle mice for halloween last year and they were also fabulous! Have a wonderful holiday season!
  • Thanks Angela :) You too!
  • Thanks for including me on this fabulous festive event, Amanda! :) Cheers!
  • Haha I won't lie, they take a bit more effort than scoop and bake cookies! :) But the results are so worth it! Cheers, Lisa!
  • Thanks Alanna! I hope you have a great and festive holiday! Happy Hanukkah!
  • Thanks Mel! :) Let me know how they turn out!
  • These are so cute!! Love them. And am super jealous of your grandma's 10+ treat spread!!