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Coconut Maté Chocolate Truffles

Makes about 30 truffles
Time 4 hr 25 min
Coconut milk and cinnamon combine with chocolate and yerba maté, a traditional drink in Uruguay and other South American countries touted for its health benefits, in this delicious treat. Serve with orange slices for an especially sharp contrast on the palate.
Special Diets:
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons loose yerba maté tea
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, for rolling the truffles
Method

Fill a saucepan halfway with water and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. 

Place a small metal bowl on top of the saucepan to create a double boiler. 

Add the chocolate to the bowl and melt over moderate heat.

Pour the coconut milk into a second medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. 

Add the tea and cinnamon, cover, and remove from heat for 5 minutes. 

Strain the coconut milk mixture directly into the chocolate, using a fine-mesh strainer. 

Discard the tea leaves. 

Whisk the chocolate mixture until the chocolate is uniformly melted and the coconut milk has been incorporated. 

Refrigerate the chocolate until firm, about 2 hours.

Sift cocoa into a bowl. Using a measuring spoon, scoop up 1 teaspoon of chocolate and quickly roll into a ball about 3/4-inch across. 

Drop into cocoa; roll each truffle in cocoa to coat. 

Chill until firm. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Note: We've provided special diet and nutritional information for educational purposes. But remember - we're cooks, not doctors! You should follow the advice of your health-care provider. And since product formulations change, check product labels for the most recent ingredient information.
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  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons loose yerba maté tea
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, for rolling the truffles