Dark Chocolate with Coconut Truffles

Dark Chocolate Truffles with a Crunchy Coconut topping. AKA #copycat Trinidads

Being from Chicago I have been blessed in experiencing some good chocolate. Like Fannie May. Frango Mints. And Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

Of those, Fannie May though has always been a part of my family’s Christmas celebration. My grandma always bought chocolate Santa’s to put on each kids plate at Christmas dinner (she does the same for Thanksgiving with turkeys).  There are always several boxes of mint meltaways and mixed chocolates passed around before dessert. As a kid, I always volunteered to be the one to pass them around to the adults first (of course it was so I could sneak one or two out of the box with nobody looking).

But my mom always had her favorite. Trinidads. Anyone ever have a Fannie May Trinidad? Oh, they are spectacular. Dark chocolate truffle inside a crispy white chocolate and toasted coconut coating.

Guess what mom. I made you Trinidads for Christmas! I think they are pretty close, thanks to Green and Black’s white chocolate, and Ghirardelli’s 60% Cocoa bars. Do not skimp on good chocolate here folks. There are times in my baking where chocolate quality doesn’t matter, or I should say doesn’t justify spending a fortune on chocolate. This is NOT one of those times. When it comes to truffles, it’s ALL about the truffles. While I may not have specified that in past truffle posts, I’m saying it now. Spend the extra money. After all, you are about to splurge and eat a decadent treat, make the calories worth it!
Oh, and Mom, you better love them a little bit. Because the first batch fell on the garage floor (sniff sniff). But, dedication and love made me go out, buy more chocolate (ouch!) and make another batch!

{guilt much?}

Enjoy!

Dark Chocolate with Coconut Truffles

Ingredients:

  • 7oz bag sweetened coconut, shredded
  • 4- 4oz bars Ghirardelli 60% cocoa
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  •   3/4 cup butter
  •   6- 3.5oz Green & Black’s white chocolate bars
  •   1 tsp canola oil

Directions:

  1. On large baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spread out coconut. Toast in a 250 degree oven for 20 minutes, mixing and turning halfway through. Set aside to cool. (store in ziploc if not ready to use)
  2. In large saucepan, heat heavy cream until very warm (not boiling). Add in butter and melt completely on low heat, stirring constantly. Add in chocolate bars and stir continuously until smooth. Remove from heat and pour into a shallow glass bowl. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (or overnight).
  3. Remove from refrigerator and scoop chocolate in one teaspoon sized balls. Place each truffle on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Repeat ball making until all mixture is used. Freeze truffles one to two hours.
  4. Melt white chocolate bars in double boiler, stirring continuously until smooth. Stir in canola oil and 1 1/4 cup of toasted coconut.
  5. Using a toothpick, dip each truffle into white chocolate, tapping toothpick on side of bowl to shake off excess. Place dipped truffle on parchment lined baking sheet. Re-dip toothpick in white chocolate and touch up each truffle so no toothpick holes are seen.
  6. Refrigerate dipped truffles 30 minutes to set completely. Enjoy cold! Store in covered container in refrigerator or freeze in airtight container until ready to serve.

14 Responses to “Dark Chocolate with Coconut Truffles”

  1. posted Dec 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    As a fellow foodie, I understand the concept of spending a fortune on chocolate and other “needed” baking supplies all too well:-) My heart dropped a little for you when I heard about them hitting the floor!!! Kudos to you for sticking with it and buying more chocolate because they look and sound fantastic. Like I said coconut could be our next flavor:-)

  2. posted Dec 22, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    oh my, they sound wonderful! I love coconut and dark chocolate!

  3. posted Dec 22, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Wow! I’ve never heard of those but now I want some. Delicious!

  4. posted Dec 22, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Wow..Love this one…You have made it perfectly..

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

  5. posted Dec 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Oh these look yummy! I love truffles and they are calling my name!!

  6. posted Dec 22, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Coconut. Too bad my hubby doesnt. Oh well, more for me :) These look so good Aimee. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas! :)

  7. posted Dec 23, 2011 at 1:37 am

    I’ve never heard of Trinidads but these sound fabulous!

  8. Tia
    posted Dec 23, 2011 at 7:24 am

    my first time hearing about these and now i wanna try one! merry christmas!

  9. posted Oct 8, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Wow your combination of dark chocolate with the coconut stuff really makes this dish so tempting for me to prepare in my coming weekend…great recipe!!

  10. Tabatha
    posted Nov 29, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I grew up loving Fannie Mae back home in Illinois and I’ve so missed these yummie truffles since I moved to Texas! I can’t wait to try out this recipe!

  11. Tammy
    posted Sep 12, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I too grew up on Fannie May! When I was a kid (mid 60’s) I used to go to The Village shopping center in Gary and buy a 45 record at Kresgee’s and a Mint Marshmallow from Fannie May every Saturday with my allowance!
    As an adult, I grew to really appreciate their chocolate, realizing there is no better candy in the world! Not even See’s!
    Trinidad’s are my absolute favorite! I moved to Florida in 1982, and would have Fannie May and Peerless Potato Chips shipped to me every year!
    I can’t thank you enough for these recipe’s! I will be making them! I have never heard of Green and Black candy. Where can I buy the white bars? I’m in Delaware/Maryland area now.

  12. posted Oct 25, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    In the directions you mention using the chocolate bars twice, but they are listed in the ingredients only once. Also, use of the cocoa is not mentioned in the directions. I’m assuming, I hope correctly, that the cocoa, not the chocolate bars, is added to the heavy cream and butter?

  13. posted Jun 4, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Is the chocolate sweetened or unsweetened?

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