“BOO”Berry Truffles

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I am not a Halloween lover. I can pass out over a cut on my finger, let alone looking at gory bloody body parts, zombies and such. So why am I posting something for Halloween? My Food Blogger Los Angeles group decided Halloween would be a good theme for this month’s meeting.

I really had to rack my brain to think of something to make. I knew it had to be cute, so I dug back into my childhood and remembered Casper, the friendly ghost. Yes, a cute and friendly ghost was my goal. I thought about all white food that could become a ghost. Off to Google I went. I discovered lots of ghoulish goodies like banana ghosts, mashed potato ghosts, & ghost pizzas, but it was the “boo”tiful ghost strawberries that got me really thinking.

The trick is using dried blueberries instead of strawberries, in the form of a truffle for my treat.

Today’s Recipe:

This truffle recipe is very basic and easy to make. I used California dates, dried blueberries from Frieda’s Produce, and these beautiful Sanguinetti red walnuts.

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I took them for a spin in my food processor and then shaped them into my ghost base.

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I drew some arms for my ghosts and put a piece of wax paper over it to pipe on the white chocolate. You can download my template by clicking here.

Boo-Berry Truffles | She Paused 4 Thought

Originally I used organic vegan white chocolate in hopes of making a vegan treat, but tempering white chocolate proved to be a challenge I failed miserably at. So I cheated, yes I did. I went to Michaels and bought Wilton’s Bright White Candy Melts. Can I just say they work like a dream.

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I dipped each base in melted white chocolate and simple pressed the arms gently into the body. I used 2 dried blueberries for the eyes. They stuck perfectly. And voila! Caspar was coming to life. 

I kept them in the refrigerator until my party the next day. The nutty, fruity, sweetness combination makes these Halloween treats a winner.

Boo-Berry Truffles | She Paused 4 Thought

"BOO"Berry Truffles
Author: 
Recipe type: Halloween
 
These sweet & nutty ghosts will be a real treat for Halloween.
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup red walnuts (I used Sanguinetti red walnuts)
  • ½ cup + 32 dried blueberries for the eyes, (I used Frieda’s Produce dried blueberries)
  • ½ cup pitted & chopped California Medjool dates (about 6 dates)
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 1 bag (12 oz.) of Wilton's Bright White Candy Melts or white chocolate of your preference.
Instructions
To make the truffles:
  1. Place the walnuts in the food processor and process until nuts are ground into small pieces, about 30 seconds.
  2. Add the dried blueberries, chopped dates, and sea salt into the food processor with the nuts and process another 30 seconds.
  3. Remove mixture from food processor and form 14 small balls out of the mixture by rolling them between your palms.
  4. Place balls on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper. With your fingers pinch the balls to form a cone-like shape.
  5. Put formed truffles in the refrigerator.
To form ghost arms:
  1. Tape your arms template to a small cookie sheet. Put a piece of waxed paper over the template and tape the paper to the cookie sheet.
  2. Melt ½ cup of white chocolate in the microwave according to the directions on the package.
  3. Put melted chocolate into a snack size ziplock bag and cut a small tip off the edge and pipe chocolate following the template to form the arms.
  4. Set cookie sheet in refrigerator for 10 minutes or until set.
To form ghosts:
  1. Melt remaining chocolate in microwave.
  2. Dip each truffle in the chocolate and place on the cookie sheet.
  3. Gently press each arm into the truffle.
  4. Press 2 dried blueberries in the top of the truffle for the eyes.
  5. Repeat until all of the truffles are finished.
  6. Place the prepared "BOO"Berry Truffles in the refrigerator until you need them.
Notes
Yield:14
Allow a couple hours to make these.

They were a hit at my FBLA meeting. The cute black plate came from Michaels as well.

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I still don’t like Halloween, but I sure had fun making these “BOO”berry Truffles. I think you will too. To “BOO”, or not to “BOO”, that is the question I leave with you.
…and then, she paused for thought.

Disclaimer: I was given Sanguinetti Red Walnuts to taste and experiment with. All opinions are my own.

Sanguinetti red walnuts | She Paused 4 Thought

 

About Cathy Arkle

Cathy Arkle is a food blogger, culinary explorer, graphic artist, and cooking class junkie. Her inspirations come from her travels across the globe (50 countries) in the last 20+ years partaking in various ethnic cuisines while working as a graphic artist for major networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX & ESPN). She has collected a few Emmys in the field of graphic design for sports & entertainment. Cathy is also a graduate of the Pro Chef courses at The New School of Cooking in Culver City, CA

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31 Responses to “BOO”Berry Truffles

  1. Natalie October 14, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    I love this Cathy!!! How cute are they?! Love me some dried blueberries too… they are a new sensation for me!

    • Cathy Arkle October 14, 2014 at 10:17 am #

      Thanks Natalie. I love dried blueberries as well. I am always trying to think of new ways to use them.

  2. Nan October 14, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    Wow, cool and creative! Love your little white ghost angels. 🙂 The berry and nut combination looks irresistible.

    • Cathy Arkle October 14, 2014 at 10:16 am #

      Thanks Nan, they were fun to make and as healthy as you can almost make candy.

  3. Julie Grose October 14, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    Completely adorable! And how fun to eat such a delicious treat that is healthy too – with just that touch of sweet coating to indulge in. I’m thinking the same recipe could be formed into little “white pumpkins” with a bit of pretzel for the stem??? Thanks for sharing your fun great project with us! I’m toying with baking a chocolate pumpkin cake ….not sure how that combo would turn out!? Worth exploring at least once! The kids and I did our Autumn Leaf cookies with swirled Fall colors glazed on last week – they turned out gorgeous. Happy Fall baking and making everyone! Love and hugs, cousin Julie

    • Cathy Arkle October 14, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

      Thanks Julie! White pumpkins are a great idea. I was thinking they could also be angels for Christmas as well. Let me know how your chocolate pumpkin cake goes!

  4. Fresh Food in a Flash October 14, 2014 at 12:10 pm #

    These were absolutely adorable. Cathy, you did it again with your little creatures! I kept mine from our party to show off and finally ate it last night. The interior is delicious – healthy too. Not sure I have the patience to make these, but I’m thinking about how to use this recipe to do something for a little holiday treat.

    • Cathy Arkle October 14, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

      Thanks Patricia, you don’t have to dip them in chocolate. Just make them into balls, and then roll them in chopped nuts, coconut or cocoa powder.

  5. Lentil Breakdown October 14, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

    I can see I made a boo-boo by not going to the meeting! Once again, you take the cake (I’m betting) for most creative concoction! Simply amazing!

    • Cathy Arkle October 14, 2014 at 1:03 pm #

      LOL! Adair we missed your “boo”tiful face at the meeting.

  6. Leslie Macchiarella October 14, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    Big hit, yes!! Absolutely adorable! And how lucky I feel to have received one of these precious Boo Berry Truffles to sample. Wow! SO scrumptious!!! Since I (unlike some) am a Halloween lover, I will most certainly pin this on my Halloween Pinterest board and look forward to whipping up a batch for the upcoming neighborhood Halloween House.

  7. Cathy Bennett October 15, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

    Those are sooooooo cute Cathy. You are really something! What an inspiration! Happy Halloween!

    • Cathy Arkle October 15, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

      Thanks Cathy, I had so much fun making them. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. cookingontheweekends October 15, 2014 at 5:30 pm #

    These are sooooo cute! I mean, REALLY cute! I’m with you on Halloween — I only do cute. 😉

    • Cathy Arkle October 15, 2014 at 6:46 pm #

      Thanks Valentina. So glad you like them.

  9. sue/the view from great island October 15, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

    I’m not a huge Halloween fan, either, but these little guys are super charming!

    • Cathy Arkle October 15, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

      Thanks Sue! Who knew that charming and Halloween would go together? Thanks for stopping by!

  10. theninjabaker October 15, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

    Halloween is not usually my favorite time of year either…I’m also squeamish about blood and ghouls. But your adorable truffle ghosts definitely add true fun to this time of year! Great recipe!

    • Cathy Arkle October 15, 2014 at 10:01 pm #

      Thank you, healthy and not scary is a good combination.

  11. Tina Winters October 16, 2014 at 9:38 am #

    Super adorable…. always the artist Cathy gurl…

    • Cathy Arkle October 16, 2014 at 9:58 am #

      Thanks Tina, art happens in the kitchen all the time over here. 🙂

  12. mysfkitchen October 16, 2014 at 7:03 pm #

    Oh my gosh, these are so cute Cathy!!!!

  13. Cathy Arkle October 16, 2014 at 11:42 pm #

    Thanks Kristianne! I am so happy you like them.

  14. lynne @ cookandbemerry October 19, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

    The creative and artistic you triumphs again. So cute.

    • Cathy Arkle October 21, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

      Thanks Lynne! Sometimes I just can’t help myself.

  15. Sippitysup October 23, 2014 at 10:57 am #

    Eek! I’m so frightened! XOGREG

  16. Cathy Arkle October 23, 2014 at 10:59 am #

    Greg you should be scared… very scared. 🙂

  17. Sue @ It's Okay to Eat the Cupcake October 14, 2015 at 3:26 pm #

    Oh my gosh, these are adorable! And they sound deliciously healthy. I love Sanguinetti Red Walnuts. I’ll bet if you patted the mixture out into a square/rectangle you could use cookie cutters to make shapes…fall leaves dipped in the orange and yellow candy melts would be so cute for Thanksgiving!

    • ShePaused4Thought October 15, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

      Thanks Sue! I love your idea of using cookie cutters. Fall leaves, oh you have have me thinking. 🙂

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