Bittersweet Coconut Cream Truffles with Bubble Tea Powder

My favorite sponsor booth at BlogHer Food was, hands down, the Scharffen Berger booth.  Not to play favorites or anything, as there were lots of amazing sponsors, but really, a whole bag of free chocolate (including a box of cacao nibs) is certainly the way to my heart.  Naturally, I decided to make some truffles.

Normally you make truffle centers by heating up some heavy cream and then letting the chopped chocolate melt in, but I did not have any heavy cream on hand.  Undeterred, and really wanting some truffles, I scooped the coconut cream off the top of a can of coconut milk and used that instead.  It worked nicely.  To extend the theme, I rolled the truffles in some Green Coconut Bubble Tea powder.  Now I don’t expect you to have this on hand, so please feel free to roll them in some cocoa powder, powdered sugar, or just dip them in some additional melted chocolate.  If you love bubble tea and feel like this is an item you must have on hand, I ordered it here and the picture below is a truffle center rolling around in its pale-green glory.  You might also find it called pandan powder.

To make the truffles, I placed a third of a cup of the coconut cream in a microwave-safe bowl and heated it for two minutes on high.  I then placed six ounces (two large bars) of chopped, Scharffen Berger Bittersweet chocolate in the hot cream and stirred it until it was all melted together.  I put in a pinch of cinnamon and some dried, powdered lemon grass, just for kicks.  Put that in the fridge until it is firm enough to mold into small balls, and then roll the balls in the bubble tea powder (or whatever you prefer or have on hand).  This will make about a dozen, very-rich truffles.

Now, on to the “share the love” giveaway.  I have to say that this conference was the most fun I have ever had while also learning.  Most. Fun. Ever.  I met some wonderful new foodie friends, including Robin of South Jersey Locavore, and Alli of All I Eat Food.  I also got to hang out with some of my cooking contest friends, Lisa of Snappy Gourmet, Liz of the new blog Corkscrews and Curls, Lisa of Jersey Girl Cooks, and Anna of Cookie Madness.  The best fun was talking with everyone about the challenges and rewards of blogging (as well as contesting, among our little subgroup).  That there were many parties, outings, and plenty of swag just added to the camaraderie.

Ergo, for this giveaway, I want to share a little of the generous swag we received at the conference (next year I will pack a larger suitcase).

To enter, just leave a comment after this post, telling me either 1. why you think this is an awesome giveaway, or 2. your favorite North American perching bird, or 3. whether you have ever been forced to wear a hairnet.

Giveaway has ended!

You can get additional entries by Tweeting this giveaway (especially appropriate if you go with the perching bird option), and/or posting it on Facebook.  If you do either or both of those things, be sure to leave an additional comment to get another entry or two.

Comments are due by 2:00 p.m. M.S.T. on Saturday, June 4th. U.S. addresses, only please, as this is a not-for-profit blog.  I will draw the winner using and one lucky duck (technically not a perching bird) will win the swag!

Thanks for reading,


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30 Responses to Bittersweet Coconut Cream Truffles with Bubble Tea Powder

  1. Angela May 25, 2011 at 4:33 am #

    This giveaway is great because I love cookbooks!

  2. Zo @ Two Spoons May 25, 2011 at 7:48 am #

    Hi, not commenting because of the giveaway, just to thank you for the truffle inspiration. Had never thought of using coconut cream, but of course it's perfect for vegans and would taste amaaaazing too! Cheers!

  3. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum May 25, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    I love the teeth marks on that truffle! The sign of a delicious treat.

    And I think this is an awesome giveaway because I'm a teacher and I could use some chocolate at this point in the year!!

  4. Beth Jackson Klosterboer May 25, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    I donned hair net, ear covers, shoe covers, and a lab coat to go on a tour of a candy manufacturing plant. Sure wouldn't want to wear all that gear at work everyday. So glad you had a great time at the Blog Her convention. Sounds like a lot of fun. Your truffles look yummy. I've made truffles with coconut cream before and love the taste, of course I'd eat the coconut cream by the spoonful and be happy, but I have never even heard of bubble tea (not a tea drinker,) so I need to get some to try.

  5. sweetie May 25, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    first i was drawn into your site by the truffles recipe. then the cupcake book cover kept me engaged. but Scharffen Berger swag? i'm headed to put my entry into the comment section.

  6. Lynne Laino May 25, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    First, I just love that you fly by the seat of your pants and made amazing substitutions, second, thank you for introducing me to Bubble Tea Powder (never heard of that EVER)!
    What a great thing to hang out with all those fabulous bloghers!
    My favorite NA perch bird visited my feeders just one day last month and I had to search for what it was – Indigo Bunting – absolutely beautiful!

  7. Lorie May 25, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    Oooooh…excellent idea about the coconut milk. Was it coconut milk you used or cream of coconut?

    I think the giveaway is awesome because chocolate helps me to be a better person.

  8. Angela FRS May 25, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    Lorie, I literally just opened up a can of coconut milk without disturbing it much and scooped up that thick cream right off of the top–wasn't sure that it would work but the stuff is pure fat, so of course it did 🙂 And yes, chocolate makes us all better people…

  9. Denise Heikinen May 25, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    Now I'm wondering what you did with the coconut milk! My favorite perching bird is the same as Anne Wysocki's, the West Baltimore gross beak (or something like that)!

  10. Angela FRS May 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    Posting this for Mary B., who is among those having trouble getting Blogger to post comments today:

    "I have never had the misfortune of wearing a hairnet; however, I have worn a chef's hat, which feels perpetually as though it is going to slide down over one's face and into whatever one happens to be stirring at the time … which, of course, is usually something along the lines of chocolate mousse."

  11. Jennifer Ann Daskevich May 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    This giveaway is great because cupcakes make the world a better place. 🙂 Your truffles look beautiful.

  12. JennT1981 May 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    This giveaway is awesome simply because there is chocolate truffles involved. And I have been forced to wear a hairnet while conducting my product demonstrations in our local grocery stores, always got great comments on them though 😀

  13. Angela FRS May 27, 2011 at 2:45 am #

    Blogger is not cooperating–if you are having trouble leaving a comment, please send me an email at and I post a comment for you!

  14. Angela FRS May 27, 2011 at 2:45 am #

    "will" post a comment for you…

  15. Angela FRS May 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    Here's a post from Cathy W., who has also been able to comment:

    "I have never been forced to wear a hairnet. However, a nun once pulled a hankerchief out of her sleeve and made me wear it on my head in church. My 7 year-old self would have preferred the hairnet.

    Oh–and chocolate is one of the definitions of awesome, isn't it?"

  16. Angela May 28, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    The truffles look delicious and I too have never heard of bubble tea!

  17. Angela May 29, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    Ok – I have never been forced to wear a hairnet.

  18. Angela May 30, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    This giveaway is great beacause it has the potential of me eating chocolate!

  19. Carole May 31, 2011 at 1:24 am #

    This givaway is great because I can (1) add to my 3000+ cookbooks and (2) I can try new cupcakes.

  20. Lanie June 1, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    Oh I am so sorry I missed the event. I am for sure going to be there next year. This is a great giveaway because you are sharing a piece of your experience, with us! And we are so appreciative of the sharing!

  21. Lanie June 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    2) I posted on my facebook as well, but I really LOVE cupcakes! My guiltiest pleasure!!!~

  22. laurielufkin June 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    I echo Carole……..this giveaway is great because (1), I can add to my measly 500 cookbook collection (I am an amateur compared to Carole) and I can EAT new cupcakes!!

  23. Regina Guinn June 2, 2011 at 1:02 am #

    It is a great give away because you always give away great things and who wouldnt want everything you give away.
    Yes, I have had to wear a hairnet when I worked in a food processing plant, many many years ago

  24. DeeVee June 2, 2011 at 1:58 am #

    When I worked at Casa Bonita (yes, really) I very occasionally was pressed into service on the food line and had to don the very attractive hairnet. Mostly I tried to stick to my gift shop duty.

    Mocha Scharffen Berger? Who need say more about the awesomeness of the giveaway!

  25. Pegasuslegend August 15, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    Gorgeous! Decadent and I want some!

  26. marla August 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    Bubble tea powder?? Had no idea that existed. These truffles look awesome!

  27. Marie Carroll August 31, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    I worked at a fast food restaurant. I’m not sure if what they forced us to where was suppose to be a hairnet, or a fashion accessory. It was called a snood.

    • Angela August 31, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

      Marie, I had to wear one of those–I think you are correct.

  28. Felix September 1, 2013 at 12:03 am #

    Hi Angela,

    Great to get in touch with your website and work, mindblowing work and amazing recipe.

    Awesome dream come true gift to someone who loves cooking and baking.

    and the humming bird is one of North Americas perching birds.

    Lovely work and all the best in life


    • Angela September 1, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

      Thank you, Felix!

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