I am all about sharing recipes with a twist. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner I couldn’t think of anything better to share with you then these super easy Chinese Five Spice Chocolate Truffles. Before you think I am crazy for adding Chinese Five Spice to chocolate I encourage you to give it a try.
The inspiration for this combination came from a chocolate tour and tasting my husband and I did in Hawaii. We went on a three-hour adventure and learned all about the cacao tree and how to make chocolate from the cacao fruit. At the end of the tour we sat down to an extensive chocolate tasting.
We tasted twenty different types of chocolate that were all grown and made in Hawaii. The experience was as amazing as it sounds! We tried chocolate with ginger, pineapple, bacon, coconut, and nuts.
With all of the different types we tried, my favorite bite of chocolate during that three hours and twenty different tastings was the one with Chinese Five Spice! I was just as surprised as you probably are right about now. You may even be wondering, “What the heck is this spice?!”
If you aren’t familiar with Chinese Five Spice, it typically contains spices like cloves, star anise, cinnamon, fennel, and pepper. It has a bit of a black licorice flavor that works so well with dark chocolate.
If you would have told me fifteen years ago that I would love dark chocolate I might not have believed you. I was “Team Milk Chocolate” all the way. But then I learned about all of the health benefits contained within dark chocolate. It is important to know that not all chocolate is created equal.
Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and the higher percentage of cacao, the more nutrients. Over time my taste buds have adjusted and now I can’t get enough of the dark stuff!
If you are as big of a chocolate fan as I am, then you will also love some of my other favorites! How about a Chocolate Fruit Crisp for Two, served with a Strawberry White Hot Chocolate? Both would be perfect to share with a loved one this Valentine’s Day along with these Chinese Five Spice Chocolate Truffles! Give this recipe a try, be sure to let me know what you think in the comments and share it with me over on Instagram!
- Add the chocolate chips, coconut milk, Chinese five spice, and salt to a heat-safe bowl.
- Put the bowl over a small/medium saucepan with water over low heat (this is a double boiler).
- Stirring the mixture as the water warms up and starts to gently melt the chocolate.
- Incorporate all ingredients together well as the chocolate melts.
- Remove from heat as soon as melted together.
- Put the bowl in the fridge and allow to set, about 2 hours.
- The chocolate should be set.
- Put the cacao powder onto a plate.
- Using a small spoon, scrape up about 1 tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a ball by rolling it in between your hands.
- Drop the truffle onto the plate with the cacao powder and roll to coat.
- Repeat the process until you have used the entire chocolate mixture.
- Store the truffles in a dish in the fridge.