These sweet & nutty BOOberry Truffles will be a ghoulishly delicious treat for Halloween.
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 their monthly 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: BOOberry Truffles
This truffle recipe is very basic and easy to make. I used dates, dried blueberries, and walnuts for the base.
After a spin in my food processor, I shaped them into my ghost base.
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.
Originally I used organic vegan white chocolate in hopes of making a vegan treat, but tempering white chocolate proved to be too big of a challenge. So I cheated, yes I did. I went to Michaels and bought Wilton’s Bright White Candy Melts which worked perfectly.
Next, I dipped each base in melted white chocolate and simply pressed the arms gently into the body. Two dried blueberries were used for the eyes. They stuck perfectly. And voila! Caspar was coming to life.
They kept beautifully in the refrigerator until my party the next day. The nutty, fruity, sweetness combination makes this Halloween treat a winner.
This recipe was originally written and published October 14, 2004
- 2/3 cup walnuts I used Sanguinetti red walnuts
- 1/2 cup + 32 dried blueberries for the eyes
- 1/2 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.
To make the truffles:
Place the walnuts in the food processor and process until nuts are ground into small pieces, about 30 seconds.
Add the dried blueberries, chopped dates, and sea salt into the food processor with the nuts and process another 30 seconds.
Remove mixture from food processor and form 14 small balls out of the mixture by rolling them between your palms.
Place balls on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper. With your fingers pinch the balls to form a cone-like shape.
Put formed truffles in the refrigerator.
To form ghost arms:
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.
Melt 1/2 cup of white chocolate in the microwave according to the directions on the package.
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.
Set cookie sheet in refrigerator for 10 minutes or until set.
To form ghosts:
Melt remaining chocolate in microwave.
Dip each truffle in the chocolate and place on the cookie sheet.
Gently press each arm into the truffle.
Press 2 dried blueberries in the top of the truffle for the eyes.
Repeat until all of the truffles are finished.
Place the prepared BOOberry Truffles in the refrigerator until you need them.
Allow a couple hours to make these.
They were a hit at my FBLA meeting. The cute black plate came from Michaels as well.
I had fun making these BOOberry 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.
I love this Cathy!!! How cute are they?! Love me some dried blueberries too… they are a new sensation for me!
Thanks Natalie. I love dried blueberries as well. I am always trying to think of new ways to use them.
Wow, cool and creative! Love your little white ghost angels. 🙂 The berry and nut combination looks irresistible.
Thanks Nan, they were fun to make and as healthy as you can almost make candy.
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
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!
Fresh Food in a Flash
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.
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.
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!
LOL! Adair we missed your “boo”tiful face at the meeting.
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.
Thanks Leslie. Have fun making these ghoulish guys. Your Pumpkin cake was fabulous. http://bakethiscake.com/2014/10/12/gold-pumpkin-cake/
Those are sooooooo cute Cathy. You are really something! What an inspiration! Happy Halloween!
Thanks Cathy, I had so much fun making them. Thanks for stopping by.
These are sooooo cute! I mean, REALLY cute! I’m with you on Halloween — I only do cute. 😉
Thanks Valentina. So glad you like them.
sue/the view from great island
I’m not a huge Halloween fan, either, but these little guys are super charming!
Thanks Sue! Who knew that charming and Halloween would go together? Thanks for stopping by!
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!
Thank you, healthy and not scary is a good combination.
Super adorable…. always the artist Cathy gurl…
Thanks Tina, art happens in the kitchen all the time over here. 🙂
Oh my gosh, these are so cute Cathy!!!!
Thanks Kristianne! I am so happy you like them.
lynne @ cookandbemerry
The creative and artistic you triumphs again. So cute.
Thanks Lynne! Sometimes I just can’t help myself.
Eek! I’m so frightened! XOGREG
Greg you should be scared… very scared. 🙂
Sue @ It's Okay to Eat the Cupcake
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!
Thanks Sue! I love your idea of using cookie cutters. Fall leaves, oh you have have me thinking. 🙂
Oh, you would SOOOO not like my witches’ fingers and troll toes that I just baked! Haha! Yes, these adorable ghosts are much less gory and better for the little ones, too! So cute, Cathy!
I would love your witches fingers and troll toes just because you made them! These are so cool!!! https://www.christinascucina.com/witches-digits-or-witches-fingers/
Your creativity never ceases to amaze me!!! Loved these and think the Christmas Angels would be great!!! Thanks for sharing!!!
Oooh what a great idea… Christmas Angels.
Nanette La Salle
So darned cute! Love them. Amazing treat, I’ll take a dozen please! 🙂
Thanks Nan, come on over and I will make you a dozen! 😉
Karen (Back Road Journal)
I’m with you about the gory halloween items but your cute and friendly ghosts are perfect…to top it off, they sound delicious.
Thanks Karen, they are fun to make and people love them.
Gerlinde de Broekert (Sunnycovechef)
Your little ghosts are darling , it would be fun to make them with children.
Kids love these treats and making them is half the fun!