Caramel hearts with a strawberry center and rich chocolate shell make for the perfect Valentine’s truffles–almost as quick & easy to make as to devour!
Sweet. Shaped like hearts. Strawberry jam filled and strawberry dust sprinkled. So silly simple the tutorial video almost felt unnecessary. So speedy to assemble you can probably make them in less time than it takes to read this post. And I wouldn’t blame you for choosing that option, there isn’t any chocolate at the end of reading.
But since you are sticking with me, let’s chat about these sweet-centered bites! From inside to out the layers are: strawberry jam > sticky “caramel” > chocolate shell > strawberry dust. That may sound like a lot of layers after I promised you simple, but there is no flour or food processors or truffle ball-forming required!
You know when you are splitting open a date to pluck out that pesky oblong pit? And you start from the stem side, squeeze, and split it down the middle? And about halfway down the date with a little digging its usually possible to pull the pit out from amidst all those sticky fibers? STOP! Right there. Look at the now partially-split, pit-free date in your hand (because you are doing this with me as you read along, yes?) It’s a perfect heart, don’t you see it!?
And just when I thought dates were as amazing as a fruit could be…something else to add to the Why Dates Are The Most Magical Fruit list. I think this natural heart resemblance discovery helps to offset their natural beetle resemblance problem somewhat too, don’t you?
After you wiggle the pit out of it’s caramel cave, there is plenty of space for squeezing in a fruity jam filling. Since simple is the theme here, I just used my go-to fruit-juice-sweetened strawberry jam. You could use homemade strawberry jam instead, but that will require a bit longer than the 5 minutes I promised. A piping bag is best for this step, or a plastic bag with one corner snipped off works too.
Now that the
dates hearts are stuffed with strawberry, a coating of dark chocolate holds all that sweetness inside. For a pop of pink on the outside, magical fairy fruit dust (a.k.a. blended freeze dried strawberries) is the perfect finishing touch before a few minutes in the freezer to set.
Happy sweet heart making!
5-Minute Strawberry Sweet Heart Truffles
Spoon the strawberry jam into a piping bag or plastic bag with one corner cut off and set aside.
In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips. Set aside.
In a completely DRY blender, grind the freeze dried strawberries to a powder. Set aside in a safe and dry place, any moisture will cause the powder to clump.
Pinch the stem side of one medjool date and pull apart slowly to split the date halfway. Do not go too far or tear the date completely in half. Remove the pit. If you are confused, watch the video for a demo.
Repeat until all dates are pitted.
Insert the tip of the piping bag into the cavity where the pit used to be and squeeze to fill with jam. Repeat until all dates are filled.
Dip each date in melted chocolate to completely coat. Transfer to a plate/pan lined with wax paper.
Sprinkle with strawberry dust, and chill until the chocolate is set. Enjoy!
They can stay be kept at room temperature once the chocolate is set, but keep best in the fridge.