Chocolate truffles

Kirsty was a friend of mine when I was at primary school, Port Ahuriri School in Napier to be precise.  Kirsty was my friend – I like how that sounds……my friend.  It makes me smile just thinking about the fun things we did at her house:-

  • Camping in her tent with our own food ready for breakfast
  • Making Cockeyed Cake
  • Making Chocolate truffles
  • Annoying her brothers – Matthew & John
  • Exploring their tree studded yard, I recall it as a mini forest
  • Playing games like hangman, boxes and doing fold up drawings

Kirsty was my friend, and what I recall most is feeling right at home at her house.   Her mum, Aunty Mary, let us cook unassisted and I think that this (percieved) freedom, combined with opportunity, success and chocolate  that encouraged me to pursue a career in cooking.

These truffles are easy to make and can be safely made by the fairly young child with minimal supervision.

  • 12 tablespoons Milk Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Cocoa
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 8 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons Milk
  • ½ Cup Sultanas
  • dash of Vanilla
  • Chocolate hail
  1. Sift Cocoa and Milk Powder together into a bowl
  2. Put the Butter, Sugar and Milk in a small saucepan.
  3. Heat gently until melted.
  4. Stir in the dry ingredients and Sultanas
  5. Leave to stand until it is firm enough to handle
  6. Shape into small balls and roll in Chocolate hail
  7. Leave to set.

I have heard it said that these are better a few days later but I dont recall them ever lasting that long.



  • Use Currants, Walnuts, Mixed fruit, chopped dried Apricots etc
  • Soak fruit in 1 Tablespoon of Rum or brandy for about an hour
  • Roll in Coconut, 100s ans 1000s, Amlond meal, chopped nuts etc
  • Shape truffle mix around a small marshmellow
  • Use Peppermint to replace vanilla

The original recipe is good for learning to count in Tablespoons. below is a table showing the equivalent Cup measurements and also the cup measurements to make a larger quantity.

Hey Kirsty, Thank you for being my friend!

Original in Tablespoons Ingredients Original in Cups Catering quantity
12 Tablespoons Milk Powder ¾ Cup 3 Cups
2 Tablespoons Cocoa ⅛ Cup ½ Cup
4 Tablespoons Butter ¼ Cup 1 Cup
8 Tablespoons Sugar ½ Cup 2 Cups
4 Tablespoons Milk ¼ Cup 1 Cup
½ Cup Sultanas ½ Cup 2 Cups


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