[WATCH] Brazilian chocolate truffles with boozy cherries

Watch Sean Gravina make Brazilian chocolate truffles, especially for carnival, served with booze-soaked cherries for a more grown-up treat. 

Watch Sean Gravina make Brazilian chocolate truffles served with boozy cherries - the perfect grown-up treat

Brazilian chocolate truffles with boozy cherries


  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100ml water
  • 1 tot Frangelico
  • 1 tot Gran Marnier
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 punnet cherries
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, plus a little extra
  • 400g tin sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • To decorate
  • 50g toasted chopped pistachios
  • 50g flaked almonds
  • 50g desiccated coconut


  1. Make a sugar syrup with equal amounts of sugar and water and cook until thick. Add the Frangelico, Gran Marnier and star anise and take off the heat.
  2. Place the cherries in the sugar syrup and allow to sit until you make the truffles.
  3. In a medium heavy-based saucepan, heat the butter, condensed milk, a pinch of salt and the cocoa, to boiling, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium-low; cook for 10-15 mins, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick and shiny and starts to pull away from the bottom.
  5. Stir in the vanilla and vigorously mix again.
  6. Pour the mixture onto a buttered bowl and allow to cool for at least 2 hours at room temperature.
  7. Butter your hands and pinch off some of the mixture to make 2.5cm balls.
  8. Place your toppings into small bowls and roll the balls of one of the decorations. Place in mini paper baking cups or on a tray lined with non-stick baking paper.
  9. Serve with boozy cherries.

This recipe first appeared on Gourmet Today TV, aired on TVM on 13 February, 2015.