Paddy's Easy Truffle Recipe

Cathy Cassidy’s delicious Chocolate Box Girls series for girls age 9+ is set in sunny Somerset. The books are about five sisters whose parents - Paddy and Charlotte - decide to set up a chocolate-making business. The girls immediately get stuck in with the chocolate tasting, suggesting fillings and names, as well as designing beautiful chocolate boxes which soon get the family business spotted by the press.

Why not try this quick and easy chocolate truffle recipe with your daughter, and then enter this simple competition to win a full, SIGNED set of Cathy Cassidy’s Chocolate Box Girls series. Just in time for Christmas!

Makes 60 truffles (enough to share!)


340g fine quality dark chocolate
60g unsalted butter, softened
200ml double cream
50g caster sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp icing sugar


Break up the chocolate, chop very finely and put into a mixing bowl with the butter.

Place the cream and sugar in a saucepan, bring just to the boil and remove from heat. 

Pour the cream onto the chocolate and butter and beat until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth and shiny. 

Freeze for a few hours, until firm enough to shape. 

Mix the cocoa and icing sugar together, dust hands with mixture and roll mixture into truffle shapes.

Chill until serving, or keep in airtight container for up to a week.


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