Ice Cream Truffles with Borghetti Chocolate Sauce

We can’t make it through many summer posts without posting an ice cream recipe. Ice cream is the perfect cool, no-bake dessert.  It is adaptable, and it tastes absolutely delicious.  This week we have a twist on a recipe that we found in the 2022 July/August issue of Better Homes and Gardens.  We paired this recipe with some creamy Borghetti Chocolate Sauce.  What a treat!

This recipe looks and sounds complicated, but we were surprised how easy it was to actually make.  Once formed and frozen, these little spheres of ice cream disappeared quite quickly at The Blind Pig household.

To make the Ice Cream Truffles, you will need melted butter, sugar, panko bread crumbs, non-sweetened cocoa and premium ice cream. (We used Blue Bell Cookies and Cream.)  For the Chocolate Sauce you need non-sweetened cocoa, sugar, half and half, Caffe’ Borghetti Espresso Liqueur and butter.

First make the truffles crunchy coating.  Stir together melted butter, sugar and cocoa.  Toast panko in a small skillet over medium heat stirring until the crumbs turned a golden brown. Add the crumbs to the butter mixture and combine completely.

Using a small scoop or a melon baller scoop a 1-inch ball of premium ice cream.  A tip from the original recipe is to use premium ice cream, because it is more dense and will not melt as quickly as softer ice creams.  Form the ice cream ball with your hands and then drop in the crumb mixture. If the truffles are a little misshapen, there is no need to worry.  You will have an opportunity to reshape later.  You will need to work somewhat quickly in order to keep the ice cream from melting.

Place the truffles on a plate and place in the freezer for 1 hour.  Keep the leftover panko crumbs.  You will be using these.

After an hour, remove the truffles from the freezer.  Shape the misshapen truffles and roll one more time in the panko mixture.  Place the truffles back in the freezer for a minimum of an hour or until ready to serve.

While the truffles are in the freezer make the Borghetti Chocolate Sauce. (Scroll down for complete recipe.)

When ready to serve, remove truffles from the freezer and serve with slightly warm chocolate sauce for dipping.  You will need to eat this recipe fast- not because the ice cream will melt, but because the truffles will disappear quickly.

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Try out the recipe this weekend.  You will be glad you did.


If You Like Pina Coladas…

How is your summer going?  The Blind Pig Family has been packing in all of the fun in the sun that we can.  We just returned from a fabulous trip to Puerto Rico where we spent time on the beach, hiked through the rain forest, ziplined down the side of a mountain, kayaked through the bio bay, privately toured the governor’s mansion and more. This post is a combo trip report and a spotlight on an often overlooked, but timeless cocktail – The Pina Colada.

For 3/5 of our family, it was the first trip to Puerto Rico.  Craig and Piglet #1 had been to PR previously for business.  After our trip, we will most likely never go back to Mexico for a vacation again.  We were so pleased with the island, the amenities and the relative ease of getting there. (The flight was only about 4 – 4.5 hours direct, which is not bad for a tropical paradise.)  The beaches were beautiful and pristine and unlike beaches we have been to in other parts of the US and Mexico.  It nearly felt like we had a private beach the whole week.

Old San Juan was quaint and felt like we were walking down a street in Europe. It was a little muggy the day we strolled the streets.  We had other items on our agenda, but if we go back we would like to spend more time walking the streets and taking it in.  The Governor’s mansion was beautiful and rich with colonial Spanish architecture and history.

While in San Juan we visited Ron del Barrilito, which is the oldest rum distillery in San Juan.  Although it is no longer owned by the original family, this distillery has a long family tradition and story. We highly recommend adding this to your itinerary if you visit.  The employees were friendly and welcoming and the Pina Colada we ordered at the end of the tour was the best we’ve ever had!


Another highlight of the trip was hiking through the El Yunque Rainforest , which is the only tropical rainforest in the United States National Parks system. We drove an hour and a half into the mountains one morning to experience the mile long zipline at Toro Verde zipline park. If you are not afraid of heights, you must give this zipline a try.  You barrel down the side of the mountain head first in a hammock-like sling. If you watch Jimmy Fallon, he gave The Monster at Toro Verde a try. Everyone in our party loved it!

For more information on where to visit if you plan a trip to PR, we recommend visiting the Discover Puerto Rico website.

As promised, we are highlighting a delicious Pina Colada recipe that you can make at home.  Pina Coladas were invented in the Puerto Rico, which is also known as the rum capital of the world.  The original Pina Coladas were served on the rocks, so we stuck with tradition and are sharing that recipe with you.

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Where did you go this summer? Do you prefer vacations or trips?  We would love to hear about your adventures.


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