Chunky Monkey Truffles [Ben & Jerry’s Week!!]

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Sooooo I declare this week Ben & Jerry’s Week.

It’s what you do when you become increasingly obsessed with those damn delicious flavors of ice cream and when you kind of wish you lived inside of Ben and/or Jerry’s head(s).

I have always had a special soft spot for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. I don’t remember the first flavor I’ve ever had, but I do remember as a kid I would BEEEEEGGGGGG my mom to buy me my own little pint of heavenly churned ice cream and she’d be like “BLAH BLAH IT’S TOO EXPENSIVE BLAAAH” and I wouldn’t understand because I was like, 5, and five year olds are incapable of understanding the concept of money, or at least I was, which was why I always asked my mom for million dollar sheets.

Anyways, sometimes she’d cave and we’d get our own little pint of joy. I tried to savor each bite of melty, sweet ice cream, but knowing me, I am incapable of savoring anything as I’m too frenetic to stop and smell the flowers and also because melty ice cream is gross. Like soggy cereal. Who actually eats soggy things? So weird.

As I grew older, I started to appreciate their flavors more because I’m an unconventional kinda cat and I don’t like plain-anything. Immediately, I fell in looooove with Chunky Monkey. Hello, banana ice cream? Totally amazeballs. I’m obsessed with anything banana.

(Sidenote: as a kid, and okay, teen, and OKAY FINE ADULT, I have always been OBSESSED with Gerber’s banana baby food. WHYYY, I do not know, but every excuse I had to purchase it, I did. Wisdom teeth out? Asked for banana baby food. Broke up with a boyfriend? BBF, man. My mom thinks I am disgusting for being 22 and still eating baby food, but she obviously doesn’t understand the special magic that Gerber bottles and sells.)

So for Ben & Jerry’s week, I HAAAD to make something to pay homage to the chunkiest of all monkeys. Even though I hate monkeys — but that’s another story.

DSC_1041AThese truffles are WAY tasty! They taste JUST like banana, are soft and sweet, and are the perfect little treat. They also cause me to rhyme, which is a common side effect of awesome food.

DSC_1039AChunky Monkey Truffles *truffle base slightly adapted from Brunette Baker’s Peanut Butter Eggs recipe 

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Chunky Monkey Truffles [Ben & Jerry's Week!!]
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Recipe type: Truffles, Treats
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Serves: 14-16
 
These truffles taste identical to Ben & Jerry's classic Chunky Monkey ice cream!! No-bake and SIMPLE to make!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg. banana instant pudding mix
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 & ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ pkg chocolate almond bark or Candiquik
  • About 15 halved walnut pieces
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside. In a medium bowl, beat together the pudding mix and the softened butter with a handheld electric mixer until it begins to come together. Slowly add in the water, and continue beating the pudding mix until it resembles pudding.
  2. Gradually add the powdered sugar, about ⅓ cup at a time, until the mixture stiffens. Using a cookie dough scoop, roll out balls of the pudding mixture and gently roll them in your hands to round them. Place the truffles onto the baking sheet.
  3. Freeze the truffles for about an hour or until firm. Once frozen, melt the candy bark according to package directions. Drop a truffle into the chocolate bark, covering completely. Allow excess to drip off and return to the baking sheet. Place a walnut piece on top of each coated truffle. Allow the chocolate to set before serving. Makes about 14-16 truffles.

 

DSC_1044AI was SO surprised at the strong banana flavor in these petite truffles. It really packs the same flavor punch as the ice cream does! The insides are soft, with a texture very comparable to a truffle — not wet like pudding, but moist. And the crunchy chocolate outer shell with the salty walnut on top really exaggerates the Chunky Monkey flavor. These are SO fun to eat and make!

Stay tuned for some more B&J’s yumminess coming tomorrow!!

xo, Hayley

 

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Comments

  1. yummy!!!

  2. Eating baby food as an adult is totally not weird! I love the custard ones and I use fruity ones in baking all the time. So long as you’re not eating the weird hot dogs or pureed turkey and carrots, I think you’re doing fine as an adult 😉 Especially when youre making tasty truffles like these, YUM!

    • Ewwww yeah the meat/stew ones are SO weird. I can’t even stand to look at them when I’m buying my baby food. Hoooooow does one eat pureed meat?! Even if you are like, 6 weeks old or whatever. BABIES HAVE TASTE BUDS TOO YA KNOW.

  3. Oh geez. I haven’t had Ben & Jerry’s in forever. I think I need to buy some today. For real. And make these sweet truffles too! 🙂

  4. Eek ben and jerrys week.. this is awesome!!!

  5. Those look good!

    Ben and Jerry’s Week! I can’t wait to see what you post the rest of this week.

  6. Can’t wait to see what you come up with for the rest of the week! Love chunky monkey!

  7. What a fun week Hayley!! Love chunky monkey, I can only imagine how good these taste!

  8. Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    Looks like we both had truffles on the mind. YUM.

  9. Ben & Jerry’s week. Oh Hayley, how I love you. And Ben. And Jerry.

  10. What a fun truffle! I’m excited for the rest of the recipes this week

  11. Leah Thomas says:

    What size box of banana pudding do you use?

  12. I think every week should be Ben and Jerry’s week! These truffles look like little bites of chocolate covered banana goodness. Yumo!

  13. Uh, can I just pitch a pup tent and camp out on your blog this week? Pretty please?? These truffles sound all kind of chunky AMAZING.

  14. I would love a ben and jerry’s week! This looks like heaven in bite sized pieces, I love it!

  15. These are awesome! I love Ben and Jerry’s week. I want to live at your house okay?

  16. I hate monkeys too! But these look great. And I’m thinking of all the flavor possibilities, since you used a pudding mix…cheesecake pudding?!? Also, I don’t like baby food, but I like Gerber toddler food! 😉 Gerber Graduates actually makes REALLY good macaroni and cheese and oatmeal. So whatever. If you like it, eat it! 🙂

  17. Love the idea of Ben & Jerry’s week! These truffles sound fab!

  18. Um why are we on the same wave length!? Last night I made a Coffee Heath Bar Crunch cake inspired by b&j heath bar crunch-if you are doing that flavor later this week we should post the same day! And by the way these truffles are fan-freaking-tabulous! I would devour them all- maybe even scoop some ice cream on top.DROOOOOOL

  19. bakerbynature says:

    Ben and Jerry’s week sounds like the best week EVER!!!! And lord have mercy… these truffles?!! Gah.

  20. Could I love this week more??!! I don’t think so!!!

    OMG and these truffles are to diiiiieee

    I laughed really hard also because I forgot about the banana baby food. You’re funny 😛

  21. I mean… a whole Ben & Jerry’s week?!!! Are you making something with Chubby Hubby peanut butter & chocolate & pretzels?!!! Omahgaaahhhh I die just thinking about it. You’re killing me. But in a good way.
    My mom would never buy me Ben & Jerry’s either! And so I blame my parents thrifty-ness for my dessert-hoarding tendencies.

  22. Ben and Jerry’s week?! This is going to be the best week ever!! These truffles look heavenly!

  23. OMG I thought I was the only adult who liked banana baby food, *bounces* which of course is why I never mention it haha. But I now feel validated knowing someone else is obsessed with it too.

    Sidenote: It’s one of the only flavors I would ever eat…I was not big on baby food as a kid. Definitely going to try this recipe! 🙂

  24. What a fun inspiration for the week Hayley and these truffles look fantastic!

  25. Truffles from pudding mix? That’s so cool!!! I can’t wait for all the fun B&J inspired desserts!!!

  26. Love this recipe! We just linked out to you in our newest blog post here: http://www.recipechatter.com/truffle-season

  27. These are over the top! Who doesn’t love this & Ben & Jerry’s!? We hardly ever bought this as a kid. We usually got the $5 gallon of cheap ice cream, haha. Being an adult is nice. 😉

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