Love that chewy, crispy, chocolatey snack cake from your childhood? Now you can make them at home but a little more sophisticated. These two-bite Star Crunch Truffle Balls bring you right back to your youth while still being an adult!
What is a Star Crunch you ask? As a kid, I always ate Little Debbie Snack Cakes. Swiss rolls were my absolute favorite, sometimes consuming almost a whole box in one sitting (love that childhood metabolism), and I even had a methodical way to eat them.
I would unwrap the chocolate coating first and then eat the small ridge of pooled chocolate at the lip of the roll. Then I would chomp my way down the cake and cream filling. After one roll, onto the next one… Don’t make fun of me, I even eat my Sno-Caps in a weird way. The Star Crunch snack cake was a close second!
Ever tried to share your traditions with your kids and they laugh at you? My kids don’t like anything I show them. But bring in a stranger and let them show them the EXACT thing and they act like it’s the greatest thing in the world. I tried this with snack cakes and my kids and they held true to their actions, until Christmas time.
My oldest son went to his Youth Group dirty Santa gift exchange and came back with a box of Little Debbie snack cakes. A large cardboard box filled with 8 smaller boxes of delicious snack cakes. He was so cheerful and happy when he brought them home and showed me his haul. One that he got after someone received his gift of Minion bath soaps…
His first question to me was “What is a Star Crunch?” I wanted to say that they were the delicious snacks I have been begging you to try but wouldn’t. Just to throw it in my face, he ate one. Now he is hooked!
After eating a few that he so graciously shared with me, I came to the realization that I still loved them, but the serving was too large for me. I could really just use a bite or two, not an entire medium pizza portion. I have been known to take down a few of those no problem.
Making a smaller version, as is the Take Two Tapas way, will still get my crunchy, chewy, chocolately fix without having a stomach ache or feelings of guilt.
Your Childhood Favorite?
What is your favorite Little Debbie Snack cake, how many can you eat in one setting, and do you have a method of eating it that will help me feel less weird about my consumption routine?
- Chewy Center:
- one 11 ounce bag of caramels (bits or about 35 unwrapped caramel squares)
- 4 tablespoons of butter , room temperature
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- 4 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips
- Chocolate Coating:
- 12 ounces dark chocolate discs or chips
- 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
Place the cereal in a zip-top bag, squeeze out all the air, and crush the cereal a bit with a rolling pin, can, or your big muscles. The cereal in the original snack cake is smaller than the one in the box so I brought them down to a size that is close. This helps with the mixing too.
Remove from the bag and pour into a metal or glass bowl until ready to add to the caramel mixture.
In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the butter and caramels over medium heat.
Whisk to combine.
Stir in the 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips and stir until all melted.
Add in the marshmallows and stir until all combined. You will get an arm workout!
Pour the caramel mixture over the 4 cups of cereal that is in a larger bowl.
Stir to combine. It will start to get stiff very soon so work fast.
Let cool for a few minutes.
Once they are cooled a bit, roll into 1 1/2 inch balls. I used a small ice cream scoop to keep them uniform, just make sure to coat it with non-stick spray so they are easier to roll.
When ready to coat, melt the chocolate discs and shortening over a double boiler.
Dip the truffles in the melted chocolate one at a time.
Roll to cover completely and remove with a fork. Tap the fork on the edge of the bowl to remove any excess.
Place the truffle on a parchment-lined baking sheet or a silicone pad.
Continue dipping until all the truffles are coated.
Cool in the fridge until the coating is set. This takes about 20 minutes
Store in an air-tight container until they are all gone. This takes about 1 day or two:)
The inside won’t be as dark as the original Star Crunch snack cake, but the taste is the same!
If you like these Homemade Star Crunch Truffle Balls, try Derby Week Bourbon Balls!
Recipe for these truffles was adapted from the awesome Averie Cooks!