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Homemade Star Crunch Truffle Balls

Homemade Star Crunch Truffle Balls

Love that chewy, crispy, chocolaty 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!

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 Truffles bring you right back to your youth while still being an adult! Recipe for Homemade Star Crunch Truffle Balls Recipe | Take Two Tapas | #StarCrunch #Truffles #Dessert #LittleDebbie #Snack #Homemade #CopyCat

What is a Star Crunch Little Debbie you ask?

As a kid, I always ate Little Debbie Snack Cakes.  Swiss rolls are my absolute favorite, sometimes consuming almost a whole box in one sitting (love that childhood metabolism), and I even have a methodical way to eat them.

I unwrap the chocolate coating first and then eat the small ridge of pooled chocolate at the lip of the roll.  Next, I peel away the chocolate robe and eat that glorious sheet of chocolate. 

Then I 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.  In terms of favorite snack cakes, the Star Crunch snack cake is a close second!

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These two bite Star Crunch Truffles bring you right back to your youth while still being an adult! Recipe for Homemade Star Crunch Truffle Balls Recipe | Take Two Tapas | #StarCrunch #Truffles #Dessert #LittleDebbie #Snack #Homemade #CopyCat

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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 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.  He was so excited to get all this edible goodness instead of a tiny trinket.  His gift was a box of Minion bath soaps…

These two-bite Star Crunch Truffles bring your childhood back! Recipe for Homemade Star Crunch Truffle Balls Recipe | Take Two Tapas | #StarCrunch #Truffles #Dessert #LittleDebbie #Snack #Homemade #CopyCat

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 you wouldn’t.  I didn’t say it I just smiled.  He could tell right away that I was holding my tongue and just to throw it in my face, he ate one.  Now he is hooked!

The Star Crunch Truffle idea…

After eating a few that he so graciously shared with me, I came to the realization that I still love them, but the serving is way too large for me.  I really just need a bite or two, not an entire medium pizza portion.  I have been known to take down a few of those no problem too but the old metabolism has other ideas.

Making a smaller version, as is the Take Two Tapas way, will still get me a crunchy, chewy, chocolatey fix without having a stomach ache or feelings of guilt.  

The method is easy to prepare and you end up with 50 little Star Crunch Truffle Balls that are the perfect size for walking down memory lane.  The inside won’t be as dark as the original Star Crunch snack cake, but the taste is the same which is all that matters.

Star Crunch Recipe Ingredients

  1. caramel
  2. marshmallows
  3. butter
  4. dark chocolate chips
  5. crispy rice cereal

All of these yummy ingredients make a delicious truffle ball with a chewy and crispy center with a cover of dark chocolate!  What could better to pop in your mouth when you have a craving?

What is your favorite Little Debbie Snack cake?  How many Star Crunch Truffle Balls can you eat in one sitting, and do you have a method of eating it that will help me feel less weird about my consumption routine?

star crunch truffles on a silicone matt

Homemade Star Crunch Truffle Balls

Yield: 20 truffles
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Love that chewy, crispy, chocolatey snack cake from your childhood? Now you can make them at home but a little more sophisticated. Two-bite Star Crunch Truffles bring you right back to your youth while still being an adult!


Star Crunch 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

Star Crunch Chocolate Coating

  • 12 ounces dark chocolate discs or chips
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening


Prep the cereal

  1. 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.
  2. Remove the cereal from the bag and pour into a metal or glass bowl until ready to add to the caramel mixture.

Make the caramel mixture

  1. In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the butter and caramels over medium heat.
  2. Whisk to combine.
  3. Stir in the 2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips and stir until melted.
  4. Add in the marshmallows and stir until all combined. You will get an arm workout!
  5. Pour the caramel mixture over the 4 cups of cereal in the larger bowl.
  6. Stir to combine. It will start to get stiff very soon so work fast.
  7. Let cool for a few minutes.

Make the Star Crunch Truffle Balls

  1. Once the caramel cereal mixture has cooled a bit, roll into 1.5 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.
  2. When ready to coat, melt the chocolate discs and shortening over a double boiler.
  3. Dip the truffles in the melted chocolate one at a time.
  4. Roll to cover completely and remove with a fork.
  5. Tap the fork on the edge of the bowl to remove any excess.
  6. Place the truffle on a parchment-lined baking sheet or a silicone baking sheet.
  7. Continue dipping until all the truffles are coated.
  8. Cool the truffles in the fridge until the coating is set. This takes about 20 minutes.
  9. Store in an air-tight container until they are all gone. This only takes about 1 day or two:)


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 234Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 101mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 2g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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If you like these Homemade Star Crunch Truffle Balls, try Derby Week Bourbon Balls, Cracker Truffles, Dulce de Leche Fireball Truffles, or these Chocolate Beer Truffles with Beer Pretzel Praline from my friend Dini at The Flavor Bender.

Recipe for these truffles was adapted from the awesome Averie Cooks!

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Emily Rife

Sunday 1st of September 2019

I hate using the Microwave now, but as an unknowing child, I always would heat my star crunch in the microwave for about 8 seconds. The hot gooey, caramel center & the warm crunchy outsides...there seemed to be nothing better for comfort food at that moment. I love this recipe be the way. I have tried making my own caramel at home for this one. It turns out great.

Christie Freeman

Wednesday 24th of August 2016

BTW, I cannot wait to try these!

Christie Freeman

Wednesday 24th of August 2016

Our family bought and ate Little Debbie snacks quite often, when I was a kid in the late 60's and 70's. I liked a few, and it is hard to name a favorite, but the chocolate or banana spongecakes, brownies, and apple flips were some we all loved. We loved Star Crunch, too, for a while, but I think we had them so often, some of us five kids got burnt out on them! Ah, the memories-many of whole boxes eaten up in less than a couple of days....I ate the frosting off the top of brownies, first. also, ate half of a spongecake, got to the filling, licked it all, then ate the rest of the cake. LOL. How many plastic wraps did we leave to find later, wishing there was just ONE more of the treats left in the box?

Wednesday 24th of August 2016

OMG yes! I always had a certain way to eat mine. We always had oatmeal cream pies, the cupcakes, and star crunch. Those were the days. I still feel lucky when I go to the box and find one left that the kids haven't eaten. Thanks so much for reading and I hope you enjoy making and eating them!

Christine | Mid-Life Croissant

Sunday 6th of March 2016

I was a huge fan of Swiss Rolls too but somehow the star crunch escaped me. They sound awesome! I will definitely be trying these.

Thursday 17th of March 2016

Can't believe that you haven't had a starcrunch! They are addicting so you might not want to start...

jane @ littlesugarsnaps

Sunday 28th of February 2016

Haha. You have to love these little kiddie habits. One of my daughters would only eat steamed broccoli at nursery for a while. Mine was just not the same (probably I didn't cook it to oblivion). And don't get me started on how I used to eat a Cadbury's Mini Roll when I was 8! Your truffle balls look and sound totally addictive. Pinning for later :)

Thursday 3rd of March 2016

Thanks Jane! Funny how those kiddie habits are still with us and how our kids pick up on them too!