Aloha Bites

This post has been on my dashboard since August 12, 2013.  A month after I started blogging, but I made these little bites when the cake pops were on trend.  I’m glad the ingredients and story that goes with it have been written.  Otherwise, I probably won’t remember the tale behind these delectable bites.

Having lived in Hawaii, I can’t help but miss the Aloha State.  I have so many wonderful memories there.  The people are very friendly;  the weather is similar to what I was accustomed to growing up; and the island is surrounded with pristine, beautiful beaches, and breathtaking sceneries.  My heart belongs to Hawaii. ❤

Photo taken in day time

It would have been nice if the picture frame was not included in the background. 😦

My mother was quite ill, so I went back to visit  about three to four years ago and rented a car to get around  the island because I didn’t want to  spend most of my time waiting for the bus (takes at least an hour wait on weekends).  I only had four days and I wanted to enjoy every minute of it.  I was so confident that I wouldn’t have any problem driving and sight seeing.  Well,  I didn’t know where my brain was because I got lost! Ha ha! I mean Oahu is a very small island and the possibility of getting lost, especially when you have lived there a decade and a half, is slim. So, I thought.  I had to stop right before the exit and had to think where I should go.  I must have been sitting there remembering how to get to my destination for at least ten minutes. Should I take the exit or should I continue on the freeway?  If I take the exit, where would I end up?  Seriously!  Well, I braved it and took the exit and thank God it was the right way. Whew!

As I was reminiscing about Hawaii,  Aloha bites were born.  These triple chocolate cake truffles loaded with my favorite tropical ingredients such as coconut and Macadamia nuts I swear will make you swoon.  You can add candied pineapple if you wish, but I love the combination of coconut and Macadamia nuts.

 

Photo taken in night time.

Photo taken in night time.

You can use your favorite homemade chocolate cake if you wish or you can use what I used here.  To make these chocolate bites, prepare the ganache first.  You can get the recipe for the ganache here.  After you make the ganache, prepare to make the cake bites.

Cake Bites Ingredients:

  • 3 cups firmly packed dark chocolate cake
  •  Prepared ganache for truffle mixture
  • coconut flakes, toasted
  • Macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
  • Melted chocolates

Directions:

  1. Mix the toasted coconut and Macadamia nuts in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer, add the chocolate cake and truffle mixture and gradually beat in low to medium speed for  3-5 minutes or until well-combined.  Turn off mixer.
  3. Scoop about 1/2 tablespoonful of the cake mixture and roll in your palm to form  a ball.  Set aside.  Repeat for the remaining mixture.
  4. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from the freezer and place in the refrigerator.  Working one at a time, remove one ball and poke with a wooden pick  in the center and immediately dip in melted chocolates making sure the ball is completely coated.  Remove and let drip.  Gently tap your wrist to remove excess.
  6. Sprinkle with the toasted coconut and Macadamia nuts mixture until the truffle is completely covered.
  7. Place in a tray lined with wax paper.  Allow to harden a little bit.
  8. Remove the wooden pick by using another pick to hold the coated ball in place.  Twist the wooden pick attached to the ball then pull to remove.
  9. Dab some melted chocolates to fill the hole by using a wooden pick. Sprinkle coconut and Macadamia nut mixture to cover. Then drizzle with melted chocolate on top of the Aloha bites.
  10. Let cool to harden then place in the fluted baking cups.
  11. Devour!

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That’s all for now.  I hope you are enjoying spring.  If you like this post or my blog, don’t forget to Subscribe or Follow to get the latest recipes.  Please be kind and link back to source if you plan to use or share any of my recipes.  Thank you and have  a great day! 🙂

~Anna

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20 thoughts on “Aloha Bites

    • Hi, Neeta! “Cute and “utterly delicious” are the words. Yes, and these mini treats are suitable to serve at weddings and parties. I hope you try them soon. They really are decadent little treats. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Neeta. Have a beautiful day! 🙂

  1. Hi, Anna. What beautiful Aloha Bites. I can tell they hold very special memories for you. I am sorry to hear your mother was sick, but am glad you were able to visit the place you consider home in many ways. You have often talked about Hawaii and your love for the island, people and food. These treats look amazing. Another way to use delicious, moist chocolate cake. Do add a link to your excellent ganache recipe so no one misses out, and let me know how you made the white chocolate ganache. You are a chocolatier. Oh my gosh, I am so impressed. You need to sell these online! Seriously! xo Shanna PS As for the challenge, if you decide to do it, I will add you to the email list. Just let me know either way. Nothing to explain… it is informal and a once monthly team up. Next month is U.

    • Hi, Shanna! I hope you are doing well. Yes, these bites remind me of the many great memories I have of my beloved state. I miss it terribly.
      Thank you for the kind and generous compliments, Shanna. I am humbled by them. They’re very much appreciated as usual. I’ve been making these cake bites for a while now. My children love them. My husband prefers my very own coffee crunch truffles. They are outrageous! Thanks for pointing out. I have provided the link but I added it someplace else that’s probably why you didn’t notice. It’s difficult to see sometimes. Even I have difficult time reading my post. The font is so small. I have to highlight the word in bold letters for it to be noticeable. Thanks for stopping by, Shanna. Hang in there. Have lovely day! Hugs ❤ 🙂

    • Hi, Karen. Wow! Thank you for the lovely compliments. I’m humbled. You have some great food posts as well, Karen. I especially like the Lamb Shanks With Gremolata Crumbs. It’s great to eat it with rice. 😀 Thank you for stopping by, Karen. Have a great day. 🙂

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