Chocolate Bonbons

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling


about 6 dozen

Updated: Jan. 05, 2024
My grandmother gave me this tasty chocolate bonbons recipe when I was a girl. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of her huge kitchen and all the delicious treats she made. —Joan Lewis, Reno, Nevada


  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup ground pecans or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening


  1. In a large bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, pecans, milk and butter. Roll into 1-in. balls. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip balls in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. (If balls are too soft to dip, freeze until firm, 3-5 minutes.)

Chocolate Bonbons Tips

What’s the best way to melt chocolate for bonbons?

Melt chocolate chips with shortening as directed in the microwave. Or, you can melt the chocolate over the stovetop using the double boiler method. Place chocolate and shortening in a heatproof bowl that fits over your pot of simmering water, and continue to stir the chocolate until it’s melty. Learn more about how to melt chocolate properly!

How do you make chocolate bonbons shiny?

The addition of shortening in this recipe will help prevent the chocolate from blooming, and keep it nice and shiny. These chocolate bonbons do need to be refrigerated, so keep in mind you will lose some glossiness due to the chill. Learn more tips on how to make candy!

How do you store chocolate bonbons?

Keep them in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 5 days. If you loved this recipe, try this coconut bonbons recipe next!

Sarah Fischer, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 bonbon: 84 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 11mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.