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Mocha-Pecan Ice Cream Bonbons

These bite-sized bonbons may sound tricky to make, but you'll find that fashioning them is a breeze. What's more, our cooking experts advise that you keep this recipe handy when you serve them—as soon as folks sample the treats, they'll be asking how to make them. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + freezing
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen


  • 2 cups finely chopped toasted pecans
  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream or flavor of your choice
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules


  • Line a 15x10x1-in. baking pan with waxed paper; place in freezer to keep cold. Place pecans in a shallow bowl.
  • Working quickly, scoop ice cream with a melon baller to make 3/4-in. balls; immediately roll in pecans. Place on prepared pan; freeze at least 1 hour or until firm.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and butter; stir until smooth. Stir in coffee granules until dissolved; cool completely.
  • Working quickly and in batches, use a toothpick to dip ice cream balls into chocolate mixture; allow excess to drip off. Place on a waxed paper-lined pan; remove toothpick. Return to freezer; freeze until set. For longer storage, transfer bonbons to a covered freezer container and return to freezer.
Nutrition Facts
1 bonbon: 171 calories, 14g fat (6g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 46mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Jacob
    Nov 21, 2019

    The instructions for the recipe are contradictory and hard to follow. Melting the chocolate with the butter makes the chocolate super thick. Then letting the chocolate cool does not allow it to coat the ice cream balls. The chocolate doesn’t stick at all. I had to put the chocolate in a bag and squirt it on the balls. Total and utter failure the chocolate is way too thick to stick on the ice cream after it cools and it melts the ice cream if it is hot. It also takes way longer than 25 minutes. Do yourself a favor and skip the headache on this one, just buy some bonbons!

  • Remenec
    May 2, 2019

    What a unique dessert that tastes amazing! You do need to work very quickly, as the directions state. It's a messy recipe, but a good one! I used coconut oil in place of the butter and used dark chocolate chips in place of semi-sweet chips.

  • wandaabbott
    Jul 23, 2016

    like icecream and want to make them for my friands.

  • cooker69
    Mar 5, 2014

    please consider putting the nutrition ratings in all recipes, so many of us have health issues and are trying to eat healthier. Most of the other cooking,recipe sites already do this. Thank you

  • sallygirl7
    Mar 1, 2014

    this is like my favorite treat to eat during a movie so now I'm able to make at home while watching my Netflix rentals but these are even better. Just to be able to tell my hubby or friends....yes, I made these little bon bon treats created at home. It's quite impressive. you owe it to yourself to try this recipe...they are so much better than those little ones in a box. Oh and you can experiment with rice krispies,almonds...all kinds of ideas! Fun accomplishment

  • ginarie23
    Mar 24, 2010

    Delicious! I'm frequently asked to make these & share the recipe.