Lime Chocolates

These lime chocolates are a lovely addition to a dessert table and also make great homemade gifts. The flavor combination of dark chocolate and fresh lime is so unexpectedly delicious.

What to serve with these lime chocolates

If you’re making these chocolates for a party and would like another simple chocolate treat to offer your guests, try these olive oil chocolates. They’re easy to make and have a delightful flavor and luscious texture.

Lime chocolates on a white plate.

Key ingredients

Fresh lime juice and lime zest give these delicious chocolates their zingy lime flavor. I don’t recommend substituting bottled lime juice in these lime chocolates because you can really taste the difference.

I like to use dark chocolate when making these truffles, but you can substitute any type of chocolate you prefer. Dark chocolate chips work too if you’d rather save the step of chopping the chocolate.

How to make them

Start by adding the fresh lime juice and 2 teaspoons of fresh lime zest to a bowl (reserve the remaining lime zest for later).

Lime zest and juice in a glass bowl.

Add 1 cup of chopped dark chocolate to a pot on the stove set to low heat (reserve the remaining chocolate for later). Cook, stirring often, until the chocolate has melted completely, then immediately remove the pot from the heat.

Melted dark chocolate in a steel pan.

Transfer the melted chocolate to the bowl of lime juice and zest, then mix until smooth.

A liquid mixture of melted chocolate and lime zest and juice in a glass bowl with a metal spoon.

Chill the bowl of chocolate lime mixture in the fridge for 25 minutes, then mix well. Chill for an additional 10 minutes, then mix once more.

A solid mixture of chocolate, lime juice, and lime zest in a glass bowl.

Use your hands to shape the chocolate lime mixture into 12 evenly sized balls (about 2 teaspoons per ball), and place them on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. I recommend wearing kitchen gloves to make this process easy and mess free.

Lime and chocolate balls on a piece of parchment paper.

Add the remaining 3/4 cup chopped dark chocolate to a pot on the stove set to low heat. Cook, stirring often, until the chocolate has melted completely, then immediately remove from the heat. Transfer the melted chocolate to a small bowl.

Add one of the chocolate lime balls to the bowl of melted dark chocolate, then gently stir to coat it completely. Use a fork to lift the chocolate lime ball out of the bowl of melted chocolate, allowing any excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl, then place it on the sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Immediately add a small sprinkle of the remaining fresh lime zest on top. Repeat this process with the remaining chocolate lime balls.

Chocolate lime balls sprinkled with lime zest on a piece of parchment paper.

Place the pan of lime truffles in the fridge to harden for at least one hour before serving.

Storage and freezing

Store these treats in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days or freeze them for up to six months. Then defrost in the fridge for two hours before serving.

Ten lime truffles on a white plate.

Giving these as gifts

These lime chocolates are perfect for gifting. Add them to a cellophane gift bag, paper gift box, or tin, then add a ribbon and label.

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Lime chocolates on a white plate.
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Lime Chocolates

These lime chocolates are an easy and delicious addition to a dessert table and also make lovely homemade gifts for any occasion. These chocolate lime truffles have an unexpectedly delightful flavor and luscious texture.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Chilling time 1 hour 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 53 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 153.1kcal

Equipment

  • Parchment paper or silicone baking mat

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups chopped dark chocolate, divided (or substitute any type of chocolate you prefer)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 3 teaspoons fresh lime zest, divided

Instructions

  • Add the fresh lime juice and 2 teaspoons of fresh lime zest to a bowl (reserve the remaining lime zest for later).
  • Add 1 cup of chopped dark chocolate to a pot on the stove set to low heat (reserve the remaining chocolate for later).
  • Cook, stirring often, until the chocolate has melted completely, then immediately remove the pot from the heat.
  • Transfer the melted chocolate to the bowl of lime juice and zest, then mix until smooth.
  • Chill the bowl of chocolate lime mixture in the fridge for 25 minutes.
  • Mix well before continuing to chill for an additional 10 minutes, then mix once more.
  • Use your hands to shape the chocolate lime mixture into 12 evenly sized balls (about 2 teaspoons per ball), and place them on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. I recommend wearing kitchen gloves to make this process easy and mess free.
  • Add the remaining 3/4 cup chopped dark chocolate to a pot on the stove set to low heat.
  • Cook, stirring often, until the chocolate has melted completely, then immediately remove from the heat.
  • Transfer the melted chocolate to a small bowl.
  • Add one of the chocolate lime balls to the bowl of melted dark chocolate, then gently stir to coat it completely.
  • Use a fork to lift the chocolate lime ball out of the bowl of melted chocolate, allowing any excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl, then place it on the sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Immediately add a small sprinkle of the remaining fresh lime zest on top.
  • Repeat steps 11-13 with the remaining chocolate lime balls.
  • Place the pan of lime chocolates in the fridge to harden for at least one hour before serving.

Notes

  • Store these lime truffles in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days or freeze them for up to six months. Then defrost in the fridge for two hours before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Lime Chocolate | Calories: 153.1kcal | Carbohydrates: 11.9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10.9g | Saturated Fat: 6.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3.3g | Cholesterol: 0.8mg | Sodium: 5.1mg | Potassium: 184.4mg | Fiber: 2.8g | Sugar: 6.2g | Vitamin A: 10.8IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 3mg
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