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Lemon Chocolate Bonbons

lemon chocolate bonbons

You know those fussy, time-consuming recipes that in the end, aren’t appreciated nearly enough to warrant the effort? This isn’t one of them.

If you bake often, you probably have muffin or cake scraps tucked away in the freezer. I mean, I hope you’re not throwing stuff away that doesn’t turn out perfectly. Because everything can be reborn into something good or at least not bad.

Bonbons, because it sounds better than cake balls. And these 3-ingredient lemon gems start with muffins not cake, so there’s that. Plus, it’s fun to say bonbons.

Lemon Chocolate Bonbons aka Cake Balls

10 Lemon Chocolate Bonbons

No time to make breakfast? Grab some bonbons from the fridge for an extra good day. For the base, I used leftover muffins from microwave experiments.


  • 4 lemon muffins, crumbled (about 1.5 cups)
  • 6 tablespoons vegan lemon curd
  • 1 cup chopped dark chocolate or chips
  • Optional garnish ideas - lemon zest, freeze dried raspberries, mini chocolate chips, coconut flakes, sea salt


In a medium bowl, crumble muffins like you mean it. Add lemon curd to muffin crumbs and stir to combine thoroughly.

Place a small piece of parchment paper on a dinner plate. Use a #40 disher to scoop 10 balls onto parchment. Let balls chill in fridge while you melt the chocolate.

Dip balls into chocolate using a fork to turn and retrieve ball when coated. Place what is now a bonbon back onto parchment paper.

Sprinkle optional garnish on quickly before chocolate sets. I like to store bonbons in the fridge but also have a stash in a freezer downstairs next to the washer. Who doesn't mind doing laundry now?


gluten free lemon chocolate bonbons

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Cougar Grilled Cheese at Sandwich Surprise (use a different bread for gluten free)


  1. Those look so pretty and delicious!



  2. Know exactly what you mean! Love this 3 ingredient idea, was a challenge! Yes, bonbon!

  3. I wouldn’t mine one, not at all! Thanks for hosting this month!

  4. Gorgeouso, Linda! Trying to imagine how fabulous these taste! 😉


  5. This is a genius idea!

    (And one of my all-time favorite songs is “Super Bon Bon,” so now it’s in my head like “Can’t Smile” was in yours … )


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