Chocolate truffles with tea and fresh basil? Yes!

Unusual as that combination may sound, it works surprisingly well to create a delicious, creamy truffle with hints of herby flavor. Think about it this way — we don’t hesitate to pair chocolate and mint.

Basil isn’t all that far off in flavor, lending a pepperiness that acts as the perfect foil to the richness of the chocolate. And the tea — which pairs so well with sweets — lends a depth of flavor that ties everything together.

We like these truffles coated in lightly salted and chopped marcona almonds, but chocolate wafer cookies, pistachios or straight-up cocoa powder all would be delicious, too.