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What are “Chocotejas?” They are a sweet confection, similar to truffles or turtles. Melted chocolate is poured into a mold, followed by a spoon of dulce de leche. Next, a piece of dried fruit or nut is pressed into the center. More melted chocolate tops off this creation.

If you don’t have candy molds, I suspect an ice cube tray lined with plastic wrap would work perfectly fine. An egg carton could sub in a pinch as well. Or, more simply, put a tablespoon of dulce de leche between two pecan halves, cover with melted chocolate, and cool in the fridge.

For more on the history of this famous confection, please see http://perudelights.com/chocotejas-confections-from-the-desert/.

This is more of a template for you to create your own confection. Be creative!


Melted dark chocolate

Dulce de leche, purchased, or make your own – See https://diningforwomen.org/recipes/caramel-cookie-sandwiches-alfajores-tested/

Pecan halves, walnut halves, hazelnuts, etc.

Candied orange or lemon peel

Dried figs, dates, or other dried fruits


Pour a thin layer of melted chocolate into your mold.
When the chocolate is firm and dry, fill with a spoonful of dulce de leche.
Press a nut or piece of dried fruit into the caramel.
Cover with more chocolate and put in the fridge to firm up. Unmold and arrange on a serving tray.


Notes and Instructions

Recipe credit: Linda McElroy, adapted from Peru Delights

Photo credit: Morena Escardó, with permission