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

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

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