I've always thought that uncoated truffles looked a little like the dung balls certain beetles roll up. Here's my version of a Dung Beetle, made of Marzipan, to roll away your truffle center.

I've used my friend Ryan's truffle recipe for the 'Dung Ball' but you can use any hard to the touch truffle ( such as this awesome instructable ). If you can easily pick it up, then you can use it for a dung ball.

Step 1: Gather Your Beetle Makings.

So, to make mini marzipan dung beetles for your truffles, you will need the following:

A dung ball. Or a truffle center. :)
Almond Paste - Note that I didn't have marzipan, so I used almond paste. They have the same ingredients (almonds, sugar and glucose) but in slightly different proportions. If you use marzipan rather than Almond paste, skip step 2.
Powdered sugar - Maybe half a cup. If you are using marzipan, rather than almond paste, you'll need even less. It's the marzipan equivalent of dusting your hands with flour.
Food Coloring
A bit of water
Something sharp for pattern making
These are awesome. 'Nuff said.
Wear gloves, save your hands and the mess.
I made a batch of 8 dung beetle truffles. Mine are green but they look soo cute. I would recommend attaching the legs first before doing any of the decorations. Hyazuma
omg CUTE! Those are darling. Were they tasty? Or were you like me, and couldn't bring yourself to eat it?
All of them are still alive and well in my refridgerator. I will serve them to the special guests at my graduation party! University of Colorado at Denver May 16th 2009! Yay!
wtf i went there and graduated 2009 too
That's awesome! Congratulations! I am applying to medical schools right now and I hope I hear back soon. Hope all is going well for you too. <br><br>:)
:D i hope you accept my apologies
im so sorry i was just joking i hope this dosnt make you feel bad or aniything i thought you would no i was joking im so sorry
Beautiful... Though it's making me thing that with edible paints or just using different chocolates and icings making a big beetle that really looks the part might be possible...
How romantic!
Hey, very creative idea! I really like the time you took to make something different. My gf makes cholates a lot and this is a great idea for christmas gifts for co-workers. Nice istructable and thanks for sharing!
SO cute!! lol. I love them at first I read the name and was like......ummmmm.....i dont know about this but than they were sooo cute that I couldn't eat them!
A perfect thing for an Entomologist's birthday!
awesome idea.
AMAZING! I've <em>got</em> to try this one!!!<br/>
dude, awsome I cant say any more... fantastic
hahahahah, thats so funny!
Wow.. Great idea! Love it..
I love this! I'd love to make a plate of them for halloween, but i'm not sure I have the patience to make all those beetles...
Well done. I am salivating and gagging at the same time. They look really cool.
Cute! And the truffles episode of Good Eats was just on last night. How fortuitous! 5*****
HAHAHA lol awesome I love truffles (when some one buys them for me free) 5*****
This is awesome! I love it. What a perfect idea.
im so making one for my grand fathers b-day today!!!
Nice! And I expect the most off-center thing I will see today... ;-)
Nice work , very nice !!!
This is horrible! Now you won't want to eat it for fear of destroying the awesome little beetle! In all seriousness, though, this is awesome. Now to come up with an excuse to make and/or otherwise obtain some truffles...Hershey's Truffle Kisses aren't quite the same...
Yeah, I couldn't bear to eat him. He's chillin' in my fridge. His mutant failed brother, however, was delicious.

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