Even though Abby Slutsky owns a bakery, she enjoys finding a balance between nutritional foods and sweets when making family meals.
Homemade Chocolate Truffles for a Sweet Holiday
Make Valentine’s Day extra sweet this year by making the one you love homemade chocolate truffles. Making your own truffles is not difficult, and whether you are gifting it to your girlfriend, spouse, significant other, child or parent, they will notice your effort and be impressed with the results.
Additionally, if you make your valentine homemade chocolate, you can tell the recipient exactly what it is in the box. If you have ever tried an unidentified piece of candy from a box, you have probably experienced the anticipation of an indulgent treat only to find that the interior of that particular candy is not to your liking. Making candy will enable you to make truffles that you know the recipient will like. You can even attach a card identifying the specific flavors, if you desire. Once your Valentine's Day sweetheart bites into these delicious homemade truffles, they may not want to purchase them in a store again. The freshness and flavor of homemade truffles far surpasses the taste of truffles that have been sitting around.
Truffles: A Little History
According to an article in The Nibble, chocolate truffles were an accidental invention. An assistant under the famous French chef, Auguste Escoffier, accidentally dumped hot cream over some chopped chocolate. When he mixed the ingredients and let it cool, he created a sticky, malleable, chocolate paste that he could roll into balls. The finished balls looked similar to a truffle mushroom, hence the confection was named a ‘truffle’.
You can make truffles in many flavors, and decorate them with cocoa powder, confectioner’s sugar, chopped nuts, sprinkles, cinnamon, toasted coconut or almost any other embellishment of your choice. You can also dip truffles in additional chocolate, if you desire. The center of truffle is soft and creamy, so it provides an intense, chocolate flavor.
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2 hours 15 min
10-12 truffles, depending on size
- 8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
- 2 ounces semi-sweet hocolate, chopped
- 7 1/2 ounces heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted
- 1 tablespoon Godiva Chocolate Liquor (omit if making other flavors)
- Consider making the truffle dough and variations the day before you shape them. It will ensure the dough is not too sticky to roll into uniform balls. At the very least, be sure to chill the dough at least 1 1/2 hours.
- Divide the basic dough into small bowls to add flavoring of your choice before refrigerating the dough. Then you can treat your family or sweetheart to more than one truffle flavor.
- Purchase small candy cups or muffin cups and a candy box to give your homemade truffles a professional appearance. Packaging will help your truffles look as special as they taste.
- Chop the chocolate and combine it together.
- Heat the cream in a saucepan until it is hot. Do not let it boil, but it is okay if there are tiny simmering bubbles around the sides. Stir it occasionally.
- Add the chocolate and stir it until the mixture is smooth.
- Add the butter, and stir it until the butter melts.
- Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 1/2 hours until it is firm.
- Remove the refrigerated dough from the refrigerator, and create 3/4 to 1 ounce balls. Roll the balls in the sifted cocoa powder.
- Chill the balls another 30 minutes, if desired. Place the firm balls in individual candy cups, and box them.
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Four Truffle Variations
All variations use one-third of the basic truffle dough in the above-mentioned recipe.
Coconut Chocolate Truffles
- 1 teaspoon coconut extract
- 2 teaspoons toasted coconut
- 2 tablespoons untoasted or toasted coconut
Add 1 teaspoon of coconut extract to the standard dough. If desired, toast the coconut at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. It should be lightly brown. Mix the coconut into the chocolate dough. After the dough is refrigerated, roll it into balls and coat it with toasted or untoasted coconut.
Cinnamon Chocolate Truffles
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon plus 2 tablespoons
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Stir it until it is thoroughly combined. Refrigerate as per the standard recipe. Create the truffle balls, and roll them in cinnamon instead of cocoa.
Chocolate Mint Truffles
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- Nestle truffle pieces or small peppermint patties cut in quarters
Add the peppermint extract to the chocolate dough. After the dough is firm, roll it around a Nestle peppermint truffle chip or a 1/4 of a small peppermint patty. Coat the truffles in cocoa.
Red Velvet Chocolate Almond Truffles
- 2 or 3 drops of red food coloring
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon almond butter
- 2 tablespoons almond flour
Add the almond extract, food coloring and almond butter to the dough. Mix it until it is just combined, and refrigerate the mixture. Shape the cool dough into balls, and roll each ball in the almond flour until it is fully coated.
When your truffles are firm and in their muffin or candy cups, place them in a shallow cookie or candy box. If desired, indicate the truffle flavors. Tie the box with a pretty red ribbon for Valentine's Day.
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