Written by Roar Elias
Delicious dark chocolate truffles epitomize luxury, with their creamy texture and just the right amount of sweetness, it's no wonder they are often given as tokens of affection.
Almost a cross between a chocolate and a candy, truffles have become popular for their decadence, and you would think that these tasty little gems were difficult to make.
Actually, this could not be farther from the truth. Chocolate truffles are believed to be the result of a happy accident. In 1920 an apprentice to a well known French chef was attempting to pour hot cream into a sugar and egg mixture, but somehow poured it into a bowl of chocolate instead.
Not wanting to waste his ingredients, the apprentice waited for the mixture, now known as a ganache, to cool slightly. He then formed little balls from it and rolled them in cocoa powder. Voila! The dark chocolate truffle was born!
Today truffles come in many flavors and shapes, although the most popular is still the traditional round shape. Dark or milk chocolate is used, and coatings can be powdered chocolate, sugar, or really anything you care to cover them in.
A basic dark chocolate truffle is surprisingly simple to make, and are great to give as gifts. Anyone who loves chocolate would be thrilled to receive a box of handcrafted chocolate truffles, and you don't even have to share the secret of their simplicity!
Here is a great basic dark chocolate truffle recipe that is easy to make. Give it a try, you may find that it inspires you to get creative in the kitchen and make some for gifts this holiday season!
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