Dark Chocolate Truffles - Little Bites of Heaven

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!

Ingredients

  • 9 ounces dark chocolate (you can use chocolate chips or bars of chocolate, but it should be finely chopped for even melting)
  • 2/3 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Powdered cocoa or powdered sugar for coating
  • Optional extra: you can add 1 tsp of rum or liqueur for a more grown up version

Directions

  1. Heat the cream in a saucepan just until bubbles start to form on the sides of the pan, or basically til it is boiling gently.
  2. Remove cream from the heat and add the chocolate and vanilla extract in. Stir until all the chocolate has melted and it is mixed thoroughly. This is your ganache! Pop it into the fridge until it cools and thickens, or for approximately 20 minutes. You want a consistency that you can shape with your hands, so leave it in longer if necessary.
  3. Scoop tablespoon size drops onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Place this tray back in the fridge for another for 15 or 20 minutes.
  4. Remove the tray, and shape the truffles into balls by hand. You may find it easier to coat your hands in whatever dusting you will be using (sugar or cocoa powder) to avoid the truffles sticking too much.
  5. Roll the truffles in the cocoa powder or powdered sugar until they are thoroughly covered. Or try other coatings such as chopped nuts, coconut flakes, or even crushed cookies.

Anything goes, as long as it goes with chocolate! Share, and enjoy!

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