Chocolate truffles are an awesome gift to receive. I mean, who hates getting a package of chocolate truffles ?
No one. That’s who.
The only thing better than getting truffles is giving them to someone else. Didn’t your mother tell you it’s better to give than receive? Yeah, it’s true.
I gave these to my co-workers on Monday. One guy actually ate them for breakfast. True story.
There is of course a hidden downside to making these – you have to use every ounce of willpower not to devour the whole batch yourself. This is much easier said than done. I mean, we’re talking about melted chocolate that’s been mixed with heavy cream and flavoring, cooled, and then rolled in cocoa powder. I had to take rest breaks. I also had to make an extra batch, to make up for the ones I couldn’t keep my hands off of. These things happen, but all worked out well in the end.
I suggest you make these as gifts. You can give them to your friends, family or co-workers. You can also just give them to yourself. I’m sure you’ve earned it.
When it comes to the flavoring feel free to try different things. You can always use vanilla extract, but feel free to play around with amaretto, frangelico, irish cream or a dark rum. If you’re satisfied with the chocolate that you’ve purchased you can also omit the flavoring entirely, but you may need to add a touch more cream to the truffle mix.
11 oz high-quality bittersweet chocolate
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons – 1 tablespoon flavoring
Unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting
Bring the heavy cream to a boil in a small saucepan. Place the chocolate in a bowl and pour the heavy cream over it. Stir first with a spatula to remove large lumps and then stir with a whisk (do not beat – you don’t want to incorporate air into the mix) until the ganache is smooth. Mine cooled down quickly and I had to microwave it once for 20secs to get rid of all the lumps.
Place in refrigerator for 1 hour, or until cool but still malleable. Using a melon baller or teaspoon measurer, form the ganache into small balls. I rolled mine in my hands to get a good shape, but this isn’t necessary.
Toss the truffles in the cocoa powder and place in cute containers. Enjoy them yourselves or give to others.