These chocolate truffles are decadent and easy to make. Top them with fun flavors like freeze-dried bananas and spicy chili to give the truffles a fun and even more deliciously flavor.
If you’re looking for simple varying recipes, consider making these chocolate truffles. They’re a simple, decadent dessert that people love. Learn all about these delightful chocolate treats in this short but sweet guide!
What Is a Chocolate Truffle?
The name Chocolate truffle comes from the actual mushroom truffle that grows under trees. However, chocolate truffles are sweet treats made with cream and chopped chocolate to create a ganache which later, is shaped into the form of a “truffle.”
Truffles play a big part in the culinary industry, sought for their savory flavor and look. So it’s not surprising that they influenced the shape of these chocolate treats.
Where Do Chocolate Truffles Originate From?
They are french cuisine. There are two origin stories, but they always involve a famous baker. Both stories ended with the baker’s final products looking like mushrooms.
In one story, Louise Dufour invented chocolate truffles during Christmas in 1895. When he ran out of new treat ideas to sell, he decided to use chocolate and form it into a ball. The recipe then reached London, where it became famous.
On the other hand, Auguste Escoffier first created the recipe in the 1920s. They resulted from an accident when his apprentice poured cream into a bowl of chocolate chunks. Once it hardened, he rolled the chunk into a ball to make it look like a mushroom.
How to Make Homemade Chocolate Truffles
- Bittersweet Chocolate
- Semisweet Chocolate
- Heavy Cream
- Vanilla Extract
- Cocoa Powder
Finely chop the chocolate and place in a heat proof bowl with the vanilla, coffee and salt.
In a saucepan, bring the heavy cream to a boil then pour it through a mesh strainer into the chocolate.
Let the milk sit on the chocolate for a minutes to soften it. Then stir until all of the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth.
Let it sit for 4 hours room temperature or place it in the refrigerator until it’s harden.
Add 1 cup cocoa powder into a small bowl.
Using a small cookie scooper, scoop and roll to make a small ball.
Then, roll the chocolate into the cocoa powder to completely cover it.
Place it on a platter or cake stand and complete the rest.
Chocolate Truffle Topping
Choosing different toppings is the most exciting part of the process. We use the Microplane to finely grate ingredients over the truffles. The ingredients add specific flavors like banana and chocolate or chili to give it a spicy kick.
The Microplane is honestly one of our favorite kitchen tools and a MUST for making truffles. The flavor options are endless, but here are a few of our favorites:
- Freeze Dried Bananas, Strawberries and Raspberries
- Dried Chili Peppers
- Spices like Cinnamon, Nutmeg or Star Anise
- White Chocolate
- Crispy Bacon
- Oreo Cookies
- Meringue Cookies
- Citrus like Lemon, Lime and Orange
With the microplane you can get creative with ingredients to top the truffles. It finely grates the ingredients that are perfect for the tops of truffles.
Do Chocolate Truffles Have Alcohol in Them?
Some recipes have alcohol as an ingredient. Recipes such as pareve, cranberry, and champagne truffles have alcohol.
If you prefer some orange liqueur add it to the alcohol with the melted ganache to dilute it and make the paste shinier.
How Do You Store Chocolate Truffles?
To keep your chocolate truffles fresh, seal them in an airtight container and place them in a fridge. This allows you to prevent spoiling and mold growth.
How Long Do Chocolate Truffles Last?
Truffles can stay edible for up to three days when kept at room temperature. However, if stored in a cold and low humid place, they can last longer. Chocolate truffles can last up to 2 weeks when placed in the freezer.
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We hope this guide and recipe helped you in making the best chocolate truffles. If you make them, let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment and review below.
- 8 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 8 oz semisweet chocolate , finely chopped
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 tbsp coffee, brewed
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Dried Chilis
- Freeze-Dred Bananas or Strawberries
- White Chocolate
- Finely chop the chocolate and place in a heat proof bowl with the vanilla, coffee and salt.
- In a saucepan, bring the heavy cream to a boil then pour it through a mesh strainer into the chocolate.
- Let the milk sit on the chocolate for a minutes to soften it. Then stir until all of the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth.
- Let it sit for 4 hours room temperature or place it in the refrigerator until it’s harden.
- Add 1 cup cocoa powder into a small bowl.
- Using a small cookie scooper, scoop and roll to make a small ball.
- Then, roll the chocolate into the cocoa powder to completely cover it.
- Place it on a platter or cake stand and complete the rest.
- To add toppings, use a Microplane and grate different igredients over the top.