When it comes to elegant treats and desserts, few things garner as much attention as chocolate truffles. Unfortunately, with so many different types of truffles readily available from local confectionaries, it can be difficult to find something that is truly unique when you're looking to make a real statement. Whether you're looking for a gift or you want something for a party, there are some out-of-the-box options that you can consider. You may even decide to make them yourself. Here are a few options to think about.
Popcorn truffles are a great combination of sweet and salty. It starts with a batch of about two or three cups of popcorn, lightly salted after popping. Chop it roughly so you don't have big kernels, then set it aside.
Put about a half-cup of heavy cream in a saucepan over medium heat. While it heats to steaming, put a pound of chopped bittersweet chocolate into a glass bowl. The glass will hold heat better, melting the chocolate more evenly. Once the cream is heated, pour it over the chocolate. Let it sit undisturbed for about five minutes, then stir it to melt the chocolate and combine the ingredients into a ganache. Add a teaspoon of vanilla and stir in the popcorn pieces.
Spread the mixture into a shallow pan and chill it for an hour or two. Scoop the chilled mixture into small balls with a small cookie scoop to create the truffle centers. Chill the centers for a half-hour. When you're ready to take them out, melt eight ounces of your coating chocolate of choice, either dark or bittersweet chocolate. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil to help it create that snap when it cools.
Dip the truffle centers in the coating chocolate, then place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle them with a couple of crystals of rough sea salt before the coating sets. Chill them for twenty minutes to help it set before you serve them.
Bacon has become the latest huge craze in desserts, and chocolate truffles are no exception. If you want to get in on this trend, cook about a quarter-pound of bacon until it's crispy, then chop it into small pieces.
Once the bacon is drained well and chopped, make a ganache using the same mixture as referenced above. Then, stir the bacon in once the ganache is smooth. Spread it into a pan, chill it, and then create the truffles the same way as before.
Lavender is a delicate flavor and one that blends really well with white chocolate. You can create a ganache of white chocolate the same way you do with bittersweet, then add a teaspoon of dried lavender leaves or a drop of lavender extract to the ganache before you chill it. Coat these in white chocolate and decorate them with a small flower petal made from purple-tinted white chocolate for a beautiful treat.
Gender Reveal Truffles
With gender reveal parties becoming increasingly popular for expecting couples, many are looking for more unusual ways to actually do the reveal. If you're looking to host a reveal party, consider making a batch of white chocolate truffles for the guests. By using white chocolate, you can tint the ganache used for the truffle centers. Use blue food coloring for a boy or a small amount of red for a girl. The white chocolate will soften the colors, giving you pale blue or pink. Then, coat them twice in a white chocolate coating mix so that the centers can't be seen until the guests bite into the truffle. Just let the first coating set and harden before you dip it for the second one.
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28 August 2017
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