Sweets

Chocolate Truffles

It’s Valentine’s Day weekend! I am so excited!

I love Valentine’s Day! It’s such a great excuse to tell those around you how much they mean to you!

I’m having a little “Gal”entine’s party this weekend with my cousin’s and sister and I could not be more excited to celebrate with them. I’ll be making other sweet treats for me (I’ll get to those later!), but today I’m making a little sweet treat to package up for other loved ones that won’t be able to make it!

Of course, you could just get a heart full of chocolate truffles and that works too…

OR you could make your own!

The one thing that I love about making your own candy/ truffles is that you get to customize what you like! For these truffles, I used cocoa powder, sprinkles, and crushed up toffee pieces. My favorite combination was the truffle with crushed toffee pieces! The creamy chocolate truffle with the crunchy toffee pieces was a beautiful combination!

I would also suggest using some kind of nut because I love the comparison of textures between something creamy and something crunchy! Unfortunately, the household that I was taking these to has a nut allergy, so I couldn’t use any, but I do think they would add a nice texture to any truffle!

Ingredients:

10.5 ounces of chocolate

2/3 cup of heavy cream

1 tablespoon of butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla

A pinch of salt

Optional toppings: cocoa powder, powdered sugar, shredded coconut, sprinkles, crushed candy pieces, nuts, melted chocolate, etc.

Begin to heat up heavy cream to a low simmer. You don’t want this to boil!

While the heavy cream is heating up, chop up the chocolate. Place chocolate in a bowl with one tablespoon of butter.

When the heavy cream is just below the boiling point, you’ll see small little bubbles forming around the edge. Add in vanilla and stir together.

Pour heavy cream over the chocolate mixture. Cover with a towel and let it sit for about five minutes.

After five minutes, remove the towel and stir the mixture together. The heavy cream will have melted the chocolate and the mixture should be smooth and creamy.

Cover with cling wrap and place in the fridge for about an hour, or until the mixture is nice and firm.

The chocolate might get a little too firm in the fridge, so I suggest taking it out of the fridge 10-15 minutes before you’re ready to finish the truffles

Using a small cookie scoop, scoop a small dollop into your hand and roll it into a ball.

Roll in a topping of choice and place in a mini-cupcake liner.

I just think these are the most adorable little truffles ever! Who doesn’t love a bite-sized dessert that can be totally customized to your taste buds?!?! The chocolate is rich and creamy and the toppings on the outside add a nice little crunch! Your Valentine will love you after just one bite!

-Holly Michelle

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