I think I could have just put only the word “Chocolate” in the title and gotten a zillion hits on this post. I mean, don’t we all love chocolate?? In fact, Charles Dickens once said, “There is nothing better than a friend … unless it is a friend with chocolate!”
And to that I say AMEN Mr. Dickens, AMEN!
So, with the thought of chocolate in mind I set out to be a good friend to my son’s teacher this year. That’s right folks, as a way to say “thanks for all you do” we made Mrs. W. her very own Homemade Chocolate Truffles for Valentine’s Day. Can I get a big Woot Woot!
You know, I actually can’t take credit for making homemade chocolate truffles though. I actually never knew that making truffles at home was even possible. That is not until this past holiday season. I went to a friend’s house before Christmas and dang it all if she didn’t have some homemade truffles to share. I ate me one and was hooked I tell ya, hooked! I could not believe how smooth and awesome they were! I went home that very night and googled recipes until I found one that even I would be able to succeed at.
And that is what I am sharing with you today. Easy Homemade Chocolate Truffles. The original recipe is found here, but like always I have to be different so I tweaked it a bit. Here is what I did:
Igredients: 1 bag of Dark Chocolate Chips; 1 cup heavy whipping cream; 2 teaspoons of vanilla; cocoa powder; finely chopped almonds.
In a small, heavy saucepan bring the heavy whipping cream to a simmer (this may take a while, be sure to stir and scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula every few minutes).
Place the chocolate in a separate bowl. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate, add the vanilla, and allow to stand for a few minutes. Then stir until smooth.
*NOTE* I find it best to let it stand as long as possible so the heat from the cream melts the chips. Otherwise you get “chunks” in your truffles, which isn’t the end of the world but isn’t the way it’s supposed to be 🙂 Oh, and this chocolate base is called ganache. I love saying that word so I had to share it with you 🙂
This is what it looks like before stirring.
This is how it looks once you stir it all up real good like.
Now, just allow it to cool, then place in the refrigerator for two hours. Remove from the fridge and then using a teaspoon size amount roll out balls of the ganache.
Be sure to roll them in your hands quickly (as it will melt from the heat of your hands) and place on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper or parchment paper.
Then place in the refrigerator overnight.
** Just pretend you don’t see the three spaces missing where truffle balls used to be. One minute they were there and the next they were gone. Must be some type of chocolate theif on the loose!!**
Now, just roll the truffle balls in cocoa powder or chopped nuts. Place the finished balls in tiny little cupcake liners and then place back in the refrigerator.
This morining before my son went to school I neatly placed the truffles in a pre-decorated box I had bought at the Dollar Tree. Voila. Easy Peasy and oh so yummy!
What teacher gift ideas do you have?? Please comment below because I’m always looking for neat ideas!