#Throwback Thursday – Chocolate Truffles

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*Note: Please pretend it is December. I totally forgot to publish this post then. I know very bad of me to not do -______-; which is why this is a #tbt post.*

I love dark chocolate now, probably because my cravings for milk chocolate has died down. I can’t explain why, but milk chocolate is a little too sweet for me now. When I was growing up, this was the total opposite.

Speaking of growing up, I just finished finals week for fall semester. Super duper happy. You know what that means? Besides going on break for a month, I get to go home, as in sunny San Diego. No more fog for a couple of weeks. I just can’t wait.

I always look forward to going home. One of my favorite moments about Christmas is the annual get together with my high school friends. This year will be our 7th Annual Christmas Party. Yes, 7th! Man, are we getting older. I can’t wait to catch up with my friends. I must confess that I am super sad I don’t get to see them as often as I would like. But, I will take advantage of spending more time with my high school friends, this time of year when everyone is home.

As most parties I go to, this one is a potluck. We have assigned categories because who wants to eat only chips and no main entree. I don’t for sure. As usual, I ended up with desserts. I did not want to make anything complicated like I originally planned, since I just finished finals and I have to factor in the transportation aspect. It would be simpler if I was driving down, but I am flying down instead.

Something super delicious that travels well and who does not love (unless you dislike chocolate *gasp!*). Truffles. Chocolate Truffles. More specifically dark chocolate truffles. My worst enemy. If you place a bowl of chocolate truffles in front of me, I can just eat them all. Don’t even try asking me to save you any. There will not be any left.

Chocolate truffles are just amazing. Few ingredients, but indulgent enough. Once placed in your mouth, the smoothness of the chocolate, just melts on your tongue that you have to close your eyes and savor the taste. Awwww man… I really want a truffle now.

Chocolate TrufflesStealing

Please don’t mind me as I steal a truffle in between photos.

Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients

  • 6 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 6 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder plus more as needed

Instructions

  1. Combine bittersweet and semisweet chocolate in a bowl. If you don't have chocolate bars, you can use chocolate chips instead. Set aside.
  2. In a small pot, heat up the heavy cream over medium heat until the cream starts to bubble around the edge of the pot.
  3. Pour the heavy cream over the chocolate and cover the bowl with plastic wrap to help melt the chocolate. Set aside for at least 3 minutes. This becomes a ganache.
  4. Using a spatula, mix together until smooth. Add vanilla and softened butter until combined. Let cool until room temperature then refrigerate for 2 hours.
  5. Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment and. Fill a small bowl or plate with cocoa powder. If using nuts, make sure nuts are crushed and place in another bowl. Set aside.
  6. Remove ganache from fridge. Use a tablespoon to scoop ganache from bowl and roll into balls with your hands. This becomes messy, so you'll need to clean your hands or wear gloves as the chocolate will melt in your hands. Once all the ganache is rolled into balls, drop into cocoa powder or nuts and roll until surface is covered. Repeat until all balls are covered. Refrigerate for 15 minutes on the baking sheet to hardened the chocolate then place in an airtight container.
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