I was doing research on chocolate truffles and came across a site that lists the world’s best truffles. The prices ranged from $120/lb – $2,600lb. I would have no problem spending $2,600 on a bag or gorgeous dress, but spending that much on a piece of chocolate would kill me.
It’s so fascinating what people spend their money on. I like spending money on luxuries that are materialistic, but when it comes to 5 star hotels, first class plane tickets, and other luxuries that don’t last long I become cheap. Daniel would rather spend money to fly first class over a pair of expensive sunglasses, or buy a 30-year bottle of Scotch Whiskey than a nice suit. His idea of luxuries are different from mine, but as much as I love food I don’t think I’d ever be able to spend an insane amount on chocolate. However, I do wonder how much more amazing they taste than the average $2-$3 truffles.
The truffles I made this morning were decadent, creamy and Oh SOOOOO good! You’d be surprised how easy and quick these are to make. Much less time than making cookies or a cake. Godiva sells truffles in gift boxes for a hefty price. You don’t need much to make 16 beautiful and delicious truffles at home; a pretty box, 20 min to prep and about $8 worth of ingredients.
- 10.5 ounces fine quality chocolate chopped
- 1/2 cup heavy cream, rich’s whip or nutri whip
- 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tablespoons unsalted softened butter,margarine or coconut oil
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
- Cinnamon or cayenne pepper (optional)
- 5 ounces melted chocolate
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup chopped toasted nuts (almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, pistachios) or;
- toasted shredded coconut or;
- Lightly coat a baking dish with cooking spray. Lay two sheets of parchment paper in a pan perpendicular to one another.
- In a double boiler or Microwave melt chocolate stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes. If you are using microwave heat for 30 seconds at a time. When melted set the bowl aside.
- Heat cream 1-2 min.
- Stir honey, vanilla, and salt into cream and pour mixture over chocolate. Slowly stir the mixture until combined.
- Stir in butter until ganache is smooth and shiny.
- Transfer ganache to the baking dish. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
- Remove chocolate from the baking dish. Cut chocolate into 1-inch squares.
- Option 1: Sift cocoa powder, and confectioners sugar, and cinnamon through a fine-mesh sieve. (you can add cinnamon, cayenne or any other spices you like)
- Option 2: Melt chocolate and stir in sugar. Dip each ball into the melted chocolate and immediately roll into chopped nuts until evenly coated.
Lightly coat hands with cocoa mixture, and roll each square into ball. Transfer balls to the cake pan with either mixture. Roll balls around, until evenly coated.
- Transfer truffles to airtight container, and refrigerate.
- Before serving, remove truffles from the fridge and let them sit at room temperature for 8-10 minutes.
I think it’s about time for a GIVEAWAY!!! I wanted to give something original, so my husband recommended that it be a Food Dehydrator ($70 value). Loved the idea, I use it to make beef jerky, which is always the biggest hit. I also use it to make fruit leather, dried fruits, crackers, salmon jerky, ect…
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