Why I made them
Valentine’s Day might have triggered the idea of me making chocolate truffles. After all, they are part of the tradition. Many of us, including myself, love chocolate-covered strawberries. Yum!
Anyway, while I intended to make them for the holiday, they were not ready by that day. The process for making these treats involved a lot of time.
How long the process took
It took around a few weeks from start to finish. What I did was look up chocolate truffle recipes. When I found one I liked, I followed it. However, I wanted my version to differ.
That recipe did not call for a hard coating on the outside. It instructed the reader on how to make the soft, but workable, filling and what he or she could coat the treats with.
I would not have minded that, except that I might have been worried about the results becoming sticky, messy, and needing a large amount of handwashing.
I also wanted to mimic the commercially-made chocolate truffles with the hard coating.
By the time I got far in the process, Valentine’s Day had passed by several days. But I did come up with another idea.
What I ended up doing with them
I kept some of the truffles. But the rest went to my friend for his birthday at the beginning of March. That box with the chocolates in the photo above was my friend’s birthday present. He really enjoyed the gift.
How I made them
I added some twists to the formula. What it says to do is to warm the cream over the chopped chocolate (I believe chocolate chips could be okay, too) and let it sit for a few minutes before moving onto the next step.
That is to stir the chocolate until it melts completely.
Then you refrigerate the chocolate for at least 1 – 2 hours, maybe even more.
Once it’s ready, you roll them into balls. Keep in mind, though, that the chocolate sticks very easily. Although it is not said in the recipe’s source, I would suggest wearing gloves when preparing the chocolate and rolling it out. At least you’ll wash your hands less often.
The recipe is from sallysbakingaddiction(dot)com. You can go there for the full recipe.
How I flavored them
The recipe does not discuss flavoring. However, you can flavor them if you’d like.
What I did was drop some various flavored extracts into the chocolate. They included:
- And of course, plain
Just a drop per ball will do the trick. Otherwise, the flavor will come out too strong, thus bitter.
After dripping a little drop into the chocolate, you roll it and the flavor evens out.
How I coated them
I bought chocolate melts in dark, milk, and white flavors. I strongly recommend using these instead of chocolate chips.
Why? Because they have more fat and will melt a lot better, thus will cool into a more smooth texture.
You could try chocolate chips, but they are harder to melt, especially the white. They also may not cool as smoothly. In fact, they could do the opposite – cool in a rough, unaesthetic texture.
How I distinguished the flavors
For the plain chocolate truffles, I just left nothing. For the others, I did the following:
- Banana – I covered it with yellow chocolate (the only colored chocolate they sold at the store near me).
- Peppermint – I cut some peppermint hard candies and placed one on top of each truffle consisting of that flavor.
- Orange – I topped each one containing that flavor with a candied orange, the kind you would find in Panetones.
- Almond – I chopped some almonds and covered the tops of the respected chocolates with them.
- Coconut – I sprinkled some shredded coconut onto those respected truffles.
- Strawberry – This one was tricky, because the food dyes would not color the brown chocolates, no matter how much I added. So, I added red sugars to the outside of the strawberry-flavored ones.
- Raspberry – I did the same as with the strawberry ones, but used blue sugars
- Coffee – I don’t remember.
What You Can Expect
This process takes time. I would not recommend doing this if you are in a hurry. There is a lot of stickiness, cooling, work, hand-washing, and most importantly, patience needed.
That being said, if you do have a lot of time, especially if you are a big planner, like me, then give this a try.