Sunday, December 11, 2011

Chocolate Truffles!

Chocolate Truffles make for a wonderful gift!
If you want to create something that will send your taste buds into their own private party, you must make Truffles! Not only are they pretty easy as far as directions, but this time of year they make for a wonderful gift. It only appears that you devoted hours to making them! The reality is that it's just a few steps, some wait time, and *voila* you have such a delightfully delicious treat!

This recipe will make 12 large truffles or 24 small ones. The ingredients that I used are as follows:

  • 16 oz of semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (one small carton)
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 4 tablespoons butterscotch schnapps
  • 4 Heath Bars ground (or use the bag of toffee bits)

Put the chocolate in a bowl. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and add the cream to it, stirring constantly until it comes to a boil. Pour the cream mix over the chocolate and shake the bowl gently to settle the cream. Cover with plastic and let it sit until the chocolate melts (about 5 minutes). Whisk the mix until it is smooth and shiny, whisking in the liquor. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minmum of 30 minutes. The longer it's refrigerated, the better it will be to work with.

Line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper. Remove the bowl of chocolate from the refrigerator. I used a small cookie scoop that I kept on ice to scoop out chocolate balls and place them on the parchment paper. I put these back in the refrigerator overnight. 

Using a small glass bowl, empty a few of your crushed toffee bits into the small bowl. Chill your hands (I discovered that the frozen butter worked great for this) and roll each drop into a neat ball. Drop it into the small dish with the coating and toss it gently until it is thoroughly coated. Place the finished truffle into a small baking cup. Repeat this process until all are coated and set in place. I keep them in the refrigerator until I am ready to give as a gift. 

As pointed out to me, there are so many FLAVOR variations of this recipe. Pick flavors that are appealing to you. One batch I made, I used Peppermint Schnapps, and rolled them into crushed peppermint. Use your imagination and have fun!

Happy Eating!

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