Who doesn’t love truffles? Homemade truffles at that! This year, surprise your valentine with the gift of chocolate. Follow our recipe below (recipe taken from The Complete Photo Guide to Candy Making) for making these simple and delicious scooped truffles.
Basic Scooped and Dipped Truffles (makes approximately 60- 1″ truffles)
Instructions1. Melt milk chocolate. Cool to at least 98°. Whip cream until it holds a soft peak. Add cream to warm chocolate, a little at a time, stirring with a spoon. When all the cream is added, stir in salt and vanilla. Chill in refrigerator until mixture is firm but not stiff (5-20 minutes).
2. After the truffle mixture has chilled, use a cookie scoop to create consistently sized truffles. We used a 1 1/4″ scoop to make larger truffles. Chill the scooped truffles in the refrigerator for an hour or two.
3. Remove from refrigerator and roll into balls. Allow to crust slightly at room temperature (several hours or overnight). At this point, several can be rolled into cocoa powder for a more traditional truffle, the rest can be dipped into chocolate. Melt candy coating or melt and temper real chocolate. Dip truffles into melted chocolate. Try rolling some of your dipped truffles into finely chopped mixed nuts, chocolate vermicelli (we mixed ours with red heart sprinkles for Valentine’s Day), or cocoa maracaibo nibs for an enticing truffle assortment.
If you’re looking for something other than a basic truffle, try these delicious variations.
White or Dark Chocolate Truffles- Use basic truffle recipe with real white or dark chocolate. Melt and dip into white or dark candy coating or melted and tempered white or dark chocolate.
Mocha Truffles- Use basic truffle recipe with dark chocolate. Stir in 1 teaspoon coffee flavor per 1 cup of truffle mixture. Dip and roll in chocolate vermicelli.
Coconut Truffles- Use basic truffle recipe with white chocolate. Dip in white chocolate and roll in desiccated coconut. Tips for making truffles:
- Use chocolate no warmer than 98°. If the chocolate is too warm, it will melt the whipped cream.
- Use only the freshest possible heavy cream. The fresher the cream is, the longer the shelf life will be of the truffles.
- Truffles that are dipped can last 10-14 days, while truffles that are not completely encased can last only 3-5.
- Pipe truffle mixture into a lined truffle mold to make perfect looking truffles.