Life is like a box of dark chocolate truffles
We did a survey a few years back and discovered that the one food most considered to be a romantic gift was a box of chocolates. I love the gesture but you know what would make that box of chocolate even more sweet? If you made it yourself! That’s why I’m sharing my recipe for homemade dark chocolate truffles. (And of course, chocolate is an aphrodisiac of legendary repute!)
A four-ingredient recipe
If you feel intimidated by the idea of making your own dark chocolate truffles, don’t! This recipe only takes 4 ingredients. And if you can roll dough into a ball, you can make beautiful truffles. In fact, I think that they’re more endearing if they look a little less than perfect.
Presenting your gift
Box them up in a red velvet box with a layer of parchment paper or just serve them on your favorite tray. The fact that you made the effort is almost guaranteed to bring your lover to their knees.
- 3 oz premium dark chocolate*
- 1/3 c half and half
- 2-3 tbsp your favorite dried fruit I recommend using blueberries and raspberries
- cocoa powder for dusting
Grate chocolate or cut it into chip-sized pieces. (You can also use a premium chocolate chip.)
Heat half and half over medium high heat to a near boil. (Don’t let it boil.)
Remove pan from heat and whisk in the chocolate, stirring until the mixture is completely smooth.
Cool in the refrigerator for about 3-4 hours (or overnight), until chocolate mixture has set.
Using a teaspoon, scoop cooled chocolate and form a ball, pressing 1 or 2 pieces of fruit into the center. (Don’t waste your time trying to form your truffles into perfect spheres. A slightly uneven surface screams, “I rolled these chocolates with my own bare hands, expressly for your pleasure.”) If the truffles wont hold shape, refrigerate chocolate mixture for another hour.
Cool the formed truffles in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes.
Roll each truffle in cocoa powder. Truffles will be soft but if they are so soft that the cocoa is absorbed, store in the refrigerator.
Truffles can be stored in a cool, dry place for up to 5 days.
*Note: You can use any dark chocolate bar or bittersweet baking chocolate to make this recipe, but we recommend using a chocolate that has at least 70% cocoa (look for one that tells the percentage on the label).
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