Last year, I posted about this UH-MAZING truffle recipe. Did you try it? And how far did it knock off your socks? Across town? I thought so. This year, I had to take it one step further. So, Natural Sugar is celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas, truffle-style. Sorry, we won’t be stuffing ‘lords-a-leaping’ or ‘swans-a-swimming’ into these truffles. But they will be packed with some mouth-watering, unusual, surprising and incredible flavors. Come back each day through Christmas Eve for a new, delicious and approachable holiday truffle.
Without further ado…
On the 1st day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
A Traditional, Cocoa-Covered Truffle
A luscious and creamy chocolate ball, dusted with cocoa powder.
You can never go wrong with a classic!
On the 2nd day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
A White Chocolate Drizzled Truffle
A milk chocolate center, encased in a semi-sweet shell,
drizzled in smooth White Chocolate.
On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
A Cereal & Sugar Truffle
A milk chocolate center, playfully tossed in cereal and powdered sugar.
On the 4th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
A White Chocolate Peppermint
A milk chocolate and peppermint center, wrapped in white chocolate and candy canes.
On the 5th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
A Peanut Butter Buckeye
I can't ignore the ubiquitous Buckeyes of Ohio State University, so this is my rendition of the peanut butter and chocolate sensation!
A Smoked Paprika Truffle
A chocolate ball, infused with smoked paprika and drizzled in white chocolate.
On the 7th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
An Orange Zest Truffle
Chocolate. Orange Zest. Amazing.
On the 8th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
A Lemon Raspberry Truffle
On the 10th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
An Amaretto Truffle
A milk chocolate center, infused with Disaronno with a
semi-sweet chocolate shell and topped with slivered almonds.
On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
A deep and dark espresso chocolate inside. Semi-sweet shell outside.
On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
semi-sweet chocolate and golden sprinkles.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
Wishing you a prosperous new year!
Basic Truffle Recipe
7 oz. of your favorite milk chocolate
6 oz. heavy cream (3/4 C.)
Pinch of salt
Your favorite candies, nuts, and other holiday ingredients to dress up your truffles
Set up a double boiler. Bring a sauce pan filled with water to a boil. Set a metal or glass bowl on top of the pot, making sure that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the surface of the water. In the bowl, heat the milk chocolate and cream, stirring until smooth and incorporated. Add the salt and stir to combine. Allow to cool to room temperature and place the mixture in the refrigerator to set overnight (or at least 3 hours).
Take the refrigerated mixture and scoop out small spoonfuls, rolling them into balls with your hands. Place them on a parchment paper-covered cookie sheet that will fit in your freezer. You will need to work quickly because they will begin to melt. If the mixture becomes too soft to work with, place it in the refrigerator for several minutes. Once you have made all of the balls, set the cookie sheet in the freezer so they firm up.
Now comes the fun part! You can dress these truffles up or down, with whatever ingredients you like. Melted chocolate, candy, nuts, fruit, extracts, liqueurs, anything! What are you favorite truffle flavors and combinations? Please share them and comment below!
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