Double Chocolate Truffles

Double Chocolate Truffles with Cocoa

 

Holiday baking is a big deal at our house, a time when chocolates, cookies, and Christmas Stollen are penciled into the calendar just like parties. As much as I love our tradition of baking and candy making, it isn’t without a fair amount of compromise to our food philosophy of avoiding refined flour and sugar.

Except chocolate truffles made with coconut oil and dark chocolate.

These Double Chocolate Truffles satisfy the chocolate lovers in our house (which is everyone)—adding coconut oil and dark chocolate (containing 70% cocoa) brings health benefits to our candy platter without compromise (or guilt). Not only are these Double Chocolate Truffles eyes-roll-up-in-your-head delicious, but anyone, I mean anyone can make these babies and look like a pro.

Just don’t rush when you eat one.

I remember having this debate with my brother-in-law about truffle eating when I saw him chewing, yes, chewing a Lindt chocolate truffle as he was unwrapping another—it is still a joke between us and he is sure to taunt me with his truffle snarfing whenever possible. As I told him, this isn’t dime store candy to be gobbled up, chocolate truffles should be savored. Bite if you must, but allowing its silkiness to cascade over your tongue in gentle chocolate waves is far more satisfying. I suppose if you roll them in nuts or toffee you may be tempted to chew, but do try to resist, lingering as long as possible in velvety chocolate bliss.

Double Chocolate Truffles with Crushed Peanuts, Pistachios, & Almond-Toffee

 

Chocolate truffle recipes vary little from source to source; this recipe is adapted from The Nourishing Gourmet. There are only a handful of ingredients with a few basic instructions, so quality is key. Buy the finest chocolate you can afford—after all, it is the main attraction. Add flavored liqueurs or any number of coatings, mix milk or dark chocolate as you wish, this recipe is easy to customize. Naturally gluten-free, these can also be made dairy-free (see recipe notes), making it easy to share custom homemade gifts.

Chocolate Buying Info:
Selecting the Best Chocolate for Your Recipe at Gourmet Candy Maker.com is a helpful primer on chocolate.
Chocosphere and GYGI are on-line sources offering various brands of fine chocolate.

I call these Double Chocolate Truffles because I use a mix of bittersweet chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate. Even though a simple dusting of unsweetened cocoa remains my favorite way to enjoy chocolate truffles, other coatings are a nice complement to the chocolate and create a festive tray for parties:

unsweetened cocoa powder
chopped hazelnuts
chopped peanuts
chopped pistachios
chopped almonds
coconut flakes
crushed peppermint
crushed pretzels
toffee bits
colorful sprinkles
white chocolate (freeze truffles before dipping)
milk chocolate (freeze truffles before dipping)

Double Chocolate Truffles
 
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Serves / Yields: Approximately 30 truffles
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil -- unrefined
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate -- about 5.5 oz chopped or in chips
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate -- about 5.5 oz chopped or in chips
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract -- or other flavorings
Instructions
  1. Mix heavy cream and coconut oil in a small pot over med-low heat and bring to a strong simmer. Remove from heat and add the vanilla and chocolates.
  2. Stir until chocolate is melted and smooth.
  3. Pour into a bowl and refrigerate for for at least two hours, or until mixture is firm to the touch.
  4. Prepare desired toppings and place in separate bowls. Once the chocolate is hardened, use a melon baller or a small cookie scoop to create balls of chocolate--we like bite-size truffles. Roll each ball in your hands to round and smooth, but don't worry about trying to make them perfectly round.
  5. Roll each truffle ball in desired coating, pressing lightly to help adhere, and arrange in an air tight container to store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  6. Allow to sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes before serving for a silkier texture.
Notes & Suggestions
Unsalted butter can be used as a substitute for the coconut oil for more traditional truffles. To make dairy-free truffles, substitute coconut cream for the heavy whipping cream and use chocolate that does not contain milk products.

Double Chocolate Truffles with Coconut Flakes


I will be taking a break from blogging to indulge in time with family and friends for the next couple of weeks …

I want to wish you all a very

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

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9 Responses to Double Chocolate Truffles

  1. Brenda December 19, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    Judy, my son and I will be making these either today or tomorrow for gifts for his teachers. Thank you for the inspiration, I had bought them pretty monogrammed bags but was feeling uninspired about what to put in them to complete the gift!

    I enjoyed the story about your brother in law. In my family we have a perennial disagreement about whether it is OK to put a spoonful of icecream in your mouth and then withdraw it with some ice cream still on it. I always insist that the spoon com out clean!

  2. ChgoJohn December 19, 2012 at 8:21 am #

    These look wonderful, Judy. You just cannot have enough chocolate over the holidays and these are a real good way to test that philosophy. :)
    Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas and wonderful 2013.
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  3. Raymund December 19, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    This is so festive, I love truffles but my daughter would love them more specially now she is experimenting in making different flavours. She would do like this post
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  4. john@kitchenriffs December 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    I love chocolate truffles! My wife makes them occasionally, and they’re so delish. Amazing that something so tasty is also pretty easy to make. Have a great break – we’ll all be waiting here for you when you return.
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  5. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen December 19, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

    Oh, my gosh.. cascading silkiness? I’m loving the sound of these truffles. I agree, the best ingredients, but you’ve made them healthy for us now, thank you!! xx
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  6. Linda December 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    Pure indulgence! Love the use of cocnut oil. I agree the holidays due cause a bit of falling off the clean eating, but I wouldn’t pass up a bit of holiday sweets! I have to try these out before the year ends! Happy holidays!

  7. Jed Gray (sportsglutton) December 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Everything about that platter of truffles says yes to me. So jealous that we can’t make such delicious things this year as all our belongs are over by you in Colorado. Oh well, next year!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’s to you and yours Judy!!
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  8. Karen (Back Road Journal) December 29, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    Beautiful looking truffles. I have recently made truffles as well. I do have to buy coconut oil…so many people are using it now. Have a great New Year.
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  9. thedrivencook January 1, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    These look delicious!

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