Courtesy Adrian Jimenez, co-owner, Blue Aces Bake Shoppe in Salinas
This recipe will be a crowd pleaser in any household, and is so simple—only two ingredients are required for the base—and there’s plenty of room for imagination and creativity in flavorings and coatings. It’s delicious, wholesome fun and makes a great gift for the holidays.
2 cups (16 ounces) Ghirardelli Fine Chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup (8 ounces) heavy whipping cream
Flavoring or extract of your choice
Cocoa powder, sprinkles or cookie crumbs for coating
In a heavy saucepan over low-medium heat, add cream and heat until cream is hot to the touch. Pour hot cream over chocolate and allow to sit for 5 minutes, melting the chocolate throughout. Stir until mixture is a smooth, consistent, beautiful chocolaty blend. From here you can divide the chocolate, if desired, into separate bowls so that each one can have a different flavor. Chocolate pairs so well with so many flavors—we personally love orange-infused chocolate truffles! Here are some other flavor ideas:
- Dried cherry, raspberry or cranberry
- Orange zest or orange flower water
- Tea packets or espresso
- Alcohol (may be substituted for 1/3 of the cream)
- Peppermint, herbs or florals
- Pecans, pistachios or caramel
Once you add flavorings, move the truffle mixture to the refrigerator and allow to cool at least 1 hour. During this time the chocolate will set, making it more pliable and easier to roll by hand. Using a tablespoon, scrape the top of the truffle mixture into equal-sized portions and hand roll into uniform balls. Once they have all been rolled, drop them gently into your coating and roll until the chocolate is covered and evenly coated. Your coating is what will finish the outside of the truffle, sealing in all that tasty chocolate and giving a beautiful finished look to a handmade showstopper.
Presentation is equally important; for parties, you can display on a cheeseboard with nuts and fresh fruits. You can also place in mini-cupcake wrappers and set on a platter, or simply pile high. For gift giving, you can set your truffles in mini-cupcake wrappers inside a tin, box or platter, tie with ribbon, and you’re good to go. Yields 40 truffles.