CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES ARE EASY TO MAKE AT HOME.
Don't be intimidated by how gorgeous these are. I swear you can make these and you will be so impressed with yourself. Give it a try and give some to your favorite sweetie!
How can you find a better gift than homemade Chocolate Truffles?
I initially created these little beauties as a Valentine's Day gift idea. But they're an equally worthy gift at Christmas time. You can make a few batches with different spirits, and then give out sampler boxes as hostess gifts. Gift boxes are readily available at your local craft stores. Or order them here.
Although, most of the time we associate chocolate truffles with a Valentine's day gifts. Not to say they aren't the perfect Valentine's day idea. But keep an open mind. Making homemade chocolate truffles is a super good birthday gift or even a just because you are a fricken awesome person gift.
My friends are spoiled.
I make stuff like this for them on "just because" occasions. And maybe also because being a full-time food blogger often leaves me in the position of having way too much food around. I can't keep it all for myself, so I share it as much as I can. It's a win-win. My friends feel special, and I don't have diabetes.
If you are still in search of a few Valentine's Day Gift ideas, these are perfect. Homemade chocolate truffles cost way less than jewelry, and they will leave the recipient impressed not only with your hidden talent as a chocolatier but also your thoughtfulness. Handmade gifts are priceless because you can't buy them anywhere. How special is that?
You can make these chocolate truffles extra special by adding a little bit of your favorite spirit. My favorite is rum or Cursçao, which is an orange flavored spirit. Or make them sans-alcohol for the kiddos. See suggestions in the recipe card below.
Technically, these are "truffles" because the chocolate ganache rum balls are dipped in melted chocolate after they are chilled. For a simpler finish drop the rum balls into a bowl of cocoa powder. I know once you give this recipe a try you will wonder why you haven't tried to make them before. When you think about how much a standard box of gourmet chocolates costs, you will kick yourself for not making these sooner. (I even have the microwave instructions in the recipe.)
I HATE Shopping!
And not just a little bit. Hitting the mall on a regular day feels like a complete nightmare – but then throw me into the mall during the holidays and forget about it! I'm done...over the edge city! I cannot deal with the crowds or the stress of picking the perfect gift. I'm a practical girl. I like to give people something that they will use, or in this case, consume.
Let's face it, most of us don't need a thing. For this reason, I love making homemade gifts. I would much rather be in the kitchen making something than out at the mall any day. Plus, I feel like making something that you created yourself means so much more than just buying something.
If making candy seems right up your alley – I have a few other recipes to add to your list.
The butter toffee is beautiful and delicious. You can make it topped with roasted and chopped nuts or merely top it with a little craft salt. I love making a big batch of this and then eating it on top of ice cream. I have also chopped this toffee up and added it to a cookie dough along with chocolate chips for an extra special batch of chocolate chip cookies.
My post will show you how to make toffee. After you read it, you will be ready to tackle candy making. If you can read a thermometer, you can make this toffee. Check out the recipe here.
Other fast and easy homemade candy recipes.
If you're looking for something super fast and easy – the Vegan Rocky Road Fudge takes 5 minutes to make in the microwave. I don't tell anyone that I make this in the microwave. I mean seriously, its so easy. [You really can't get any easier than that. You can't even make rice crispy treats that fast.] Best of all, it doesn't look or taste like you only spent 5 minutes! It is DELICIOUS!
The other great thing about this vegan fudge is that you can make it rocky road style or you can drop in almost any variety or mix-ins that your imagination can conjure up.
Then there is the Dark Chocolate Almond Bark
This is another super easy recipe that is naturally dairy free. It is also super flexible because you can mix-in almost any type of dried fruit and/or nuts.
Have a questions about these recipes? I would love to hear from you.
- Place 16 ounces of chocolate in a large glass bowl.
- Heat cream in a sauce pan until it is very hot. Pour over chocolate.
- Stir until the chocolate is melted. (If chocolate doesn't melt completely it can be microwaved for 30 seconds at a time or placed over a double boiler until melted.)
- Add rum (or other optional flavoring) and stir until everything is well-combined.
- Pour chocolate onto 9" x 13" baking sheet. (Can be lined with parchment or plastic wrap.) Refrigerate for about 60 minutes, until the mixture is thick and "scoopable."
- When the mixture is cool enough to hold its shape, scoop small balls of the chocolate onto a baking sheet that's been lined with parchment paper. For perfectly round truffles, quickly roll each one between the palms of your hands. You have to do this quickly, or the chocolate will become too soft.
- Freeze rolled balls for about 60 minutes, covered, until they are firm and very cold.
- Heat the 23 ounces of chocolate over a double boiler until melted and smooth. See notes for microwave directions.
- Remove frozen chocolate centers from the freezer. Drop into melted chocolate one by one. Make sure each one is evenly coated. Using a fork or chocolate dipping tool, remove and place on parchment paper. Cool completely.
- Optional: as you make them, sprinkle each truffle with the garnish of your choice. (chopped nuts, toffee, jimmies, etc.)
- ½ tbsp of raspberry flavoring + 2 ½ tbsp raspberry jam
- ½ tbsp orange oil + 2 ½ tbsp orange liqueur like Curaçao
- 3 tbsp of really strong espresso