Chocolate truffles: what not to do

My company had this thing where we volunteer to send surprise gifts to randomly selected users of our product, as a way to show our appreciation. All those who do so will have their gift entered into a contest and the best gifts win prizes.

I signed up and decided to make some chocolate truffles. I followed America’s Test Kitchen’s recipe and process, as described on this page. I divided the recipe into four batches and flavored each differently. The flavors were: orange zest and ginger, bacon, pasilla chili, and Chihuahua de Mexico smoked salt.

I want to share with you my method, or rather what not to do! 🙂 The recipe calls for putting the truffle mix into a parchment-lined 9″x9″ tray and chill for 2 hours then lift it out, cut it into rectangles and roll each rectangles into balls. I couldn’t do that since I needed to make four different flavors so I divided the mix into four small containers and flavored them separately. I planned to scoop the truffle mix out with a spoon. That sounded good in theory but was a nightmare in practice because the chilled truffle mix was stiff and difficult to scoop. (Once scooped out, the mix softened quickly in my hands so it was then not difficult to form into balls.)

Next time, I’ll probably make “dividers” in the 9″x9″ tray so I can chill all flavors in the same tray and then handle it as the recipe suggests.

3 Comments on “Chocolate truffles: what not to do”

  1. #1 Susan Katz
    on Nov 15th, 2014 at 19:46

    I bet they turned out delicious, regardless!! 😉

  2. #2 aqn
    on Nov 18th, 2014 at 17:29

    Well, they actually turned out to be quite “grown up” because of the amount of 75% bittersweet chocolate in them. They turned out more “bitter” than “sweet”. I actually like chocolate like that, but I brought some samples to work and they were not as big a hit as I had hoped. Perhaps next time I will try using semi-sweet chocolate…

  3. #3 Susan Katz
    on Nov 20th, 2014 at 13:08

    Mmmm I love bitter chocolate like that too. I often eat a piece of 85% straight from the bar… 🙂