"What's your favourite chocolate truffle recipe?"
Variations to your truffle flavours can be added in two ways; to the chocolate truffle recipe or simply to the coating of the truffle.
The suggestions I have included are just that, truffle variation ideas to inspire you to make dark chocolate truffles that meet your needs.
What I have given you is an easy chocolate truffles recipe that will work, the combinations and strength of the flavours are up to you!
You add any flavourings to the filling at the point when you mix through the cream in the chocolate truffle recipe . Do not over-mix, fold through until just combined.
Once I made a box of orange chocolate truffles for a friend who adores any orange/chocolate flavour combination. I used all of the suggestions below so that I had a mixed box, some with just orange oil and rolled in cocoa powder or dipped in white chocolate. Some with the orange zest and dipped in dark chocolate or rolled in chocolate sprinkles. Others just simply rolled in finely chopped glace orange. In the end I had eight different combinations and a very happy friend!.
What to roll your handmade chocolate truffles in?
Traditionally chocolate truffles are dusted in cocoa powder. I like to tell a story and add variety to my truffles especially when I make my favourite mixed gift boxes for friends and family. By rolling them in anything that compliments their flavour and to give a clue to their delicious identity.
Keep it simple though; do not overpower the wonderful smooth chocolate taste of the truffle.
As long as the coating is fine enough to stick to the truffle it will work.
I do recommend if you are using nuts in your chocolate truffles either in the filling or the coating to roast them first as this brings out their wonderful truffle flavor.
To Dip Or Not To Dip?
My favourite way to coat the chocolate truffles is to dip them in melted dark, milk, or white chocolate. This gives them a lovely contrast to their smooth chocolate texture inside. It also enables you to expand your truffle flavours adventure easily.
To make chocolate covered truffles does take a little longer and I have to admit it is a little messy but definitely worth the effort and not difficult. Remember you want to achieve maximum WOW! factor.
All you need to do is melt your favourite chocolate in a small deep bowl following manufactures instructions. Click here for help and information on how to melt chocolate. The truffles need to be chilled before dipping. You can use a dipping fork, a skewer, two teaspoons or your finger tips to dip the truffles into the chocolate.
A thin coating is what you are looking for so let any excess drip off. Transfer to a baking tray lined with non stick baking paper, foil or wax paper to set.
As messy as it sounds, to dip them quickly, then rolling them between the palms of your hands gives a lovely even coating and that professional textured finish. Once started this is also the quickest way to get a consistent finish.
Chill to set. Now you will always have chocolate left over from the dipping and I hate to waste chocolate so all you need to do is let it set then grate this block so you have chocolate shavings to coat the next batch of easy chocolate truffles or to decorate a chocolate cake.
Truffle Flavours - Suggestions
These are additions I use to flavour my truffles. They are ideas you can use to make many variations please do not think that you need to add all these ingredients in the one truffle. Truffle flavours should be subtle. Quantities are only a suggestion and you should be guided by your own tastes in creating your truffle flavours.
Remember you can find my base chocolate truffle recipe here.
Traditional chocolate truffles
- traditional truffles are dusted in cocoa powder.
- I have an idea for those of you who find cocoa powder too bitter.
- Use powdered drinking chocolate instead.
- Drinking chocolate comes in many delicious varieties and can be used as a quick and easy way to give truffle flavours.
Chocolate Orange/Jaffa/Grand Marnier Truffles
- add 1 teaspoon of orange oil, orange essence or 1 tablespoon of cointreau.
- add 1-2 tablespoons of finely grated orange zest or 1-2 tablespoons finely chopped glace orange or 1-2 tablespoons finely chopped mixed peel.
- roll in finely chopped mixed peel.
- dip in chocolate and place a small piece of glace orange on top.
- colour white chocolate with food grade orange colour paste and dip or drizzle over the truffle.
Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles
- add 1/3 cup finely chopped roasted hazelnuts.
- Make sure you remove the skins after roasting as they are bitter in taste.
- add 1 tablespoon of hazelnut liqueur – frangelico.
- roll in finely chopped roasted hazelnuts.
Chocolate Brandy Truffles
- add 1 tablespoon of brandy.
- roll in grated chocolate.
Chocolate Chilli Truffles
- add ½ - 1 teaspoon of chilli oil.
- This quantity is up to your threshold for chilli but remember you are trying to compliment the chocolate truffle flavour and the chilli hit should be subtle.
- dip in dark chocolate.
- Drizzle red sugar icing across the top or even pipe a chilli shape.
Chocolate Mint Truffles
- add ½ to 1 teaspoon of peppermint oil or essence or 1 tablespoon of mint liqueur.
- add 1/3 cup finely chopped hard mint candies.
- roll in icing sugar. You will need to do this a second time as the icing sugar is easily absorbed into the truffle. The second coating will give you a nice white finish.
- roll in finely chopped hard mint candies.
- roll in grated white chocolate.
- white chocolate can be coloured green and used to dip or decorate.
Chocolate Rum Truffles
For great looking Chocolate Rum Truffles:
- add 1 tablespoon of rum.
- roll in chocolate sprinkles
Chocolate Fig Truffles
- add ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
- add 1/3 cup of finely chopped dried or glace figs.
- roll in finely chopped praline.
- dip in chocolate
- place a small piece of fig on top.
Chocolate Almond Truffles
- add 1 tablespoon of almond liqueur – amaretto.
- add 1/3 cup of finely chopped roasted almonds or roasted flaked almonds.
- roll in finely chopped roasted almonds or crushed amaretti biscuits.
Coffee chocolate truffles / Chocolate mocha truffles
- add 1-2 tablespoons of strong cooled espresso.
- dip in chocolate and place a coffee bean on top.
- Chocolate coffee beans are delicious.
- roll in fine espresso powder.
Chocolate Ginger Truffles
- add 1/3 cup finely chopped glace
- or syrup ginger.
- dip in chocolate
- place a small piece of the ginger on top.
- add 1 tablespoon of coconut liqueur
- or ½ - 1 teaspoon of coconut essence.
- roll in shredded coconut.
Chocolate Fruit and Nut Truffles
- add ¼ cup finely chopped roasted almonds
- add ¼ cup finely chopped sultanas.
- The sultanas can be soaked in 1 tablespoon of brandy for 30 minutes before adding.
- roll in powdered drinking chocolate.
Chocolate Pistachio Truffles
- add 1/3 cup of roasted pistachio nuts finely chopped.
- roll in finely chopped roasted pistachio nuts.
- dip in melted chocolate and place a whole nut on top.
Chocolate Cherry Truffles / Black Forest / Cherry Ripe
- add 1/3 cup of finely chopped glace cherries.
- add 1/4 cup finely chopped glace cherries
- add 1/4 cup shredded coconut and call them Cherry Ripe Truffles.
- add 1 tablespoon of cherry liqueur and call them Black Forest Truffles.
- dip in melted chocolate and place a slice of glace cherry on top.
Well I hope this has helped you to make your favourite chocolate truffles. It may even have inspired you to discover new truffle flavours. Using my chocolate truffles recipe will take away any fears you may have had in making chocolate truffles. They really are very easy and you can be very creative with your flavours.
Why not take your creativity a step further and turn your favourite truffle flavours into a wonderful truffle cake . It's not hard once you know how.
Maybe I should confess to my favourite truffle flavours - A large box of mixed ones!! I love Christmas for this reason alone. I always make mixed boxes of truffles as gifts and of course you always make a few extra for the cook!
One more to add to your favourite chocolate truffle recipes ...
The perfect chocolate christmas treat, the perfect handmade christmas gift.
These cute little christmas pudding chocolate truffles sitting on their own little plates are another variation of my truffle recipe.
Add a little bit of christmas magic to your truffle flavors.
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