Kitchen Concoctions: Chocolate and Valentine's Day go Hand n' Hand

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Chocolate and Valentine's Day go Hand n' Hand

We can’t have a Valentine’s week without chocolate! Chocolate truffles are so easy to make, although (and don’t say I didn’t warn you) a bit messy. Not only are they fun, you can easily customize the flavors you want based on your desired coatings and flavor extracts.

These truffles also make a great activity to do with kids, since they literally require hands on work! Remember, it IS ok for kids to get a little messy every once in a while (wink. wink), and they will treasure any moment they are allowed to!

So skip the expensive, overpriced (and honestly sometimes unpleasant) boxed chocolates and make up a batch of homemade chocolate truffles for your loved one this year!

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Chocolate Truffles
Printable Version
Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Wait Time: 3-4 hours Makes: 20-25 truffles

1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Desired coatings (sprinkles, chopped nuts, cocoa, powdered sugar, coconut, etc.)

In a small saucepan, heat cream to a simmer. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips and
vanilla. Let sit for 5 minutes and then stir chocolate mixture until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and chill until firm, approximately 3-4 hours.
Using a small spoon, scoop out heaping spoonfuls of the firm chocolate mixture. Working quickly, to keep from chocolate from melting, roll it between the palms of your hands to form balls.

Place desired coatings in separate bowls. Roll truffle in coating of your choice and refrigerate until ready to serve.

adapted from Cook, Learn, Grows

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