Rich and delicate, handmade chocolate truffles make an exquisite Christmas gift that will be treasured by all who are lucky enough to be on your list. If you have never made truffles before, give it a try -- you'll be surprised by how easy it is. Have fun and be creative in choosing the flavorings and coatings for your own personalized chocolate truffles.
Bittersweet chocolate and cream make the basic ganache at the center of these truffles that can be rolled in a variety of coatings. Try crushed peppermint candies, toasted coconut, confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder, red and green candy sprinkles, or finely chopped pecans, almonds, pistachios, or other nuts.
This basic truffle recipe contains only bittersweet chocolate, heavy cream, and cocoa powder. To create variations, infuse the cream with sweet spices such as cardamom or cinnamon; add peppermint or orange oil to the ganache; or form the ganache into squares and coat in tempered chocolate, as shown here.
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