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Black and Orange Take-Away Truffles

Give your guests a sweet send-off. Nestle homemade truffles decorated with sprinkles in little wooden boxes. Ours are lined with glassine -- trimmed with scallop scissors -- then wrapped in narrow ribbon and sealed with pumpkin stickers. Forming truffles is easiest with a 1-inch ice cream scoop; two teaspoons will also work.

  • yield: Makes about 4 dozen
Photography: Kate Sears

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 1 pound semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup orange and black sprinkles, for decorating
  • 1/2 cup orange and black sanding sugar, for decorating

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Bring cream, butter, and corn syrup to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat. Add chocolate, and gently swirl pan to cover chocolate with cream.

  2. Step 2

    Slowly whisk until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl. Cover, and refrigerate. Stir mixture every 15 minutes. After 45 minutes, mixture will thicken quickly, so stir every 3 to 5 minutes until set but still pliable, 10 to 20 minutes more (total chilling time is 55 to 65 minutes.)

  3. Step 3

    Refrigerate until firm but not hard, about 10 minutes. Remove from refrigerator, and roll balls in palms to smooth. Refrigerate, in an airtight container, layered between pieces of parchment or waxed paper, until ready to decorate.

  4. Step 4

    Remove balls from refrigerator. Place sprinkles and sanding sugar in separate small bowls. Dip balls into sprinkles or sanding sugar to coat, pressing sprinkles to adhere. Truffles can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, October 2007

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Reviews (1)

  • 19 Oct, 2008

    These were easy and fun. Some things I discovered along the way: 1) Use a small ice cream scoop to make creating the balls easier. 2) Sprinkles with shapes like pumpkins or bats don't coat as well as just plain sprinkles. 3) Place an inch of sprinkles in a high-sided small cup (like a coffee cup or juice glass), drop a truffle in, shake the cup to coat the truffle, and then roll the truffle around in the cup to press the sprinkles into the surface. Next time I will add a little liqueur.