Chocolate is my weakness – the thing I cannot go without. On any giving day there is a bag of Chocolate chips in the freezer, a container of Fondu in the refrigerator to
eat by the spoon full go on Ice Cream.
If i am lucky there are some of Elora’s Mexican Hot Chocolate Chip Cookies in a bowl on the counter, so I am not sure why it has taken me so long to put a chocolate recipe up. Either way because of the holiday season it is a good time for these Dark Chocolate Truffles. They are fairly easy to make, and if you have kids, friends or loved ones to help it will be a fun time for all. Homemade Chocolate treats are great for parties and family gifts.
My plea is that you use “Good” quality chocolate and Fair Trade/Slave Free chocolate. With all the joy that this dark elixir brings to eaters, the amount of pain it brings to most of those who are involved in the production would blow your mind. Most of the world’s chocolate producers acquire their cocoa from west African plantations relying on forced labor or slaves to work the fields. They then ship the nibs off to buyers like Nestle, Mars, Hershey and Cadbury who use the cheaply produced products to pass the savings on to you. What price are you willing to pay for your Chocolate Joy?
The good news is there are Chocolate makers out there like Lindt (which owns Ghirardelli), Black & Green and Calibu that are not only Fair Trade/Slave Free but also a higher quality of Chocolate than you will get from the slightly cheaper brands. Try using some of these brand for the benefit of others and secondly for the quality of your food.
Dark Chocolate Truffles
Alterations By: Russell Ramirez
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 2 hours
Ethnicity: Chocolate Land
● 2 oz. Cream
● 1/4 tsp vanilla paste
● 4 oz. Bittersweet chocolate chips
● 1 oz. butter
● as needed Cocoa powder
1) In a Bain Marie melt chocolate
2) in a sauce pan heat cream, vanilla paste to a simmer – combine with chocolate
3) Mount (mix in cubes while stirring) with butter
4) Cool to room temperature or until fudgey, Fill piping bag, and pipe out gum ball size on a wax paper. With gloves on roll each in to a round ball.
5) Dip each ball into tempered chocolate and roll in Cocoa powder.
*For a twist, try adding some ancho powder to the cocoa powder, smoked chilies and dark chocolate are a favorite combination of mine