It's National Chocolate Month and we're all excited!
Feeling great after chowing on chocolates is not something psychological. Over the years, experts have been explaining the science behind chocolates and happiness - chocolates, especially the dark kind, increases serotonin levels in the brain, raising a person's overall mood.
Here are delicious and super easy truffle recipes that will surely bring joy into the life of any chocoholic! Pick one, whip up a batch this week, and let your family enjoy the gift of cocoa nirvana.
Delicious Easy Truffle Recipe (Home Made Gifts Made Easy)
This recipe from Home Made Gifts Made Easy is a great one to make if you're a family who loves different kinds of chocolates. Nuts, honeycombs, coconut flakes, or just plain cocoa powder - you can use anything and everything and come up with a beautiful assortment of chocolates!
"Homemade chocolate truffles can taste just as smooth, dark, creamy and delicious as the gourmet, luxury, chocolate gifts you buy in the store. At least, that’s what I’ve found, and I hope you’ll agree with me once you’ve tried this recipe :-)"
- 300 ml Double Cream (a.k.a. “heavy cream”)
- 300 g quality chocolate
- Extra chocolate for coating (I used 100g each of white, milk and dark chocolate)
- Various outer coatings. We used ground almonds, crushed up chocolate bars such as Flake and Crunchie (which is a honeycomb bar coated in dark chocolate), and cocoa powder.
Mexican Chocolate Truffles (Crazy for Crust)
These Mexican chocolate truffles takes heat to the next level - perfect for a Valentines treat with your special someone! If you love Mexican hot cocoa, you'll surely adore these truffles. Laced with cinnamon and cayenne pepper, this subtly spicy treats do not disappoint!
"The cayenne is not spicy, but it adds a little heat. It’s not like eating chili; this is still a chocolate truffle, with just a little kick. Don’t be afraid of the spice. It’s really so, so good!"
- 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (I used a baking bar)
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Chocolate melts for dipping, or powdered sugar, cocoa and/or sprinkles for rolling
Dark Chocolate Peppermint Truffles (Sally's Baking Addiction)
This is a great truffle recipe for kids who love peppermint, even after the Holiday season. Sally's Baking Addiction insists on using the finest ingredients to make this truffle the best that it can be!
- 14 ounces (397g) semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 3/4 cup (180ml) heavy cream, heavy whipping cream, or double cream (not milk or half-and-half)
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
- 2 Tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 3/4 cup (65g) natural unsweetened or Dutch-process cocoa powder
Chocolate making can be a lot easier and more enjoyable by using good quality silicone baking mats. Not only are silicone mats sturdy and durable. Because they're non-stick, you can also cut your clean-up time in half.