There’s no denying it. Chocolate truffles are amazing. But, they can also be amazingly expensive. Boutique, handcrafted truffles (the really delicious and decadent ones) can cost as much as $3 per candy. The good news is that it’s easy to make your own. You only need a handful of ingredients to produce creamy chocolate bonbons in just 3 simple steps.
Step 1: Make Ganache
Put ¾ cup of heavy cream and a pinch of salt (plus two tablespoons of dark brown sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla extract if you have them) into a small sauce pan and heat it just until it comes to a boil. As soon as the cream boils, turn the heat off, add a 12-ounce bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips, and let the pan sit for 5 minutes.
Then, stir with a whisk until smooth.
Step 2: Cool the Ganache
Pour the warm ganache into a dish.
Press plastic wrap directly onto its surface, and allow the ganache to cool. Once it reaches room temperature, move it to the refrigerator until firm.
Step 3: Roll the Truffles
When the ganache is firm, scoop out a small amount, roll it into a ball, and then roll the ball of ganache into cocoa powder, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, or sprinkles.
Store the finished truffles in the refrigerator.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.