Love is in the air! It seems as soon as February hits everyone gets excited for Valentine’s Day.
When I was little, Valentine’s Day was easily one of my favourite holidays. There was something so sweet about opening up a meticulously decorated card box to find 30+ “love letters” from all your friends in the class (bonus points for those cards with little foil wrapped chocolate hearts attached!). Awww, young love!
As I got older the gifts started to evolve… flowers, jewelry, and dinner started to become the norm, but one thing never changed… the chocolate. If you ask me, chocolate = love!
While I looooove my locally produced chocolates (I’m looking at you Rheo Thompson Candies), there’s nothing more heartfelt than receiving a homemade gift on Valentine’s Day. So this year I decided to whip up a batch of luscious homemade chocolate truffles!
Oh-so rich and creamy (thanks to Ontario dairy), these truffles are by-far the way to your loved one’s heart! While this recipe calls for cocoa powder for rolling, you could very easily give these truffles a dip in white chocolate and sprinkle with edible dried roses, or simply top with a cinnamon heart!
Homemade Chocolate TrufflesPrint Recipe
- 1 cup Ontario whipping cream
- 16 oz semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
- 5 tbsp Ontario butter, at room temperature, cut into small cubes
- ¼ cup cocoa powder, for rolling
In a small sauce pan over low heat, whisk the cream just to the point of a slow boil. Be sure not to scorch it! Remove from heat and gently stir in chopped chocolate. Slowly whisk until chocolate starts to melt; continue to whisk until smooth. Blend in the butter and whisk vigorously until chocolate becomes shiny.
Pour the mixture into a heat-proof dish (I used a ceramic pie plate) and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to cool completely in the fridge for 2+ hours, or until the chocolate is firm enough to scoop.
Add cocoa powder to a small bowl. Using a melon baller or spoon, scoop enough firmed chocolate to form a 1-inch ball. Roll chocolate quickly between your palms to form a ball and warm the chocolate slightly. Place each ball into cocoa and roll until coated. Place truffles in an airtight container or fancy gift box for your loved one!
• Be sure to finely chop the chocolate, it will help it melt faster! • Store truffles at room temperature for up to 1 week (if they last that long!) • Skip rolling the truffles in cocoa and dip them in more melted chocolate!