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Share a Spoon - Hershey's Chocolate Truffles

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Think Tank Momma



Share a Spoon

CHOCOLATE EDITION

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY SMACKERS!

I love chocolate.  I mean I really really luuuuuurrrrrve it!  When I was little I wasn't the biggest fan.  I'd have rather had any other candy or cheese.  Don'e get me wrong, I liked it.  However, it wasn't a must have.  As an adult and after having children, my tastes have changed and chocolate is a love affair that rivals some of the greatest love affairs of all time.

I'm not just a fan of the milk chocolate variety either.  I like semi-sweet, dark chocolate, white chocolate (even though technically that's not really chocolate).  There's something almost healing and therapeutic about chocolate.  The world can be turned upside down.  The sky can be falling.  You have the worst day ever and if someone hands you a piece of chocolate?  For that moment...your taste buds smile and your heart skips a little beat, and all is right with the world.  Even if just for a moment.

We've been down with the creepy crud this week so I haven't had the chance to do a step by step photo shoot with my truffles, but seriously, you can't mess these up.  They are really really THAT easy.

Image provided via Google Images.


Easy Truffles

2 bags Hershey's Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
2 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 shot brewed espresso
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

In a medium sauce pan over medium low heat warm the two cup of heavy cream.  Bring to a simmer.  Do not boil.

Whisk in chocolate chips one bag at a time until smooth.  Add butter and combine until chocolate is shiny and smooth.

Remove from heat.  Add espresso and vanilla.  Stir until combined.

Allow to cool and refrigerate for at least six hours.  I do this overnight.

Use a small ice cream scoop, or teaspoon to make small balls.  Roll into small balls and transfer to a sheet pan lined with wax paper.
(Note:  This is a little bit of a messy job, but so fun and so worth it!  Just wash up when you're done.)

Once all your truffles are done, roll them in the crushed walnuts or pecans.  You can really use any nut that is your favorite.

Return the truffles to the refrigerator.

If you want to get fancy and you like the hard coating and soft truffle center you can dip these in milk chocolate.  In that case, use Hershey's Milk chocolate chips.  Warm them in the microwave in a heat safe bowl 30 seconds at a time.  Stir after each 30 seconds until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.

Dip your cold truffles in the chocolate and return to the wax paper. 

Now...this is the important part.  USE HERSHEY'S chips!  I have made these truffles with other chocolate.  Expensive chocolate.  Other chocolate chips.  I've tried everything.  Hershey's is the best for this recipe.  When I use something different the response isn't the same. 

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY SMACKERS!

LOVE!

It's your turn.  Share your favorite chocolate inspired dishes of love and let me know what you'd like to see in upcoming editions of #ShareaSpoon!








8 comments:

Mo 'Betta said...

YES Please!!

Joanna said...

Oh I just love truffles, especially with a hint of booze in them :) Thanks for hosting!

Shell said...

I have no chocolate in my house right now. This is cruel.

Foodies Unite said...

CHOCOLATE should be in every course so I left the mole sauce link :) - Happy Share a Spoon Thursday!

The Blue Zoo said...

I made my Hubs truffles one year. A lot of them! He liked them, but not as much as he should have!! It took forever to roll them all out too!

Anyways - your truffles sound delish! =)

Daffy said...

*swoon*


That is all

Tiffanee said...

Yum. I am still drooling. Hope you get feeling better soon.

Babes Mami said...

I didn't become a chocoholic until I was pregnant, ever since then it's gotta be around somewhere!