Fun fact… In college, I worked at a chocolate factory for a number of months. It was one of those jobs that I will never forget. It was my responsibility to make truffles, chocolate covered fruits, pretzels and marshmallows, as well as a variety of other gourmet chocolates. I spent most of my days, with my hands covered in chocolate for my entire shift and was instructed by my boss on my first day, that I am not allowed to wash my hands without first licking off the chocolate. There was no waste that way. I didn’t mind. It was the good chocolate, imported from Europe. So I got paid, had so much fun and got to consume all the chocolate I wanted. Although I wound up moving and had to leave my job behind, I still remember every single thing that they taught me. And I’m excited to share my first chocolate truffle recipe, peppermint chocolate truffles!
What is a Truffle Anyway?
I’m not talking about the fungus… I’m talking about the decadent, chocolate truffle that you can buy in specialty chocolate shops for upwards of $40-$50 per pound. So many people have no idea what makes a truffle a truffle. A truffle is a ganache center, covered in chocolate. They have a soft, sometimes chewy center and come in many different flavors. Today, let’s focus on the peppermint chocolate truffle.
Easy Peppermint Chocolate TrufflesPrint
These truffles are somewhere between a peppermint patty and a thin mint. They taste gourmet, but are much less expensive. You won't believe how easy they are to make.
Chocolate Peppermint Ganache Filling
- 8 oz semi sweet chocolate bar (chopped coarsely)
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- ½ tsp peppermint extract
- 12 oz dark chocolate bar (chopped coarsely)
- 4 oz green chocolate (melted)
Chocolate Peppermint Ganache Filling
- Place the heavy whipping cream into a microwavable container and heat for one minute.
- Mix in the peppermint extract.
- Place the chopped semi-sweet chocolate in a separate bowl and pour the warm cream mixture over it. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
- Stir slowly. If the chocolate doesn't seem to melt, you can put it back into the microwave in 15 second intervals, stirring each time.
- Once it's smooth and the chocolate is completely melted, cover with plastic wrap and place into the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
It's Truffle Making Time!
- Add the chopped dark chocolate into a microwavable bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring each time until completely melted. You can also use a hair dryer (pro tip). Set aside.
- Remove the ganache filling from the refrigerator which should now be firm.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Using a small scoop or spoon, seperate the ganache into equal pieces, rolling each one into a small ball. Place them all on the lined baking sheet and place into the freezer for 5 minutes. This will harden the ganache just a tad so that it doesn't melt in your hands while you work with it.
- Remove the ganache balls from the freezer. Place one ball on top of your two fingers (middle and pointer) and dip directly into the melted chocolate. You can also use a spoon if that's easier for you or if you aren't a fan of licking your fingers before you wash them.
- Place the chocolate covered ball onto the parchment lined baking sheet. If you lift your fingers gently and in a counter clockwise motion, it will leave you a cute little pattern at the top of your truffles.
- Repeat until all ganache is used. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for a bit to set.
- If you want to add some extra flair, melt some green chocolate, stir and drizzle over your truffles.
- Category: Dessert, Snack
Our family loves the chocolate and mint combo. Remember our mint chocolate chip cookie recipe? We make those every single year! Yum! Our neighbor is also a huge mint and chocolate fan, so we try to incorporate those flavors into recipes that we can share with her. These peppermint chocolate truffles were definitely a hit!
I also love that these can be made for St. Patricks Day! If you buy the mini cupcake liners and place each truffle into one of those liners, and place in a cute little tin or box, they will make a great gift for neighbors, co-workers, family or friends! Best part is that you can make them for much less than you would spend at a gourmet chocolate shop (and they taste just as good).
So which chocolate truffle flavor do you want to see next? Let us know in the comments below.
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