They’re easy to make for an edible gift or an impressive party dessert.
Not only are they easy to make, chocolate truffles just might be one of the most versatile confections for flavor customization. Here are a dozen different coatings you can use to add unique flavor to every chocolaty bite.
Above are 12 coating ideas, left to right starting top left:
1. Matcha (green tea powder): Coating chocolate truffles in matcha gives a rich herbal green tea flavor. And the vivid green color gives these truffles a stunning look.
2. Pecans: Finely chopped pecans will add a buttery, nutty crunch to every little bite. This simple coating is one of my personal favorites.
3. Peppermint: In my house, peppermint is to chocolate what jelly is to peanut butter. Rolling a chocolate truffle in crushed peppermint candies is a great way to have that chocolate-minty combination we’ve all grown to love!
4. Pixy Sticks: Let your inner child loose and coat your truffles in pixy powder! I used blue pixy sticks and the result was excitingly colorful, rich, and tangy.
5. Ginger: There is nothing quite like the sharp spice of ginger. I finely chopped crystallized ginger then pressed it into to the truffles. The small pieces adhered to the truffles quite nicely. Crushing up hard candied ginger would work well too.
6. Raspberry: Pulverizing freeze-dried raspberries into a powder provides a perfect coating for chocolate truffles. The flavor is divine and the rich red color really makes these treats stand out.
7. Sprinkles: Nothing screams fun more than sprinkles! The mixture of color and texture adds a lot of character and crunch to these chocolate treats.
8. Espresso: Perfect for the coffee lover, rolling truffles in espresso adds a bold flavor.
9. Coconut: Finely chopped toasted coconut adds a tropical sweetness to chocolate truffles.
10. Cocoa and Chili Powder: Many truffles are simply rolled in cocoa powder, I added a few pinches of chili powder to the cocoa, which give this coating a touch of spice.
11. White Chocolate: Perfect for the chocolate lover, the contrast of white chocolate shavings makes these truffles really standout.
12. Cinnamon Sugar & Cayenne Pepper: The heat is on with this truffle coating. Adding a few pinches of cayenne pepper to cinnamon sugar will make these truffles taste like Mexican hot chocolate.
Chocolate truffles are made from a simple ganache, a combination of milk and cream. Martha’s Bittersweet Truffles is a perfect base recipe to make and then try all of these coatings!
Once you’ve rolled the chocolate truffles into balls, simply drop the balls into your desired coatings, gently pressing to cover completely. Return the refrigerator and chill for about 30 minutes or until truffles are firm again.
The truffles are the best served at room temperature, so take them out of the refrigerator.
Give this recipe and coatings a try. I promise everyone who tastes them will be very, very pleased.
This article was first published on the MarthaStewart.com Network on January 6, 2017.
Photos: Steven Karl Metzer