Who is getting geared up for Valentine’s Day? We bakers tend to plan, and I’ve already started planning for the fun holiday. I know some of you aren’t into it, I get it… it’s a made up holiday. But listen, when you have children, perspective really changes, and it’s fun to see the house be covered in cut-out hearts. Their sweet little spirits lift as I put up some heart decorations and fun faux flowers in their rooms. It’s a reminder that while February may be cold and dreary, it can be filled with warmth and love.
Need a little heat in your home or better yet, your relationship with your loved one? These Dark Chocolate Chili Truffles will definitely give a little “kick!” I used a simple bar of Chili Chocolate from Lindt to help speed things along, but if you are the daring type, why not try to use regular dark chocolate and add the heat with spices freehanded?
Taste result? LOVE. It has a wonderful dark flavor and then packs a balanced heat at the finish. My husband said that they are his new favorite truffle, but he’s a pushover with all dark chocolate truffles. “Twist his arm,” as they say.
- 1 bar of Lindt Chili Dark Chocolate (Target sells them)
- 3.5 oz of heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla
- Cocoa powder for dusting
Chop chocolate to small bits and set in a glass bowl. Melt chocolate in microwave for around a minute to a minute and half. In a saucepan, heat up whipping cream until it almost boils. Remove from heat immediately and skim off top with a spoon to remove. Pour whipping cream (warmed up) into chocolate and stir until it’s completely blended into a beautiful chocolate. Add a little vanilla and stir. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for an hour or overnight is fine too. Scoop with a melon baller or TBSP measure and quickly roll. This is when your hands will quickly be covered in gooey chocolate if you don’t move fast.** Roll into cocoa powder and set aside. Don’t fool around with letting the chocolate in the bowl warm up. The batch is super soft and you should keep them chilled in the fridge until ready to eat.
**Tip: Keep paper towel handy to wipe hands dry between each truffle rolling