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Video:How to Make Truffle Ornaments

with Elizabeth LaBau

In this Christmas candy, rich chocolate truffles are decorated like Christmas tree ornaments. See how easy it is to make edible truffle ornaments at home.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Truffle Ornaments

Truffle Ornament Ingredients

To make truffle ornaments, you will need:
  • 8 oz chopped chocolate
  • 1 cup cream
  • 2 tbsp softened butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 lb candy coating in different colors
  • Assorted sprinkles
Start by placing the chopped chocolate and the softened butter together in a large bowl.

Prepare the Truffle Cream

Place the cream in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and heat it until it start to simmer and small bubbles appear along the sides of the pan.

Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate and let it sit for one minute, then gently begin whisking it together. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted and shiny and smooth. This is your ganache. Press cling wrap to the top of the ganache, and refrigerate it until it is firm enough to scoop, about 2 hours.

Form the Truffles

Once firm, place the cocoa powder in a small bowl and dust your palms with cocoa. Use a candy scoop or a spoon to scoop up small balls of ganache. Roll them between your palms until they're round, then place them on a baking tray covered with foil or waxed paper.

Create the Truffle Ornaments

After all the truffles are rolled, melt one color of the candy coating. Dip the bottom of a marshmallow in the coating, then press it on top of a truffle. This will help your truffles mimic the shape of Christmas ornaments. Repeat until all of the truffles have a marshmallow, then refrigerate the tray to firm up the truffles, for about 30 minutes.

Decorate the Candy Ornaments

When they're firm, melt all the colors of candy coating and start dipping your truffles. There's no right way to decorate these ornament truffles, but here are a few ideas to get you started. Dip a truffle completely in candy coating. While the coating is still wet, press candies or sprinkles on the truffles in a colorful pattern.

Another idea is to place some candy coating in a piping bag or a plastic bag with the tip cut off, then pipe decorations onto a dipped truffle. This could be a star, a name, or a Christmas message.

If you don't want to draw or write, you could pipe on a pattern like polka dots or stripes. You can leave them plain, or you can roll the decorated truffle in sprinkles while the design is still wet. The sprinkles will stick to the wet coating but slide off the dry, leaving a sparkling design behind.

Finally, you could dip just half of the truffle in one color. Once that layer of coating dries, dip the other half in a different color for a two-toned effect. You can leave the ornament at that, or when the coating dries, pipe some more coating over the seam between the two colors, then roll the truffle in sprinkles to add some texture and disguise any mistakes.

However you choose to decorate your truffle ornaments, I know you'll enjoy making them, and most importantly, eating them, this holiday season.
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