Chocolate Truffles - The History of Truffles and a Great Chocolate Truffle Recipe

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        <p>Upon entering a chocolate shop anywhere on the planet, our
eyes often immediately gaze at the glass case full of chocolate truffles.
Most seem to be dark chocolate, yet for for the milk chocolate and white
chocolate connoisseur, there seems to be something for every palette.</p>
<p>The price is usually steep for these balls of rich delight, and the
garnish and packaging is exquisite. As a gift, chocolate truffles are
sure to please even the fussiest eaters.</p>
<p>What is a chocolate truffle and where does it come from? I was first
introduced to the chocolate truffle in cooking school, where I attended
the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, New York.
"Patisserie" class quickly became my favorite. It is there that I learned
to create scrumptious cakes, desserts and the illustrious chocolate
truffles.</p>
<p>Over the course of my career my employment changed from year to year.
What never changed was the truffles I would prepare for holidays and give
as gifts. In 1991, I no longer wished to work in restaurants and was
uncertain about my next career move. My Mom said something perfect,
"Sandra, you know those chocolates you make every year for Christmas? Why
don't you move in with me and open a chocolate shop?" On July 4, 1991,
The Kent Coffee and Chocolate Company was born in Kent, Connecticut,
specializing in chocolate truffles!</p>
<p>According to legend, the first chocolate truffle was accidentally
created during the 1920's in the kitchen of the great French chef,
Auguste Escoffier. One of his apprentices accidentally poured hot cream
into a bowl of chocolate chunks instead of the bowl of sugar and eggs he
had been aiming for! As the mixture hardened (we now call it ganache), he
found he could work the the paste with his hands to for a ball. He rolled
the creation in cocoa powder and was struck by the resemblance to the
rare, edible mushroom that is considered a delicacy in many parts of the
world. Specially trained dogs and female pigs are the only ones that can
sniff out these truffles deep under the ground.</p>
<p>Certainly, you have sniffed out a chocolate truffle or two in your
time, or you would not be here reading this article! Below is a great,
simple chocolate truffle recipe. Feel free to play with flavorings and
ingredients.</p>
<p><strong>Easy Yet Decadent Chocolate Truffles</strong></p>
<p>3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips</p>
<p>1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk</p>
<p>1 tablespoon vanilla extract (or any liqueur like Orange, Amaretto or
Irish Cream)</p>
<p>DIRECTIONS:</p>
<p>In large saucepan, melt chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Transfer the mixture into a medium
bowl. Cover and chill 2 to 3 hours or until firm.</p>
<p>Shape mixture into 1 inch balls; roll in desired covering below: Cocoa
powder, chopped nuts, chocolate sprinkles, melted chocolate</p>
<p>Refrigerate in a tightly covered dish. Makes about 72, 1 inch
chocolate truffles.</p>
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