Sweets for Your Sweetheart

Thursday, February 11, 2010

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It’s always so nice to give (and get) a lovely heart-shaped box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day.  But, think how much more special such a gift would be if the chocolates were homemade with lots of extra love thrown in!  Don’t think you could do it?  Think again.  Homemade chocolate truffles are one of the easiest sweet treats you can make.  All you need are a few good quality ingredients, a little patience and a lot of paper towels.  Trust me. There is nothing so luxurious, so sensual, so gloriously and sinfully decadent as a silky, smooth and rich, dark, homemade chocolate truffle.

Here are a few of my favorite chocolate truffle recipes from the SGCC archives.  I’ve tweaked them so that each one uses the same master recipe, with different flavor combinations. Just one recipe!  I couldn’t have possibly made it any simpler for you, unless I came over to your house and made the truffles myself!  You can add any kind of flavorings you like, including extracts, liqueurs and spices to make the truffles your own.  A single batch of ganache makes about 2 dozen 1-inch truffles.

Think of how impressed your sweetheart will be when presented with such a thoughtful token of your undying love and affection.  Maybe impressed enough to go to Jared!  I’m just sayin’… 

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25 responses to Sweets for Your Sweetheart

  1. On February 11, 2010 at 12:46am, Dani H said...

    Perfect for Valentine’s Day and a nice assortment of flavors!!! Can’t wait to try them.

  2. On February 11, 2010 at 1:25am, Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} said...

    Your are full of wonderful goodies :) they all look and sound delicious.

  3. On February 11, 2010 at 1:51am, Ruth Ann said...

    I am in love… with your truffles post!
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  4. On February 11, 2010 at 5:06am, abby said...

    wow. what a LOVABLE post! Hmmm…I might try one recipe tom. So if I fail, I still got one day before V-day. (Asia time)

  5. On February 11, 2010 at 5:50am, Rosa said...

    They look fantastic! I’m particularly attracted to the ones with coffee…

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  6. On February 11, 2010 at 6:11am, nina said...

    Gosh Susan, I am cooking up a storm for a function on Valentines…..haven’t even thought of hubs and the children…..Can I place an order…….but I want it delivered in the same beautiful “wrapping” Thx…..Beautiful work!!!

  7. On February 11, 2010 at 7:40am, Donna said...

    WOW they look so good… Thanks!
    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

  8. On February 11, 2010 at 8:20am, bellini valli said...

    They all sound delicious Susan. I have only ever made them once and with ice wine, but I am willing to try again so they can’t be too hard:D

  9. On February 11, 2010 at 9:49am, Angela Faustina said...

    Just looking at your blog makes my mouth water! I can’t wait to try these recipes and read your next article in Edible Sarasota!

  10. On February 11, 2010 at 9:50am, Debbie said...

    Great Valentines Day treats! They all look wonderful!

  11. On February 11, 2010 at 10:28am, Tangled Noodle said...

    This post is like a divine Valentine on it’s own, a virtual box of chocolate love! The chocolate chili truffles will be the first I’ll try out . . . !

  12. On February 11, 2010 at 10:41am, Jennifer said...

    I would have difficulty eating just ONE! These look amazing!

  13. On February 11, 2010 at 11:12am, 5 Star Foodie said...

    These chocolate truffles are amazing! I especially love the ones with the addition of chili!

  14. On February 11, 2010 at 11:28am, Jennifer said...

    LOVE the photos!!! Everything looks sooo super yummy!

  15. On February 11, 2010 at 1:32pm, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    Nice assortment. You had one that was traditional and two that you’re not going to get any place else (well, you’re not likely to get them). Beautiful.

  16. On February 11, 2010 at 8:58pm, Bethany said...

    Oh! I have been thinking about ways to create more Mexican-chocolate-esque treats, so I’m loving Smoky-Spicy Chocolate Chili Truffles. Also, thanks for the “It will be messy” line in all the directions — sometimes it’s nice to know it’s not just me up to my elbows in chocolate, and that the recipe will work out :-)

  17. On February 12, 2010 at 12:48am, Farmer Jen said...

    I was just wondering how to make spicy chile truffles, and then I read your post! Thank you so much for these recipes. I will definitely make these truffles.

  18. On February 12, 2010 at 11:12am, noble pig said...

    I absolutely love the chili truffles, must make them, thanx! Happy Valentine’s sweet lady!

  19. On February 13, 2010 at 1:18pm, Lucy said...

    Your cupcakes have got me hungry – they are all so beautiful! I love the rose kissed ones, stunning X

  20. On February 13, 2010 at 1:21pm, Lucy said...

    I meant truffles! I am SO sorry! These truffles are amazing. Too many blogs have my mind truly boggled!

  21. On February 13, 2010 at 9:40pm, Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

    Love the chili truffles — all sweet should have a bit of heat!

  22. On February 14, 2010 at 4:31pm, Simone (junglefrog) said...

    Thanks for all those gorgeous little truffle recipes! Can’t wait to try some of those flavors!

  23. On February 14, 2010 at 8:55pm, ingrid said...

    Ha-ha! I would have to write out Jared’s on my honey’s truffles and then tell him that meant I wanted jewelry not subways! :) Sometimes I wished I didn’t have a thing for blue eyes which in this case comes with blonde hair. :)

    Happy Valentine’s Day!
    ~ingrid

  24. On February 15, 2010 at 2:20pm, Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen said...

    These truffles all sound amazing Susan! It would be hard to choose! Happy Valentine’s day to you and Mr. SGCC!

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