Last winter, as part of a holiday appreciation gift to our practice members, we purchased a large volume of locally-made, fair-trade, organic chocolates. The chocolate was a big hit with our clients and it got me thinking… can I make the chocolate for this year’s gift?
I look back on this idea now and find it humourous that I thought “Oh, I’ll just make delicious, smooth and creamy chocolate from scratch. How hard can it be?”
Through a lot of trial and error, I learned that making chocolate is pretty hard. To do it well you also need a chocolate melanger to properly grind the chocolate ingredients which gives it that smooth, creamy feeling in your mouth. Not to mention, there is a precise science to get the chocolate to temper (harden) properly. No wonder people go to school for years to become Chocolatiers!
Sharing the pain of my initial failures, a friend of mine gave me the idea to try making truffles instead. Low and behold, without too much trial and error I managed to make these incredible chocolate treats! It does take some time to make these goodies, especially if you do the tempered chocolate coating, however the result is both nutritious and delicious. It’s also really nice and feels really good to know exactly what the ingredients are and where they’re coming from.
For Rob and I, this is guilt-free chocolate and we will continue to enjoy these throughout the year! Be sure to check out the recipe notes for info on how to save time and gain some insight into the somewhat finicky process of making these amazing truffles.