(Mass Appeal) – It’s National Chocolate Day! The history of chocolate goes back 2,500 years so it’s no surprise that we should carve out a day in the calendar to celebrate one of man’s best culinary creations. Joining me in celebrating this special day is Maureen Basile, Owner of Maureen’s Sweet Shoppe, with a special, chocolaty recipe.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz Dark Chocolate Bar (can use milk or white)
  • 1 cup Heavy / Thickened Cream
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 5 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Sprinkles
  • Nuts
  • Flavoring if desired
  • Finely chop the Dark Chocolate and place it in a large heat-proof bowl.
  • Place the Cream and Butter in a small saucepan and turn on medium low heat. Cook until the butter has melted and the liquid reaches a simmer Do not bring to a boil
  • Pour about half of the Cream/Butter mixture over the Chocolate. Let it sit for 2 to 3 minutes then using a spatula, gently stir in small circular movements to combine. You will still see chunks of unmelted chocolate – that’s normal.
  • Pour the rest of the hot cream over the chocolate then continue to stir until all the chocolate has melted and you get a smooth, shiny chocolate ganache
  • Pour the dark chocolate ganache in a small shallow pan, cover with plastic wrap touching its surface and place in the fridge to set for 1 to 2 hours
  • Place the Cocoa Powder, Coconut, Sprinkles, and any other toppings you chose in a small shallow dishes.
  • Using a small ice cream scoop or spoon, grab a small spoonful of the set ganache and roll it between yours hands to shape it into a ball.
  • Directly place each chocolate ball in the dish with the Cocoa Powder or other toppings and gently toss it around to cover it completely. Put the finished Chocolate Truffles in a clean dish or air-tight container and place in the fridge to set again for at least 30 minutes. Store int he fridge for up to a week.