Transylvanian Truffles

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At just a quarter a pop, these decadent and rich chocolate truffles will be the hit of your Halloween gathering. Decorate with mini Halloween candies or roll in toasted nuts, cocoa powder, or powdered sugar.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, for coating truffles, optional
  • 3 dozen miniature Halloween sugar decorations or toasted hazelnuts, optional

Preparation

  1. Place chocolate in a large heatproof bowl. In a small, heavy saucepan, bring cream to a boil and pour over chocolate, whisking until melted and smooth. Cool slightly. Whisk in chocolate-hazelnut spread until combined. Let cool completely, then refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours or overnight.
  2. Using a teaspoon, scoop out a 1- to 1 1/2 -inch nugget. Use your hands to quickly roll it into a ball; transfer to a rimmed baking sheet. Continue with remaining mixture. (If balls become too soft, refrigerate for a few minutes.) If using, roll truffles in cocoa to coat. Gently press a sugar decoration or toasted hazelnut into top of each truffle, if desired. Cover and refrigerate until firm. (Refrigerate unadorned truffles in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Bring to room temperature before decorating with candy or nuts. Refrigerate truffles again before serving.)

January 2006

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 87
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Carbohydrate: 8g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 7mg
  • Sodium: 4mg