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Boozy Truffles Part 1
Over the past month or so I have taken a hiatus from baking. I didn’t really want to, but I had to put my health first. But I still had the itch to be in the kitchen, and cooking a very healthy dinner every night just didn’t satisfy that desire.
So after watching a delightful British sweets show, I got a yearning to make some boozy chocolate truffles with lots of flavor. No oven required, and very little added sugar. It had all the promise of kitchen creativity and flavor combinations without committing myself to a whole bake.
St. Augustine Distillery
There are a lot of gin and tonic fans out there… but I am not one of them. There’s not enough sweetness for me to enjoy that cocktail. But I have enjoyed gin cocktails for several years and recently found a gin like no other. It’s not dry or overly powerful, just full of flavor.
After a trip to the St. Augustine Distillery back in February I fell in love with their gin. It’s handmade in small batches and tastes like nothing else I’ve ever had before. And I figured it was the perfect liquor to start with in my truffles.
Gin & Tonic
Although I’m not a gin & tonic fan like I said earlier, the flavor combination sounded promising. It involved lime, and I have come to love the flavor of lime in just about everything! Admittedly there is no tonic water in these truffles, but the lime juice seems to replicate that feel. There’s not a lot of gin either. Just enough to give plenty of flavor.
Preparing these gin & tonic dark chocolate truffles takes about 10 to 15 minutes and then the chocolate has to chill for several hours. So in terms of time, these are some of the easiest dessert morsels you can ever hope to make.
Choose Your Chocolate Wisely
When making chocolate truffles, you definitely want to use a good quality chocolate. I recommend something along the lines of a bar of Ghiradelli or Lindt chocolate. And for these I would go for nothing darker than a 72% dark chocolate. Otherwise the ingredients don’t mix well together and the chocolate is very bitter.
When I made these gin & tonic dark chocolate truffles, I used a bar of 86% Ghiradelli dark chocolate. It’s very dark and a little bitter. I had to add a Tbsp of honey, for a little hint of sweetness with the sharpness of the gin and lime. They taste delightful but they are definitely for dark chocolate lovers! If you don’t like it that dark, go 72% or lower.
If you really enjoy dark chocolate, you can even use a 98% bar of chocolate. But you’ll need to add another Tablespoon of heavy cream to compensate for the lack of cocoa butter. And probably add some honey here as well!
If you don’t like dark chocolate, don’t worry! You can use a bar of good quality milk chocolate, too. Just omit the honey and use only two Tablespoons of heavy cream. They will still taste yummy and a little sweeter than the dark chocolate variety.
After you’ve added all the additional ingredients, if the mixture is separating, don’t panic. It may look like there’s a layer of liquid on top of the chocolate. Whisk the mixture together for at least a minute. That should fix the problem. However, if it doesn’t, allow the chocolate to cool for about an hour. Then, using a fork, mix the chocolate all together. The ingredients should incorporate fully. Then just allow the chocolate to finish setting.
Don’t forget to check out Part 2 of this truffle series, Dark Chocolate Coffee Bomb Truffles!
Gin & Tonic Dark Chocolate Truffles
- 1 bar dark chocolate (113 grams)
- 3 Tbsp heavy cream
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 Tbsp gin
- ½ medium lime, juiced
- 1 medium lime, zested
- ¼ cup cocoa powder to roll truffles in
- Bring about an inch of water to a low boil in a medium saucepan.
- Place a glass or heat resistant bowl on top of the saucepan. Make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl.
- Break the bar of chocolate into pieces, and mix the chocolate with the cream over the heat. Continue stirring until the chocolate is fully melted and the cream is fully incorporated.
- Take the bowl from the heat and place on a trivet or kitchen towel.
- Cut butter into ½ inch pieces and stir into the chocolate until fully melted. The chocolate should look glossy and lush.
- Add in lime zest, lime juice, and gin. Whisk mixture together until fully combined.
- Set the bowl in the refrigerator, uncovered, for 3-4 hours until set.
- Chocolate will not be completely solid, but should be ready to be rolled in cocoa powder.
- Using a small cookie scoop or teaspoon, scoop out a small ball of chocolate and roll it gently in the cocoa powder. Be careful to touch it minimally.
- Keep truffles in an airtight container for about 3-4 days. Leave truffles in the fridge until ready to serve.
- These can be made without alcohol. Just omit the gin. The chocolate will be a bit more solid to make the truffles with.
- You can use an alternate liquor if you wish, whatever you enjoy or have on hand.
- If the chocolate is too loose after chilling, you can either add a little bit more melted chocolate to thicken it or you can put it in the freezer to set a little harder.