Francy’s Famous Truffles

November 25th, 2010 3 Comments
I have been making these terrific truffles to give away for Christmas since I was in school in the 80′s. It was something I first did with my Mom way back then. I have continued this tradition each year ever since. Just thought you’d be interested in case you like the idea…..This is something I get joy out of doing for many reasons while giving joy to others.

I don’t make a mantage of cookies and holiday treats. I make a mother load of these and give them away to family, friends, colleagues and confidants. My peeps look forward to these tasty morsels and I feel great spreadin’ the lovin’ around as part of the season!!

Ingredients

600gm brown, dark or white chocolate wafers plus another pound to dip truffles into if you choose

1 can (300mL) sweetened condensed milk

2-3 tablespoons suitable liqueur (Baileys or Kalua for brown, Cointrou or Gran Marnier for white) and a little shot for you, ho ho ho!!

edible decorations (whole pecans/almonds/hazel nuts, sugar Christmas decorations, chocolate shavings, cocoa)

packaging material (cellophane bags, boxes, ribbons)

Instructions

Clean and dry all of your counter surfaces and tie back your hair (not in that order). Melt the chocolate wafers either using a double boiler OR at the extra low setting in the microwave. Avoid burning or getting moisture in the mix by mixing intermittently.

While melting the chocolate open the can of condensed milk and have the liqueur of your choice ready to pour. Stir the chocolate intermittently until smooth and fully melted. Once melted remove from heat and add the condensed milk using a spatula and the liqueur. Stir thoroughly until fully combined. Now cover the bowl and allow to set for 1-2 hours in the refrigerator. You can prep this the evening before you plan on completing these.

Ready to Roll….Literally!

Take the mixture out of the fridge 1 hour before you plan to roll them. Ensure you have a clean, dry surface area and cover it with waxed paper and tie back your hair. Using a teaspoon and in a comfortable sitting position spoon out a teaspoon of mixture at a time and role with your clean hands and place on the waxed paper. Repeat until you rolled the entire mixture. This recipe yields 100-120 truffles. I make 5 times this recipe, shown in the photos. How crazy is that??!! Very…..

When you’re done clean your hands and utensils. Do your best to make these a small uniform size. The first few years I made these, the longer I rolled them the larger they got….kind of doubled as a meatball size. Nay nay!!

Dippity Due Da Day

Ok now you’re ready to dip these puppies. This step is optional. However if you do this, they keep well for weeks. I usually dip truffles in the same colour chocolate for sensory reasons. You don’t want to confuse the eater!! Melt the chocolate on low and prepare the candy cups. Cover your clean counter with waxed paper. Dip each truffle and using a spoon put each truffle in a candy cup. Try not to drip chocolate on the candy cups. Fat chance there, but at least give it a try!!

Decorate & Look Great…..Mate!!

Decorate the truffles. I usually drizzle melted green and red melted chocolate done in stages. You can decorate some with nuts and others with sugar decorations. This year I found white and dark chocolate shavings that look lovely and taste delectable….so I’ve heard. It all depends on your preference. Allow the decorated truffles to dry thoroughly for an hour or so before boxing them up.

Package ‘em Up Folks & They’re Ready to Give

Now you’re ready to package up your creations. Wash your hands well and dry thoroughly. This is an individual step to make these any way you wish. There’s really nothing like giving something you’ve made as a little part of you, for the holidays that look so professional too.

Commentary

Let me tell you, I only make these once a year because it takes me that long to forget how sore I felt the year before when I finished – ug. Note to self, avoid doing your weights and stretching exercise routine before making these, because all of these steps take longer to finish than doing the Iron Man. Trust me. Come to think of it, once I was done I headed out for a walk just to clear my head and I realized every muscle in my body ached. Every last one. Even the palms of my hands and the balls of my feet ached. Also, between doing this for hours with the Spa radio channel playing paired with the cocoa intoxication aroma I thought I was going to have a seizure. Lordy!!

One thing though, all of that rolling is good for your pec muscle development. You might even need a larger cup size, if you catch my drift. And I’m not talking about candy cups here ladies….lift and separate…..get rolling!! A gift to yourself :-) Hello Victoria Secret!!

I’ll level with you though. Any Betty Baker knows this recipe is really glorified fudge with a splash of booze. Ok I plead the 5th. You can do this easy and put ‘em in a pan and cut into squares – presto you’re done sans back ache in 10 minutes. But it’s Christmas time, so go “ALL-THE-WAY” like Chris Berman says when he broadcasts football. You’ll be earning the hero sandwich on this one, that’s for sure!!

I enjoy sharing these with my Mom and Mother Dearest to give away as well. I’m already in the good books with both of them and it’s still November!! Isn’t that what the Christmas season is all about anyway? Sharing. Ho ho ho. You may want to make 1 batch for starters and take it from there. It doesn’t need to morph into the Truffle Triathlon, if you don’t want it to be.

There is no doubt you’ll be ready for a bubble bath or better yet a back massage when you’re done :-) It’s definitely worth the effort though….
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3 Responses to “Francy’s Famous Truffles”

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  2. Rose Pinto says:

    Hi Francy;
    Thank you for sharing this recipe; my daughter and I had a lovely time making them; and now I just need to find a great hiding place so I can save some for company that is stopping by. We were a tad disappointed that our decorated end products didn’t look as great as yours, but w e chalked it up to lack of experience. Wanted to share a trick I used after trying to decorate the 10th or so; I put nuts; and sprinkles into a little zip lock bag; and then just dropped the rolled up truffle to it for decorating; and when done just poured it out of bag.
    Thanks for sharing;

  3. admin says:

    You did a super job Rose. These are so versatile you can decorate them in so many different ways. They’re a lovely tradition that friends and family really appreciate!

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