Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Cherry Cheesecake Chocolate Truffles
Every vacation town we've ever visited has had at least one great candy shop. It's always crazy busy (at least in summer) and there's a huge selection of lollipops, jelly beans and every kind of chocolate bonbon. But the ones I want...um...OK, let's be clear that I really want everything, but the ones I buy are big chocolate covered marshmallows and chocolate truffles with creamy centers. I had no idea how to recreate the truffles at home but I figured I could make the chocolate covered marshmallows. Big fail. And after a couple of sad attempts I gave up.
Chocoley and found myself completely engrossed. They sell all the supplies to make candies and have a couple of very impressive features. Tempering chocolate is a huge mystery that I had no desire to solve but Chocoley offers the option of chocolate that needs no tempering. They also basically ask you what you want to make and then direct you to those products that will help you make it. Big thumbs up. More amazing still was that after I was already a fan of the company's web site, they offered me the opportunity to work with some of their products. Big, big happy!
Chocoley people because I definitely need more supplies. Enjoy!
1 lb. Bada Bing Bada Boom Chocolate-No Tempering Candy Molding Formula (link)
1 oz. Bottle cheesecake flavoring (link)
Plastic truffle mold 1.875" size (link)
Recipe to make 8 truffles:
1/2 Cup Chocoley chocolate
1/2 Cup cream cheese
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 Drop cheesecake flavor
Pinch of salt
8 Cherries, either maraschino or cherry pie filling
2 Graham crackers, finely crushed
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler (just place a bowl over a pot of simmering water), stirring frequently. Do not allow any water or condensation to get into the chocolate or it will seize. Pour about a tablespoon of the melted chocolate into each cup in your truffle mold and roll the sheet around so that the sides are coated. Lightly tap the mold on the counter and place in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
Combine the cream cheese, sugar, cheesecake flavoring and salt and mix until smooth. Note that the cheesecake flavoring is optional but I found that it gave the filling that baked cheesecake flavor that I didn't get just from sweetened cream cheese.
Note: Chocoley provided me with supplies but I was not otherwise compensated and under no obligation to provide a positive review. I genuinely enjoyed working with these products and highly recommend them.