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12 Days of Christmas Desserts: Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles: The Best Gifts Come in Tiny Packages

Gingerbread, yule logs and candy canes are great, but the holiday season just isn’t complete without lots and lots chocolate. And no chocolate treat compares to the chocolate truffle.  The truffle packs so much flavor into such a tiny morsel and adds a touch of elegance to any event.

Truffles from Clasen’s European Bakery

Truffles from Clasen’s European Bakery

Where do truffles come from?  While people had been experimenting with chocolate for centuries, the year 1828 was deemed to be the greatest year in the history of chocolate-making, due to a new innovation called the cocoa press, which solidified chocolate by removing the cocoa butter.  However, the most important period in the history of the chocolate truffle was 1879, the year Henri Nestle created the first milk chocolate.  Soon after, experiments on this milk chocolate conducted in France and Switzerland led to the creation of ganache, which is a combination of cream and solid chocolate melted together to form a smooth, velvety mixture.  Today, this ganache has become the inner core and heart of the chocolate truffle.

A French invention, the original chocolate truffle was a ball of ganache, chocolate and cream, often flavored and rolled in cocoa.  While no one knows for certain who invented it, according to legend, truffles happened by accident, just like many other important discoveries.  The chocolate truffle was created in the kitchen of French culinary giant Auguste Escoffier during the 1920s.  One day, as his apprentice attempted to make pastry cream, he accidentally poured hot cream into a bowl of chocolate chunks rather than the bowl of sugared egg.  As the chocolate and cream mixture hardened, Escoffier found he could work the chocolate paste with his hands to form a lopsided ball.  The name ‘truffle’ came from the chocolate balls’ strong physical resemblance to the truffle fungus once it was covered in cocoa powder.  This resemblance to a valuable ingredient that was only available to the elite elevated the chocolate truffles’ status in the world of desserts.  As the concept developed, different truffle textures were created by rolling the center ganache in white confectioners’ sugar or finely chopped nuts.

This holiday season, add chocolate truffles to your must-have list.  Whether you make your own or get them from your local bakery, truffles are the perfect gift for everyone on your list!  After all, the best gifts come in tiny, delicious packages!

Chocolate and Truffle fun facts:

  • May 2nd is National Truffle Day!
  • It takes 400 cocoa beans to make one pound of chocolate.
  • 70% of the world’s supply of cocoa beans comes from West Africa.

To make your very own chocolate truffles, try this recipe!



Find a Chocolate Truffles at one of these WBA member bakeries:

Burke Candy & Ingredients
3840 North Fratney Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: 1-888-287-5350 or 414-964-7327

Clasen’s European Bakery
7610 Donna Dr.
Middleton, WI 53562
Phone: 608-831-2032

Tamara’s the Cake Guru
 1529 Oregon St.                          1859 N Casaloma Dr.                         107 S. Appleton St.
Oshkosh, WI 54902                    Appleton, WI 54913                           Appleton, WI 54911
Phone: (920) 236-9144                    Phone: (920) 903-8440                   Phone: (920) 574-7534

For a complete list of WBA Member Bakeries, click here.


More Christmas dessert ideas:

First Day of Christmas:  Yule Log
Second Day of Christmas:  Gingerbread House
Third Day of Christmas: Classic Sugar Cookies
Fourth Day of Christmas:  Peppermint Bark
Fifth Day of Christmas:  Cinnamon Rolls
Sixth Day of Christmas:  French Macarons
Seventh Day of Christmas:  Decadent Cheesecake
Eighth Day of Christmas:  Fruitcake
Ninth Day of Christmas:  Caramel Apple Pie