Ashley scored a great deal on Groupon (typical story, right?) – learn how to make truffles at La Joliesse Chocolates. She invited Heather and me to tag along and it was a sweet adventure. Choc-olate it up to a good time! Sorry – I just cocoan’t resist.
One of the owners of the shop taught the class and his passion for chocolate was clear. It’s so fun to learn from someone who is passionate about their work, right? He gave us a history of chocolate and we did a tasting. Within the first 30 minutes of class I was well on my way to becoming a chocolate snob and never buying Hershey’s again.
Then we hit the kitchen. Each participant got to spend some time tempering chocolate (bringing it to right temperature so the best sugar crystals can form) and then we each made a butter ganache.
The most fun part followed…our instructor turned us loose on a table full of flavorings. Herbs, sea salt, cream of tartar, different liqueurs, balsamic vinegar (shockingly good with chocolate!), and lots more. We could try a little sample with our ganache and once a winning combination was discovered, we mixed it into the full bowl. I went pretty plain-Jane with sea salt and cream of tartar (it added a citrus punch to the chocolate). Ashley and Heather were more creative. The ganache went into the freezer to cool for a few minutes and then we rolled spoonfuls into little truffles. The truffles could be coated with powdered sugar, cocoa, crushed almonds, red pepper flakes…whatever we wanted.
It was messy but so fun! We each left with around 20 homemade truffles.
And a bit of a sugar high.
Have you ever made truffles? What is your favorite kind of chocolate?