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Triple Berry Surprise Truffles
Ingredients (makes 1 dozen small truffles):
- 1 bar Pacari Andean Blueberry chocolate
- 1 bar Pacari Esmeraldas 60% chocolate
- 1/2 cup organic milk chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 tbs. butter
- 1/3 cup finely chopped strawberries
- 1 tbs. raspberry liqueur
- 1 tsp. Tahitian vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1/2 cup dried blueberries
- Powered sugar and/or cocoa powder for coating the rolled truffles
Step 1: Break the chocolate bars into small squares and add to a small bowl. Add the milk chocolate chips, cream, and butter. Microwave for 1 minute, give a stir, then microwave 30 seconds more. Whisk to completely incorporate the cream and butter into the chocolate.
Step 2: Add the chopped strawberries to a small bowl. Sprinkle with the sugar. Add the raspberry liqueur and vanilla extract. Use a fork to mash the ingredients together until it's a smooth puree.
Step 3: Add the strawberry puree to the chocolate mixture and stir well to combine. Refrigerate the mixture for 45 minutes. Add the dried blueberries and fold into the chocolate truffle mixture until evenly incorporated. Use a small cookie scoop to make even-sized truffles. Roll the chocolate mixture into balls. Place on a parchment-lined plate and freeze for 10 minutes.
Step 4: Roll the chilled truffles in powdered sugar or cocoa powder. Place in mini cupcake or candy liners and package in a Valentine's gift box. To ensure the best texture and flavor -- and ensure that they stay fresh -- keep the truffles chilled until you're ready to eat them.
These truffles are sinfully good! They feature rich chocolate flavor with a distinct -- but not overpowering -- berry flavor. The sweetly tart dried blueberry provide a nice textural surprise, and they pair very nicely with the blueberry-infused Pacari chocolate and raspberry liqueur-strawberry puree. Why not whip up a batch of these decadent homemade chocolate truffles for your favorite Valentine tomorrow? They're sure to be a huge hit! Pacari's delicious organic chocolate bars can be purchased online. They're also available at select U.S. retailers -- including Whole Foods and Central Market.
Disclosure: Pacari provided me with a sampling of their chocolate bars to facilitate recipe development. All opinions expressed in this article are solely my own.