Chocolate Candy Cane Truffles
Creamy, rich chocolate ganache rolled in crunchy candy canes. Chocolate Candy Cane Truffles add a little something different to the holiday cookie / candy spread. The best part? These require only four ingredients - no special equipment or candy thermometers necessary.
Servings: 20 small truffles
Half Sheet Pan
- 8 oz Chocolate with at least 60% cacao (use high quality chocolate in bars, not chocolate chips)
- ½ cup Heavy Cream
- ½ tsp Peppermint Extract
- ½ cup Crushed Candy Canes (see note)
Chop the chocolate into small pieces. Place in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until nearly melted (it's okay if small chunks remain), stirring every 15-20 seconds.
Bring heavy cream to a simmer in a small saucepan. Stir in peppermint extract.
Pour heavy cream over chocolate and gently stir in one consistent direction, until the mixture is smooth and shiny (this is ganache).
Refrigerate ganache until it is firm but not solid, 1 to 3 hours.
Cover a small cutting board or sheet pan with parchment paper. Use a teaspoon to scoop the firm ganache into even balls and place on parchment (each ball should be about 1 ½ teaspoons). Use your hands to gently form the balls, but you'll be able to perfect them in the next step.
Refrigerate for 20 minutes more, just to give the ganache balls time to firm up a bit more.
Using your hands, form the ganache into round balls and then roll in crushed candy canes, pressing the candy canes into the ganache. (This works great as a two-person task. One to roll the balls and one to coat in candy canes. The chocolate-roller will have very messy hands!)
Refrigerate for up to a week until ready to serve, but bring to room temperature before serving. These are best served at room temp. Enjoy!
Crush the candy canes yourself in a Ziploc bag with a hammer or rolling pin or buy pre-crushed candy canes in the baking section or craft store.
Tips and tricks for making truffles were adapted from Alton Brown, Serious Eats and Sally's Baking Addiction.
Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg