Happy Truffle Day!

2 May

Happy National Truffle Day, everybody! If you’ve been craving something sweet and delicious all week, now is the perfect excuse to indulge. In honor of the day, here’s a little truffle trivia for you:

Truffles were invented in France, and fashioned after the truffle fungus. Popular history holds that a man named Louis Dufour created the first chocolate truffle on this day in 1895. These delicious treats can be made of dark, milk, or white chocolate, and some even have a special liqueur to add something extra to the flavor.

Today’s truffles come in three main varieties: American, European, and Swiss.  They all have a couple of things in common: each truffle type includes a creamy ganache filling, and each is topped with coca, coconut, or melted, drizzled chocolate. Exquisite! Of course, every baker makes truffles with their own twist, which makes trying a lot of different varieties even more fun.

Fun fact: Roald Dahl, author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was a great fan of “Prestat truffles,” a chocolate shop opened in London that is credited with bringing truffles to their current popularity in England.

Here are a couple of links to get you cooking:

Read more about truffle history and creation here

Find a scrumptious truffle recipe (plus some tips on selecting chocolate and ingredients) to try here

Check out a video of a news team making their very own truffles here

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