Chocolate Truffles with Chili Salt

Posted on: Monday, December 4, 2017

All of a sudden it’s December and holiday season! Admittedly, Kara and I have been a bit distracted with some engagements and baby news in our family. 'Tis the season to get into high gear and brainstorm ways to celebrate your loved ones...for me in the form of indulgent creations in the kitchen.
Last weekend, I spent way too long at one of my favorite local farms, Wilson Farm in Lexington. I was instantly attracted to the holiday gift section, most notably the array of gingerbread houses, chocolates, and confections, as well as the fine foods section, overflowing with assorted spices and and locally made goods.
With gift-giving in mind, I picked up some sea salt and chili powder, a perfect complement to sweet, decadent chocolate truffles. The classic truffle is a delightfully chocolatey pop and a simple, gourmet gift for family, friends and coworkers around the holidays. For the chocolate lover, the bite is the ultimate concentration of rich and creamy goodness. A sprinkle of spicy sea salt takes truffles up to another level.
Chocolate Truffles with Chili Salt
2 T flaky sea salt
1/2 t chili powder

1/2 c heavy cream
2 T unsalted butter
12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 t vanilla extract

In a small bowl, combine the sea salt and chili powder and set aside.

Pour 8 ounces of the semi-sweet chocolate chips into a heat proof bowl. In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream and butter on medium heat. When the liquid starts to boil slightly, remove from the heat and pour it over the bowl of chocolate. Let stand for a minute. With a spatula, stir the chocolate mixture until smooth. Stir in the vanilla. Let cool in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Remove the ganache mixture from the refrigerator and with a melon baller (or Tablespoon), spoon out balls. With your hands, roll the chocolate into perfect round shapes and place them on a lined baking sheet. After you have formed all of the ganache into spheres, return them back to the refrigerator. While the truffles chill, microwave the extra 4 ounces of chocolate in 20 second intervals. After 20 seconds, stir the chocolate and place the bowl back into the microwave. Repeat this process three times.

Remove the chocolate balls from the refrigerator. With two forks, place the truffles into the melted chocolate. Cover the spheres with the melted chocolate evenly, tapping off the excess with the forks, and place back onto the lined baking sheet. Sprinkle each truffle with a pinch of the reserved chili sea salt blend. Return the truffles back into the refrigerator to completely harden. Makes 20 truffles.

If you have leftover chili salt, it adds a wonderful punch to a Margarita glass rim!


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