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Christmas Coffee Truffles

Christmas Coffee Truffles - Fab Food 4 AllChristmas is a time of giving and what better way to show your loved ones how much you appreciate them than by making them something home made and delicious? It’s easy to walk into a shop and buy a box of chocolates but spending a few hours making some, like these Christmas Coffee Truffles will show how much you really care! I made these truffles with the help of the Thermapen 4 Digital Thermometer as the last thing you want to do when making chocolates is to overheat your chocolate or you’ll end up with muddy finish to them.

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The Thermapen 4 Digital Thermometer is the UK’s number 1 selling food thermometer and I have to say I do love it. I was even telling the owner of my local kitchen shop about the Thermapen the other day when I went into buy my petite four cases. The features I love are that the temperature probe can be angled so that you can keep you hand away from any heat, it lights up automatically in dim light, the display reads the right way up whichever way you hold it and it reads the temperature in just 2 seconds. But that’s not all it also has a built in sleep mode and wakes up as soon as you pick it up plus it’s waterproof so doesn’t mind being splashed. If you know a keen cook then I couldn’t think of a better present for them this Christmas along with my truffles of course!

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Recently I gave my sister some of my Christmas Coffee Truffles in a box which I’d given a makeover with some gold paper and she thought they were from a shop until I explained! The rest stayed in our fridge and the family couldn’t stop singing their praises as coffee really elevates and intensifies the taste of chocolate and my daughter said they were the best chocolates she had ever had.

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Christmas Coffee Truffles, heavenly chocolates made with quality dark & milk chocolate, double cream and barista style instant coffee. Watch your friends' amazement when you tell them you made these!
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: British
Serves: 40
Ingredients
  • For ganache:
  • 150 g 72% Dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 150 g Milk chocolate (good quality), finely chopped
  • 120 mls Double cream
  • 4 tsp Barista style instant coffee (I used Americano)
  • For coating/decoration:
  • 170 g 72% Dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • Sugar paste holly leaves & berries
Instructions
  1. Pour double cream into a saucepan, bring to a simmer and then remove from heat.
  2. Add the chopped chocolate and stir until melted.
  3. Transfer to a glass bowl and allow to cool before putting in the fridge for 2 hrs to set.
  4. Prepare a baking tray with a sheet of baking parchment.
  5. Use a melon baller (smaller end) to scoop out orbs of ganache or use a teaspoon to scoop out equal sized spoonfuls and roll into balls with your hands (disposable vinyl gloves are great for this plus handling the chocolates generally). Place the truffles onto the parchment.
  6. Place the tray of truffles in the fridge overnight (or allow to cool for several hours).
  7. Melt the rest of dark chocolate over a pan of simmering water and take off the heat when it reaches a temperature between 46 – 49°C (test using a Thermapen thermometer). This will ensure you don't overheat the chocolate and it will have the perfect viscosity for coating.
  8. Next push a truffle onto the end of a cocktail stick and hold over the bowl, spoon the melted chocolate over it, turning as you go.
  9. Finish off by wiping the base of the truffle against the edge of the bowl to remove excess chocolate.
  10. Use a fork (a cake fork is good) to lift the truffle off the cocktail stick and then lower onto the parchment using the cocktail stick to leaver the truffle gently off the fork.
  11. Using tweezers (sterilised) pick up the holly leaves and berries and place on the truffles before the chocolate sets.
  12. Repeat this process until all the truffles are coated, heating up the chocolate and testing the temperature as necessary.
  13. Place the truffles once set into petit four cases.
  14. Store in the fridge and eat within 3 days.
  15. Give to friends and family a watch their amazement when you tell them you made them:-)

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For more Christmas foodie gift inspiration you might like to check out the following recipes from around the web:

Rocky Road Fudge – Fab Food 4 All

Cranberry and Pistachio Nougat – Supper in the Suburbs

Baileys, Pistachio & Cranberry Fudge – Foodie Quine

Easy 2 Ingredient Chocolate Fudge – Eats Amazing

Festive Chocolate Christmas Trees – Family, Friends Food

Pomegranate, Pretzel and Pistachio Bark – Celery & Cupcakes

Chocolate Coated Caramel Brazils– Tin and Thyme

Gluten Free Snowflake Cookies – The Hedge Combers

Chilli Honey Marshmallows – Fuss Free Flavours

Christmas Spice Truffle filled Dark Chocolates – Franglais Kitchen

Les Mendiants – Croque Maman

Slow Cooker Apple Butter & other edible gifts – Recipes from a Pantry

Home-made Edible Gifts – Munchies and Munchkins

NB: This is a commissioned post for Electronic Temperature Instruments, all opinions are my own.

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  1. Ana De- Jesus

    These look phenomenal I would eat these all in one gulp there is no doubt about it!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Ana – they were soo good:-)

  2. Serena La Pietra

    These look great but don’t think the kids will go for the coffee flavour.

    1. Camilla

      You could always leave the rum out and substitute with vanilla extract or orange oil. My daughter is coffee mad and influence my choice:-)

  3. kimberley ryan

    awesome, these look fabulous, I really want to give these a try

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kimberley, do let me know how you get on:-)

  4. nazima

    these are SO beautiful Camilla. Love them. I must try and get my act together this year on making some edible gifts

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Nazima, it’s a great way to get in the festive mood:-)

  5. Alica

    These sounds amazing!!

  6. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Making my own truffles is one of my favourite Christmas activities and yours look delicious Camilla!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Dannii – I hadn’t made any for far too long!

  7. YOLANDA DAVIS

    I can’t wait to try and make these this year.

    1. Camilla

      Fab, do let me know how you get on:-)

  8. Lynsie Lynn

    I can’t wait to try these out 🙂 I am going to try and make them and give them out as handmade gifts 🙂 Thank you for sharing the recipe 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Lynsie do let me know how you get on:-)

  9. Petra Beck

    They look stunning and very professional! I have made choccies before and they always tasted good, but mostly looked a bit, erm, rough! Must make more of an effort! Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Camilla

      Aaw, thank you so much Petra:-)

  10. Leila Benhamida

    Love anything with coffee, this looks wonderful.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Leila, they were fab:-)

  11. All That I'm Eating

    I love the sound of these Camilla, really sweet little decorations too. Ideal for a gift!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  12. peter @feedyoursoultoo

    What a tasty and decorative holiday treat.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Peter;-)

  13. Elizabeth

    Such a great handmade gift idea – these look so pretty!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Elizabeth, I think home-made gifts and the nicest:-)

  14. April J Harris

    What beautiful truffles – such a thoughtful gift! And I love the Thermapen. I’m going to have to get hold of one of those!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks April and yes the Thermapen is a game changer;-)

  15. Jo Carroll

    These look so scrumptious, I’m definately going to give them a try. Thanks for giving so detailed instructions to follow 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Brilliant Jo, do let me know how you get on:-)

  16. Myriam Clark

    Love truffles

  17. Alida

    Wow, these look so perfectly made! They would make good Christmas gifts too. Great idea Camilla.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Alida:-)

  18. Grace @ Eats Amazing

    These truffles look delicious and you’ve presented them so beautifully too – they would be a perfect gift! Pinning this for Christmas presents!

    1. Camilla

      Aaw, thank you Grace, when you think how much hand-made chocolates cost it really does make sense to make them and they taste so lush and fresh too:-)

  19. Janie

    Oh my god, they are superb Camilla! They look professional (I used to work in a chocolate shop so reckon I am qualified to say that!) Oh, and I now want a thermapen! Dear Santa….
    Janie x

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Janie, that’s a real compliment then:-) You have to get a Thermapen, I’ll put in a word with Santa too:-)

  20. Jo of Jo's Kitchen

    I must make these for Christmas. They look great

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jo:-)

  21. Tara

    These are picture perfect and I can say I sure love my Thermapen!!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Tara, the Thermapen is exceellent:-)

  22. Camilla

    Thank you Corina:-)

  23. chrin

    these look amazing

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  24. Nicole Neverman

    These truffles sound so delicious! Your decoration is really well done too 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Nicola, they really were delicious:-

  25. Paul Wilson

    Love making truffles for Christmas.

  26. Heather Haigh

    They look great and would make a lovely home made gift which I always think is so special.

  27. Lorna Kennedy

    Wow – these look amazing. I hope I’m feeling brave enough to give it a go 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Lorna, they are dead easy just take time to do but are great fun to make and will get you in the Christmas mood plus your friends will be so impressed with your thoughtful delicious gift:-)

  28. Made With Pink

    Oh these are just too cute! I love my pink thermapen. I’ve herd they make an instant read one as well. I do find my original one is a bit slow to read sometimes, but overall I love it.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-) This one takes 3 second readings so is super fast:-)

  29. Lindsey Stuart

    These truffles are the cutest little festive bakes i have seen!
    I would love to be able to make them
    thankyou for sharing with us

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Lindsey, they are easy to make but just require a steady hand and patience;-)

  30. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

    I love my Thermapen, and realized just how much I’d managed to overcook a turkey yesterday!

    Lovely truffles, far too good to wait until Christmas!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Helen:-) The Thermapen is great and saw it again on TV this morning, this time being used my Rick Stein on a whole fish he was frying, before that it was on GBBO, I’m not surprised it’s getting such notoriety:-)

  31. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

    Great photo Camilla. might try this with my kiddoes and my own Thermapen.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Bintu:-)

  32. Kavey

    Lovely and even, they look so perfect, Camilla!

    1. Camilla

      Aaw, thanks Kavey:-)

  33. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    These look so cute Camilla and the finish is very professional. Thank you for including my recipe in the roundup.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Jemma:-)

  34. Dom

    nooooooo! too soon… but yes please, they look divine!

    1. Camilla

      Did you say that to John Lewis and all the other companies that brought out their Christmas ads today Dom. I’m just keeping up with the Jones’s LOL:-) Thanks they were out of this world;-)

  35. Food Glorious Food

    Nom, nom, nom perfect as a treat and a gift for Christmas 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks they really are a fab treat:-)

  36. Helene @CroqueMaman

    Hi Camilla! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. They look stunning, no wonder your sister thought they came from the shop. I have been on the lookout for a thermometer so thank you as well for the recommendation and for sharing my recipe. Happy Friday! Helene

    1. Camilla

      Aaw, thank you Helene and the Thermapen 4 really is fabulous, my other digi thermometers are in retirement now as this one does everything;-)

  37. Emma

    I love these Camilla! They look so professional. I really do need to get to grips with tempering chocolate it clearly makes all the difference. I do have a thermometer so no excuse!

    And thanks for including my nougat in the roundup 🙂 some wonderful recipes there!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Emma. To tempur chocolate you need pounds of it so this is the next best thing. Your nougat looked fab, something I’ve never made and as it’s my mum’s favourite I really should!

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