We just completed a three day road trip from Utah to North Carolina. To say I’m exhausted is an understatement! I’ve decided if we do that trip again, we’ll definitely take more time. 14 hours in the car in one day is definitely not my cup of tea. On the bright side, we’re enjoying being with Forrest’s family, and Jack was a champ in the car. I think he did better than I did!
Because of our travels, I’m a little behind with the blog. I was hoping to post this salted chocolate truffle recipe earlier in the week, but as luck would have it, I really had very little Internet access during our trip. Hopefully this recipe is worth the wait!
I’ll admit, it’s taken me awhile to get on board with the whole bacon and dessert thing. Bacon just isn’t something I typically associated with chocolate, caramel, etc. However, in the spirit of Bacon Month, I thought I might as well give it a shot! After watching an episode of Master Chef where the pressure test was to make truffles, I thought that would be a fun recipe to add some bacon to. I found a simple truffle recipe in a dessert cookbook awhile back that I altered a little bit. I added some sea salt to it, which I thought was rather tasty.
The bacon is optional — this chocolate truffle recipe would be perfect if you don’t love the idea of mixing together chocolate and bacon. However, if you are feeling adventurous, the bacon is actually quite tasty in them. I didn’t feel like I was taking a big bite of bacon as I bit into the truffles, but it did add a yummy flavor.
Dipping them in chocolate is definitely a good idea. I just love when truffles have a hardened chocolate outside — nothing better than the nice crunch of a chocolate outside, only to sink your teeth into a delicious, soft inside! Plus, I think it just looks prettier! I used Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Wafers and White Chocolate Wafers. I felt like it was better than just using almond bark, and it taste much better. I topped them with a little sea salt, just for some texture and decoration. Unfortunately, Jack couldn’t have any of these (I haven’t been able to successfully make dairy free truffles yet), so we had to eat them in hiding…but it was worth the hiding!
Whether you make these with bacon or not, you’ll definitely want to save this simple salted chocolate truffle recipe for later!
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon almond extract
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 4 pieces of bacon, crumbled (optional)
- Chocolate melting wafers
- Sea salt, for garnish
- In a saucepan, warm cream, butter and sugar over low heat until they are melted together and start to lightly boil.
- Remove from heat, add chocolate, almond extract, sea salt, and bacon (if desired) and gently stir until melted with the other ingredients.
- Cover and put in refrigerator until firm enough to be handled.
- Place wax paper on a cookie sheet,
- Remove from refrigerator and roll into 3/4-1 inch balls and place on cookie sheet.
- Put in refrigerator and chill until firm.
- Once firm remove from refrigerator.
- Melt chocolate wafers and gently dip truffles. Top with a small amount of sea salt.
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