Chocolate is always regarded as an indulgent and, for some, a little sinful. But there is nothing quite like chocolates to make everyone’s day. Chocolates hold a special place in everyone’s hearts which is why it is a very popular gift for birthdays. The young and the old alike well receive chocolate as gifts; it is rare to find someone who does not like chocolate. However, giving out chocolate bars which can regularly be found in drug stores becomes too generic and ordinary, which is why for special occasions, people turn to chocolate truffles.
Chocolate truffles are bite-sized chocolates made from any of the following: ganache, cream, chocolates, nuts, and even liquor. Its seduction lies in their little bodies: pure chocolate goodness in small balls perfect for sinful consumption. Chocolate truffles are named because they look similar to black mushroom truffles, a kind of fungus. Many people attribute their name more than just to the physical similarity. Some people even go so far as to parallelize its being well-sought, similar to the mushroom truffles.
The invention of chocolate truffles had been attributed to the French. It was originally a ball of ganache presented in beautiful containers, sometimes rolled in confectioner’s sugar and finely chopped nuts. It has been said that during the times of French monarchs, chocolates had been presented in this form in order to make it look more enticing and even to moderate the consumption.
Ganache the preferred ingredient for chocolate truffles is combination of chocolate and cream. It is the traditional center for chocolate truffles. An interesting thing to note is that the word ganache is French for the word imbecile. Legend has it that it was invented due to an accident. Someone accidentally dropped hot cream in a bowl of chocolate. He was called a ganache. But had it not been for that accident, the wonderful ingredient for chocolate truffles would not have come about.