Happy National Coffee Day – How to make Coffee Truffles!

Happy “National Coffee Day!”

We’re pretty big on caffeine in this house. While I prefer mine to come as energy drinks or shots, I am keenly aware of my husband’s coffee addiction. (Read: He’s a miserable bastard before his morning coffee!)

A few years ago, I created these truffles for my husband – kind of like an inside-out version of a chocolate covered espresso bean. They’re super easy – and cheap! – to make, and are a perfect gift for your favorite coffee junkie.

I’ll warn you – rolled in straight-up ground coffee, they’re pretty hardcore. For a more delicate caffeine kick, be sure to cut the coffee with chocolate or powdered sugar, as described in the notes below!

Dark Chocolate Coffee Truffles Recipe

Truffle Ganache
12 oz Hershey Special Dark chips
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup good quality coffee beans*
3 tbsp butter
2 tbsp sugar

Stuff to Roll Them In **
Ground coffee
Cocoa (optional)
Chocolate chips (optional)
Powdered sugar (optional)

Place chocolate chips into a glass mixing bowl, and set aside.

On stove top, bring heavy whipping cream, coffee beans, butter, and sugar to a light simmer. Remove from heat, allow to steep for 10 minutes. Once steeping time is complete, bring to just a simmer again.

Strain hot cream mixture into bowl of chocolate chips, discarding coffee beans. Let sit for 3-5 minutes. Starting in the middle of the bowl, slowly start stirring the chocolate and cream until all of the chocolate is melted the cream disappeared into it – it should be smooth.

Cover with plastic wrap, preferably resting right on top of the surface – this prevents a skin from forming while it cools. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour or two, until it’s pretty solid. Once solid, scoop out small balls (a teaspoon or so), and roll them into balls. Try to handle the chocolate as quickly as possible, or it will melt. Then, roll them in your chosen “stuff”, and enjoy!

* If you don’t have whole coffee beans, you can use 1-2 Tbsp of ground beans – just make sure your sieve is fine enough. (Or line one with a coffee filter… appropriately enough!).

** My husband likes them rolled in straight up ground coffee beans, but there’s a lot of room to play with this. Try running coffee beans and chocolate chips through a food processor, or mixing finely ground coffee with either cocoa or powdered sugar.

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