Here is a sweet treat that is sure to please the chocolate lover in your life! The mold is from www.pastrychefcentral.com, BUT, it was very difficult to unmold,so you may want to find something similar in a silicon or soft plastic mold. I also used pre-made truffle shells that I found at www.hauserchocolate.com. I discovered them after reading a post from another blog called Simply So Good! I love them! If you do not want to buy the shells, you can simply roll the truffles instead.The truffles are easy to make and delicious!
1 large heart shaped mold
chocolate melts(I use Merckens)
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler.Pour into the mold.Let set for about 15 minutes, then unmold and set aside.
Chocolate Truffle Shells
1/2 c. heavy cream
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate
4 oz. semisweet chocolate
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. french vanilla coffee(regular coffee works well too)
Heat the cream in a saucepan just until it boils. Add in the chocolate and whisk until melted. Remove from the heat, and add in the vanilla and coffee. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.You do not want it to set completely,but it must be cool in order to fill the truffle shells. Place the chocolate mixture in a pastry bag with a round open tip.Fill each shell ,then let set for 30 minutes. Melt additional chocolate ,and quickly dip the truffles in .Let set on a parchment lined cookie sheet.Decorate with sprinkles,sugar or colored chocolate if desired.
*** If you choose to roll the truffles, just refrigerate the chocolate mixture until set.Then scoop out about 1 Tbsp. and roll into a ball. Proceed with the dipping and decorating.
***Check out www.simplysogood.blogspot.com for some amazing recipes!