It’s hard to beat the decadence of chocolate truffles, but they’re not always as sinful as they might seem. These homemade ones have about 50 calories, 3 grams of saturated fat and 5 grams of sugar apiece. Best of all, the chocolate treats are far easier to create than you might think, making them an ideal last-minute gift.
Simple Chocolate Truffles
Makes 30 pieces
8 ounces good-quality dark or white chocolate, finely chopped
Heavy cream (½ cup for dark chocolate; 1/3 cup for white chocolate)
Coatings: cocoa powder, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, confectioners’ sugar, crushed candy
Place chocolate in a heatproof bowl, and set aside. Place cream in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Pour hot cream over chocolate and allow to sit for 2 to 3 minutes; whisk well until all chocolate is melted. Transfer bowl to the refrigerator, and let set for about 1 hour.
Using a spoon or mini ice cream scoop, take spoonfuls of the chocolate mixture and gently roll into a ball with clean hands. Roll in desired coating and place on a baking sheet or plate lined with parchment paper. Return to the refrigerator and let harden for 15 to 20 minutes more. Store in the refrigerator in an