Making chocolate truffles typically requires expert knowledge of chocolate. Tempering chocolate, while possible to learn, is a bit of an art. Even chocolatiers fight bloom (where the cocoa butter leaves streaks in the chocolate) when the weather changes or in times of high heat.

But there is a way that you can make delicious chocolate truffles, in whatever flavor you want, in minutes at home. Literal minutes. You may regret learning this technique because it could be dangerous for your diet

The trick is…..

coconut oil and your refrigerator.    Shhhhhh - don't tell


It’s a bit of a cheat. The coconut oil works with the chocolate and helps it stay together, but also hardens in the refrigerator and provides the texture of the traditional coating on truffles. The filling is the same as traditional truffles The candies will not be able to stay out of the fridge for an extended time without getting a bit soft especially if your room is warm, but they are as delicious as the ones you find in high end chocolate shops.

Don't be intimidated by all the words in the recipe. It really is just melting some stuff in the microwave, rolling it up and sticking it in the fridge.

 

Handmade Chocolate Truffles

 

Filling

4 oz chocolate (Callebaut 70% is our favorite, but any good quality chocolate bar will work. Store brand chocolate chips will work too)

1.5 oz heavy whipping cream

Optional:

1 teaspoon oil based flavoring (like orange oil) or 2 teaspoons liqueur

Coating

4oz dark chocolate (same brand)

1/2 oz coconut oil

Pour whipping cream into a microwave safe bowl. Pour 1/2 the chopped (chocolate chip size) chocolate into the bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. Mix well. Microwave for 15 seconds and mix well again until the mixture is smooth. May need to heat up for another 15 seconds if the mixture still has chocolate chunks.

Put mixture in the refrigerator to firm up (can stick it in the freezer if you are in a real hurry, but don’t let it freeze. You just need the mixture firm enough to roll in a ball.)

Once the mixture is firm, scoop a small amount out and gently roll into a ball shape (if you have a small melon baller, this will help with keeping the size uniform).

Place on a plate until ready to dip.

Melt the coconut oil or butter and remaining chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds to make the coating. Mix well until it is smooth and all one consistency.  Of it needs an extra 15 seconds to get all the chunks melted, that’s fine.  The coconut oil keeps the chocolate from blooming.  This means you don't have to be a professional to have good results. 

Place an uncovered 1 inch (size is merely a suggestion) ball of filling on a fork and lower gently into the melted topping. Cover the filling ball with the chocolate and bring it out of the bowl with the fork.

Allow the excess topping to drip off and place on a plact or piece of parchment paper. Sprinkle toppings that match your flavor on top. Sea salt, crushed hard candies, , nuts, coffee beans and pieces of dried fruit make great decorations. Put these on the top when the chocolate is still wet.

Once you have covered all the balls, chill in your refrigerator until the chocolate coating is set. Usually takes about half an hour.

Place finished chocolates on an attractive plate or bowl.

 

For a gift presentation, places like Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby have seasonal boxes that make great candy boxes. Line the box with a food safe material, like wax paper, before placing your truffles inside.

Making chocolate truffles typically requires expert knowledge of chocolate. Tempering chocolate, while possible to learn, is a bit of an art. Even chocolatiers fight bloom (where the cocoa butter leaves streaks in the chocolate) when the weather changes or in times of high heat.

But there is a way that you can make delicious chocolate truffles, in whatever flavor you want, in minutes at home. Literal minutes. You may regret learning this technique because it could be dangerous for your diet

The trick is…..

coconut oil and your refrigerator.    Shhhhhh - don't tell


It’s a bit of a cheat. The coconut oil works with the chocolate and helps it stay together, but also hardens in the refrigerator and provides the texture of the traditional coating on truffles. The filling is the same as traditional truffles The candies will not be able to stay out of the fridge for an extended time without getting a bit soft especially if your room is warm, but they are as delicious as the ones you find in high end chocolate shops.

Don't be intimidated by all the words in the recipe. It really is just melting some stuff in the microwave, rolling it up and sticking it in the fridge.

 

Handmade Chocolate Truffles

 

Filling

4 oz chocolate (Callebaut 70% is our favorite, but any good quality chocolate bar will work. Store brand chocolate chips will work too)

1.5 oz heavy whipping cream

Optional:

1 teaspoon oil based flavoring (like orange oil) or 2 teaspoons liqueur

Coating

4oz dark chocolate (same brand)

1/2 oz coconut oil

Pour whipping cream into a microwave safe bowl. Pour 1/2 the chopped (chocolate chip size) chocolate into the bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. Mix well. Microwave for 15 seconds and mix well again until the mixture is smooth. May need to heat up for another 15 seconds if the mixture still has chocolate chunks.

Put mixture in the refrigerator to firm up (can stick it in the freezer if you are in a real hurry, but don’t let it freeze. You just need the mixture firm enough to roll in a ball.)

Once the mixture is firm, scoop a small amount out and gently roll into a ball shape (if you have a small melon baller, this will help with keeping the size uniform).

Place on a plate until ready to dip.

Melt the coconut oil or butter and remaining chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds to make the coating. Mix well until it is smooth and all one consistency.  Of it needs an extra 15 seconds to get all the chunks melted, that’s fine.  The coconut oil keeps the chocolate from blooming.  This means you don't have to be a professional to have good results. 

Place an uncovered 1 inch (size is merely a suggestion) ball of filling on a fork and lower gently into the melted topping. Cover the filling ball with the chocolate and bring it out of the bowl with the fork.

Allow the excess topping to drip off and place on a plact or piece of parchment paper. Sprinkle toppings that match your flavor on top. Sea salt, crushed hard candies, , nuts, coffee beans and pieces of dried fruit make great decorations. Put these on the top when the chocolate is still wet.

Once you have covered all the balls, chill in your refrigerator until the chocolate coating is set. Usually takes about half an hour.

Place finished chocolates on an attractive plate or bowl.

 

For a gift presentation, places like Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby have seasonal boxes that make great candy boxes. Line the box with a food safe material, like wax paper, before placing your truffles inside.

Making chocolate truffles typically requires expert knowledge of chocolate. Tempering chocolate, while possible to learn, is a bit of an art. Even chocolatiers fight bloom (where the cocoa butter leaves streaks in the chocolate) when the weather changes or in times of high heat.

But there is a way that you can make delicious chocolate truffles, in whatever flavor you want, in minutes at home. Literal minutes. You may regret learning this technique because it could be dangerous for your diet

The trick is…..

coconut oil and your refrigerator.    Shhhhhh - don't tell


It’s a bit of a cheat. The coconut oil works with the chocolate and helps it stay together, but also hardens in the refrigerator and provides the texture of the traditional coating on truffles. The filling is the same as traditional truffles The candies will not be able to stay out of the fridge for an extended time without getting a bit soft especially if your room is warm, but they are as delicious as the ones you find in high end chocolate shops.

Don't be intimidated by all the words in the recipe. It really is just melting some stuff in the microwave, rolling it up and sticking it in the fridge.

 

Handmade Chocolate Truffles

 

Filling

4 oz chocolate (Callebaut 70% is our favorite, but any good quality chocolate bar will work. Store brand chocolate chips will work too)

1.5 oz heavy whipping cream

Optional:

1 teaspoon oil based flavoring (like orange oil) or 2 teaspoons liqueur

Coating

4oz dark chocolate (same brand)

1/2 oz coconut oil

Pour whipping cream into a microwave safe bowl. Pour 1/2 the chopped (chocolate chip size) chocolate into the bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. Mix well. Microwave for 15 seconds and mix well again until the mixture is smooth. May need to heat up for another 15 seconds if the mixture still has chocolate chunks.

Put mixture in the refrigerator to firm up (can stick it in the freezer if you are in a real hurry, but don’t let it freeze. You just need the mixture firm enough to roll in a ball.)

Once the mixture is firm, scoop a small amount out and gently roll into a ball shape (if you have a small melon baller, this will help with keeping the size uniform).

Place on a plate until ready to dip.

Melt the coconut oil or butter and remaining chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds to make the coating. Mix well until it is smooth and all one consistency.  Of it needs an extra 15 seconds to get all the chunks melted, that’s fine.  The coconut oil keeps the chocolate from blooming.  This means you don't have to be a professional to have good results. 

Place an uncovered 1 inch (size is merely a suggestion) ball of filling on a fork and lower gently into the melted topping. Cover the filling ball with the chocolate and bring it out of the bowl with the fork.

Allow the excess topping to drip off and place on a plact or piece of parchment paper. Sprinkle toppings that match your flavor on top. Sea salt, crushed hard candies, , nuts, coffee beans and pieces of dried fruit make great decorations. Put these on the top when the chocolate is still wet.

Once you have covered all the balls, chill in your refrigerator until the chocolate coating is set. Usually takes about half an hour.

Place finished chocolates on an attractive plate or bowl.

 

For a gift presentation, places like Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby have seasonal boxes that make great candy boxes. Line the box with a food safe material, like wax paper, before placing your truffles inside.

We are sharing with you some thoughts on resolutions, so this is a bit about looking backward instead of forward.

We all need goals, but we also need to be true to events that brought us to where we are at this moment.  We can fight them, we can embrace them, and we can always change them. 

The Tuscaloosa County School system has announced changes to the dates and times of this year’s graduation ceremonies. It’s a move prompted by concerns raised by students and their families.

Like all great teachers, Beth Duncan knows it takes hard work to make a difference in a child’s life. Her influence over her students isn’t something she takes lightly. The knowledge that she can have a positive impact her students’ education makes all her hard work worth it. 

Ward W. McFarland of Tuscaloosa has been selected to Lead US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 8 5, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for calendar year 2018, he succeeds Lyn Spencer who has served as Flotilla Commander since 2016.

The process begins again: Alabama football fans, it’s time to focus on the new season unfolding. The University of Alabama has announced the date for the 2018 A-Day Spring Football Game.

Happy 2018, everyone! I hope you all had a great holiday, but it’s time to get back into the daily routine. With that in mind, I’ve got a great weeknight dinner idea, and a wonderful cocktail (that’s perfect for a romantic Valentine’s dinner, if you’re thinking ahead). These crockpot chalupas are a tender and delicious, and the variety of toppings means everyone can fix theirs exactly the way they want. And if you’re in the mood to sip a great cocktail, give this Persephone cocktail a try. 

Cheers, and as always, bon appétit! 

Here’s wishing all our Druid City Living readers a great week, filled with all kinds of outstanding local events. Get out, get involved, and above all else: Have fun.

And remember: If you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

Enjoy your week, T-Town!

All children need discipline. Here are some helpful guidelines for you, as a parent.

The Alabama football team joined fans in celebrating the program’s 17th national championship with a parade and ceremony on Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa.

This big boy is Spyro, a 2-to 3-year-old male mystery mix! Spyro is this week’s Humane Society of West Alabama Pet of the Week.

The Alabama football team will be honored for its College Football Playoff National Championship with a parade beginning at Denny Chimes and a program held on the north steps of Bryant-Denny Stadium at the Walk of Champions this Saturday, Jan. 20.

As 2018 begins, I invite you to invest in the lives of the youth of our community. December was a fresh reminder of the desperate situations many of our young people face. The holidays bring many of these needs to the surface. Churches and other groups are more diligently looking to fill needs. Families are more ready to ask for help. But what many of us uncover can be disheartening. Families are often ill-equipped to guide their children through the teenage years. Neighborhoods bring bad influences. Peer pressure has never been greater. Teens have more people ready to feed them poor advice than ever before. 

New Year … new me! If that’s part of your motto for 2018, your New Year’s resolution might include a little something to do with your eating habits. More often than not, many of my clients feel like “starting to eat healthy” means becoming a hermit who can never go out to eat again. But guess what? Tuscaloosa has an impressive selection of restaurants that are both delicious and nutritious.  

Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service partnered with the University of Alabama’s University Medical Center to develop ACTION, a program that responds to the less critical needs of the community and reduces costly hospital emergency room transports and care.

ACTION, which stands for Appropriate Care and Treatment In Our Neighborhoods, places nurse practitioners and physician assistants, social workers and behavioral health providers in appropriate response vehicles to treat 911 callers’ medical needs at the scene.

NorthRiver Yacht Club tennis and other members recently donated through the club’s “Be the Change” initiative to raise money for Secret Meals for Hungry Children – a program created by Alabama Credit Union to provide meals for children who can’t access nutritional meals during the weekend while they’re away from school. The meals are discretely slipped into the backpacks of as many hungry children as donations allow.

To learn more about Secret Meals for Hungry Children, visit secretmeals.org.

We are expecting snow on Tuesday – and our area is under a Winter Weather Advisory from the National Weather Service until early Wednesday morning. An arctic cold front is making its way into Alabama on Tuesday – and the possibility of light to moderate snow, combined with freezing or sub-freezing temperatures, could cause major issues on area roadways Tuesday into Wednesday.

Here’s wishing all our Druid City Living readers a great week, filled with all kinds of outstanding local events. Get out, get involved, and above all else: Have fun.

And remember: If you’d like to have your event added to our online weekly calendar, just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’re happy to add anything you’d like to announce.

Enjoy your week, T-Town!

Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.

 

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