Spiced Christmas Truffles

Spiced Christmas Truffles

Truffles… like I said last year, call me a snob, but I can’t throw myself at any old chocolate bar. I’ve been making truffles at Christmas for about ten years now. It’s a thing.

The first time I made truffles was for a Christmas party at Queen Mary School of English and Drama where I was everything but a thespian in 2005. Like with everything at the age of twenty, I winged it and for some reason knocked it out the park. Back then the extensive list of what I could cook included popcorn (microwave free), pesto mixed with couscous and truffles. 

It was the year I temporarily became a vegan (something to do with the personal and the political) and discovered Green & Blacks. The first time I tried organic dark chocolate coincided with the winter of my first and very real heart break. These days I find myself thinking about that girl, the one who wore Ugg boots, pearls and pashminas while dreaming of love and how it would all look. 

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Hard to believe a decade has passed since then, university feels like a lifetime a go – but then I suppose it was. Life’s natural ebb and flow changed many things but making truffles at Christmas stuck and became a tradition. Which is ironic, because thankfully those traditional ideas I had of love disappeared. 

Even though I’ve used different chocolate bars over the years and love Alter Eco, as a tribute to my nostalgia and ten year anniversary with truffles at Christmas, in a world where everything is changing, it only seemed fitting to return to where it all started, with a bittersweet bar of Green & Blacks.

Spiced Christmas Truffles

Spiced Christmas Truffles 

This year I’ve stepped up my game and made these truffles even more decadent. I highly recommend using some good quality chocolate, if you’re brave enough to make your own bar, kudos! Chocolate does better when it’s elevated, a hint of spice or salt will take your truffles to another level. If you have better things in your spice cupboard, trust in your instinct or if you are open to it, trust in mine and try out this recipe. These truffles make a great gift or treat for your loved ones! 

Spiced Christmas Truffles

Spiced Christmas Truffles
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Ingredients
  1. (Makes 10)
  2. 1 bar of Green & Blacks Organic Dark Chocolate
  3. Zest of a clementine
  4. 1tbsp clementine juice
  5. 1/8tsp cinnamon
  6. 1/8tsp nutmeg
  7. 1tsp almond essence
  8. 1tsp vanilla essence
  9. 5tbsp coconut milk
  10. Cacao, to roll in
Instructions
  1. Melt your chocolate in bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water (bain marie). Be careful not to burn the chocolate.
  2. Once the chocolate has melted set it aside. Stir in the zest, juice, spices, almond essence and vanilla essence.*
  3. Wait about ten minutes or so and then stir in the coconut milk well. Put it in the fridge to firm up, it will need a couple of hours.
  4. Line a tray with parchment paper.
  5. Once the mixture has set a little and can be moulded, working quickly roll out ten balls, set them on the parchment paper and put the truffles back in the fridge.
  6. After about half an hour you can take them out again and roll them in cacao powder. You can store them in the fridge for several days and take them out ten minutes before serving!
Notes
  1. *At this point it might look a little gloopy, don’t worry!
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16 Comments on Spiced Christmas Truffles

  1. janet @ the taste space
    December 4, 2015 at 11:32 am (2 years ago)

    These look gorgeous. Are vanilla and almond essence different than extracts?

    Reply
    • Sahar Aman
      December 18, 2015 at 2:18 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Janet! Thanks so much and sorry for my late reply, so basically, I’m not sure there is a difference. I’ve just always called them essence, but on the bottle they are extracts! My bad xoxo

      Reply
  2. Diana L
    December 4, 2015 at 11:33 am (2 years ago)

    These look simply amazing and your photographs are stunning to say the least. I’ll have to add these to my baking list. Truffles… what a sweet indulgence.

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    • Sahar Aman
      December 18, 2015 at 2:19 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much :) So glad you liked the photographs and the recipe. Def put them on your baking list, they are so good, I wanted to eat them all in one go!

      Reply
  3. Amanda | The Cinnamon Scrolls
    December 4, 2015 at 12:11 pm (2 years ago)

    Omg, your photos are absolutely gorgeous! And I love the flavours you’ve infused into these truffles. The look and sound incredible!

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    • Sahar Aman
      December 18, 2015 at 2:20 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Amanda :) I love the flavours at Christmas, I don’t know why we don’t use them all year round, but I guess that’s whats so lovely about Christmas xo

      Reply
  4. Jared Kovacs
    December 4, 2015 at 1:03 pm (2 years ago)

    These look great! I’d like to try them. Maybe they’ll be this weekends culinary adventure. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Sahar Aman
      December 18, 2015 at 2:24 pm (2 years ago)

      Let me know how they turn out for you please :) I’m looking forward to your thoughts and thanks so much for stopping by xo

      Reply
  5. Lily @GastroSenses
    December 4, 2015 at 3:05 pm (2 years ago)

    These look great! I have all the ingredients in my kitchen and I literally want to make them right now. Yum! :)

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    • Sahar Aman
      December 18, 2015 at 2:23 pm (2 years ago)

      DO IT! What are you waiting for and send me a picture pleaseeee xo

      Reply
  6. Megan
    December 4, 2015 at 11:05 pm (2 years ago)

    I love making (and eating) truffles at Christmas! These ones look decadent and delicious. The combination of spices and clementines with chocolate sounds lovely.

    Reply
    • Sahar Aman
      December 18, 2015 at 2:23 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Megan for your lovely words, truffles are such a holiday thing aren’t they? I just finished mine and think I’m going to make another batch :)

      Reply
  7. Erin
    December 8, 2015 at 11:15 am (2 years ago)

    I love your photos and food styling! These truffles look outrageous! I’m happy to have found your wonderful blog :)

    Reply
    • Sahar Aman
      December 18, 2015 at 2:22 pm (2 years ago)

      Erin, thank you sooo much for your sweet words. I’m really happy you found it too and looking forward to hearing your thoughts on my other recipes xo

      Reply
  8. Lynn | The Road to Honey
    December 12, 2015 at 5:58 am (2 years ago)

    Wow! These look absolutely divine. I love all the Christmas-y flavors that you infused into these beauties. And how unique to add clementine juice. I can’t get enough of clementines these days so this is an extra bonus for me.

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    • Sahar Aman
      December 18, 2015 at 2:21 pm (2 years ago)

      I’m OBSESSED with clementines. I keep coming home with a crate of them and literally want to eat them all. Hope you are having a fabulous December xo

      Reply

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