Truffles are so named because they visually resemble the rare French mushroom of the same name. Chocolate truffles are created from a confectionary combination of butter, sugar, chocolate, cream, and occasionally a liqueur or flavouring. The confection is heated, cooled, then delicately rolled and shaped into small balls and coated in cocoa or covertures of milk, dark, or white chocolate. Sometimes, different textures of a truffle may be achieved by rolling the centre filling in powdered sugar, chopped nuts, or cocoa powder. Chocolate truffles are either domed with piped centres or hand-rolled.
Chocolate truffles have got to be my most favourite types of chocolate treat. Most people have heard of Charbonnel et Walker and Prestat but there are other fine chocolatiers that you could take a look at such as Paul A. Young and the truly wonderful Cocoa Mountain who are based up in the far north of Scotland.
The great thing about chocolate truffles is that you can get them in the usual milk, dark and white, but also alcoholic such as with Champagne and rum. You can also get them in a variety of flavours such as strawberry, lemon, lime, mint and even marmite.