Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles

So, we’re literally 5 days away from Christmas!  I wonder if you’ve all finished your shopping, or handmade gift-making, or baking?  Well, this is what I have been making in my kitchen for friends and family this year, and besides being totally irresistible, they are so unbelievably simple to make!

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 There are several options you can use when making these delectable truffles; you can use semi-sweet chocolate instead of bittersweet if you choose, but I personally love dark chocolate.  Then you have so many options for your coatings.  Toasted coconut, chopped nuts, cocoa, icing sugar, whatever your little heart desires!

Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles

This is also a really fun activity to do with your kiddos.  I liked to do the rolling of the truffle balls and let my little guy dip them in the bowls with the coatings.

Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles

Yield: 20-22 truffles

Ingredients

  • 300 grams bittersweet baking chocolate (I like to use Camino)
  • 3/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • Assorted Coatings:
  • 1/2 cup toasted shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. Chop the chocolate into small pieces then place into a small saucepan. Melt the chocolate over the lowest heat, stirring frequently.
  2. Whisk in the coconut milk, vanilla extract and salt. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in freezer for approx. 30 minutes. Remove from freezer, stir with a spoon, breaking down any hard pieces, then place in the fridge for another 30 minutes. If it's not firm after this time, you can place it in the fridge for 10-20 more minutes until you have a firm texture that is easy to mould.
  4. Place your coatings into separate shallow bowls. Have a baking tray ready to place your truffle balls on.
  5. With your hands, roll chocolate into little balls. Roll balls into coating of your choice, pressing in and covering the balls completely. Repeat until all chocolate is used, alternating between coatings.
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To finish off, you can package these cuties in mason jars, mugs, or even little ramekins and give them to your friends and family for the holidays.  Have fun with it.  Remember to keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to gift them or eat them. ūüôā

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I wish you all a peaceful and relaxing holiday season.  I know it can get quite hectic this time of year, but cherish the time with your loved ones and friends, enjoy the food, the wine, and the holiday spirit.  

Best wishes xx

Sophia

There’s A New Veganomicon Owner In Town…

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I am really excited about the holiday giveaway and the amount of people who participated! It was a blast, and I was anxious for today to arrive so that I can announce the winner! I always use Random.org to choose, and the extra facebook and twitter likes obviously gave you more entries.

The lucky winner of Veganomicon is Celeste from Home of The Compassionate Tummies! ¬†A big congratulations to you, Celeste! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Mine is filthy and food stained from the amount of recipes I’ve made from it. ¬†It will definitely be a great resource for feeding your compassionate tummies.

Thank you once again to everyone who played and shared their favourite holiday memories.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading them!  Thank you for sharing the contest among your friends and readers as well!

Have a wonderful weekend and happy holidays!

Celeste, please get in touch¬†with your mailing address. ūüôā

Sophia x

100th Post, Holiday Giveaway, A New Logo + Many Thanks!

Eight months, 100 posts, new connections, inspirations, and a whole slew of amazing discoveries. ¬†I started this blog as a way to document my favourite recipes, and explore my interest in photography. ¬†I didn’t really imagine anyone more than my close family and friends would read, but here we are, a lovely, supportive, interactive community! ¬†Even more, I became a much better cook and more creative in the kitchen since starting Silk and Spice, and that is thanks to the many amazing bloggers I follow who inspire me every day.

Today, I am writing my 100th post, and to many that might not be much of a milestone, but I am quite proud of having written 100 posts since I started Silk and Spice back in March. ¬†The best part is I get to have fun creating on this blog, and all of you are so supportive and interactive. I love hearing stories about recipes you made from Silk and Spice, and even more, when friends make my recipes for their omnivore loved ones and they are a hit. ¬†We’re on a food revolution, I tell ya….

Over the last few weeks, many of you were so thoughtful in nominating me for great awards. ¬† Bea from Body Energy Action¬†and Johanna from Whole and Happy Food nominated me for the Sunshine Award. Thank you! Poppy from Poppy’s Patisserie nominated me for the Blog of The Year Award and The Dragon’s Loyalty Award. Thank you! Ajaytao¬†nominated me for a collection of lovely awards. ¬†Thank you! ¬†Marianne from The Oven Diaries nominated me for the Versatile Bloggers Award. ¬†Thank you! ¬†I am extremely grateful, and in return I am hosting a Holiday Giveaway that is open to you all!

I thought about what to give away, and decided I wanted it to be something that would be a great resource for any one who is vegan, vegetarian, or dancing with the idea of going veg. ¬†I am giving away a copy of VEGANOMICON! ¬†This really is the ultimate vegan cookbook. ¬†Everyday meals which are so simple and don’t use weird, unfamiliar ingredients. ¬†I found that when I started cooking from this book, it made me very comfortable with plant-based cooking, and I didn’t really need to go back to it for exact recipes. ¬†It gave me useful, everyday meal ideas which I could whip up quickly. ¬†And, Isa Chandra is my plant-based heroine, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Here’s how to enter!

Answer this question by leaving a comment below this blog post: What is your favourite holiday memory?

For extra entries:

  • Join me on Facebook.
  • Follow the conversation on Twitter.
  • Tweet about this giveaway. Don’t forget to tag @silkandspiceveg.
  • If you’re just stopping by, follow Silk and Spice on WordPress by clicking ‘follow’ at the top of this page.

Please let me know which entries you made so I can include them all when randomly selecting the winner next Saturday, December 14th!  The contest is open to all, worldwide!

Finally, I am excited to share the new Silk and Spice logo! Did you notice it at the top of this page? ¬†A good friend designed it for me. ¬†I would love to know what you think! ¬†If you’re ever in need of graphic design at ¬†very reasonable rates, you can contact Amanda on LinkedIn.

Thank you all once again for stopping by Silk and Spice, taking the time to interact within our community, and for all the inspiration you give me!

Sophia x