I’m not a coffee person. Neither my parents or my husband’s parents drink coffee and so we don’t. I’m not a tea person either. Yes, I grew up in the South and spent a summer in China – both places where tea is served regularly. Those hot drinks just don’t do it for me.
Now, give me a cup of hot chocolate and I’m happy indeed! Every morning in the winter, I fill my travel mug with steaming milk and make hot chocolate to take with me to school. It warms me up and gives me some calcium at the same time. Plus, it tastes delicious!
I used to buy Nesquik or hot cocoa packets (when I saw a good sale). Now that I’ve learned how to make my own chocolate syrup, that is how I’m making my hot chocolate.
Still, when I discovered this recipe at Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, I knew I wanted to try it for a hot chocolate variation. It sat on my Pinterest board for months, just begging me to make them. This week, I finally did.
I made my first batch of Hot Chocolate Truffle Balls.
It’s really a simple recipe. Ready?
1 package (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
Put the chocolate chips into a glass bowl. Pour the cream over them.
Microwave for 1 minute to melt the chocolate. Stir together. Continue microwaving in small 1 minute intervals until the chocolate is smooth, creamy, and completely mixed together.
This only took me 2 minutes total. The first minute it looks speckled and doesn’t seem like it’s going to work. The second minute heats it enough to stir it together – even though it takes just a bit to combine it. Keep stirring! It will blend.
Let cool on the counter for 10 minutes. Then, move to the refrigerator and allow to cool for another 2-3 hours.
Remove the truffle mixture from the fridge. Using the large Pampered Chef cookie / muffin scoop, place one scoop on a small square of saran wrap. If you don’t have a scoop, use a 1/4 cup measuring cup.
Carefully roll and twist the plastic wrap together over the chocolate. Continue until all the chocolate is gone.
Place the wrapped balls in the freezer to continue hardening. Store in the freezer until you are ready to make hot chocolate. Then…
Remove and unwrap a truffle ball. Place in a mug and cover with milk. The amount of milk you pour depends on how rich you like your hot chocolate! Microwave for around 2 minutes.
Finally, enjoy a hot cup of delicious cocoa! While it is a simple recipe, I think I will still stick to my chocolate syrup. It was a fun recipe to try and would make a unique gift, if you are so inclined with homemade gifts.
Now, how do YOU like your hot chocolate?
For all the other chocolate recipes, click on the button image below to view the rest of the recipes from my 31 Days of Chocolate.