Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Truffle Pops


Truffle pops broke my resolve. But I do believe they have the power to break even the toughest of resolve.

I had been counting calories, trying to really zap these ten pounds that have been plaguing me and my closet for the last year. Even with running 10 miles a week (which I know is nothing to seasoned runners, but I am slowly increasing 1 mile a week), I still have not lost one pound. I just eat too much. It's that simple. So, I decided to start tracking my calories by writing everything down in a dreaded food journal. And guess what? I was feeling fantastic. I didn't feel sluggish or tired. I felt great and actually a little lighter and then exit stage left: The truffle pop.


I decided to make truffles as my "treat of the season" a few weeks back, wanting to make both a dairy and non-dairy version and yesterday, I finally made them. Fast forward to this morning: I finished the truffle mixture straight out of the bowl with the spoon.

I guess the silver lining is yes, they are that good.

But the heavy, downpour of rain is that my calorie counting is washed right down the drain. I keep telling myself it's simply unrealistic to count calories in the days leading up to Christmas. Yes, it's clearly an excuse, but I sticking by it.

Both versions (dairy and non-dairy) are gluten-free, loaded with sugar and absolutely delicious. They make super cute hostess gifts, teacher gifts and sweet treat gifts. They take a little time to put together, but the outcome is totally worth it.

NOTE: The dairy truffles are firm enough to store in the refrigerator, but the dairy-free truffles tend to soften up quite a bit in the refrigerator and lose their shape, so I suggest storing them in the freezer. Another option might be to increase the amount of chips to 4 cups, but keep the creamer at 1 cup and then perhaps they will become more solid in the refrigerator. I haven't tested this, but it's just an option! Happy Holidays!

Truffle Pops






Ingredients (Non-Dairy Version):

3 cups Enjoy Life Mega Chocolate Chunks
1 cup So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Place the chips in a bowl. Scald the creamer over low heat. Pour the hot cream over the chips.


Stir to melt. Add vanilla and mix well. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the freezer until solid.

Ingredients (Dairy Version):

3 cups of semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Place the chips and milk in a double boiler (or a bowl set over a pot of boiling water) and stir to melt.


Remove from top of pot and add vanilla. Stir well. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate to cool.

To assemble the truffles (both versions):

Supplies

Styrofoam
Bowls
Tissue paper
Lollipop sticks
Sprinkles, chopped nuts, etc.
Ribbon

Place all of your sprinkles into little bowls for rolling.


Using a melon baller (or something similar), scrape out about 1 1/2 tablespoons worth of chocolate and roll it in your hands to create a ball.


Roll them in the sprinkles to cover completely.


Stick lollipop into center of the truffle.

Place tissue paper in the bowl and put a piece of styrofoam over the tissue.


Stick the lollipops into the styrofoam. To create different heights, using different sized lollipop sticks and toothpicks. Roll in different colored sprinkles and sugars and arrange in styrofoam. I placed bows I made from ribbon to fill in some spots and placed a larger bow on a tall lollipop stick in the center.


They turned out so cute. I ended up wrapping them in clear wrap and tying them with some curling ribbon.


I typeset the recipe, printed it out and placed it in the card. Hopefully, I'll have some time tomorrow to knock a few more out! If anything, these will make a cute addition to your holiday sweet table.

NOTE: The dairy truffles are firm enough to store in the refrigerator, but the dairy-free truffles tend to soften up quite a bit in the refrigerator and lose their shape, so I suggest storing them in the freezer. Another option might be to increase the amount of chips to 4 cups and then perhaps they will become more solid in the refrigerator. I haven't tested this, but it's just an option! Happy Holidays!





Non-Dairy Nutrition Information Per 1 Truffle: Calories 77; Total Fat 5g; Total Carb 10g; Fiber 1g; 
Sugars 9g; Protein 1g

Nutrition Information Per 1 Truffle: Calories 97; Total Fat 5g; Total Carb 14g; Fiber 1g; 
Sugars 14g; Protein 2g
*Nutrition information has been calculated using an online recipe calculator tool.

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