It’s one of our favorite days of the year – National Truffle Day! May 2nd is the official day for celebrating the unique decadence that is the chocolate truffle. Chef Nicole can still clearly recall the first time she ever made chocolate truffles. Being pregnant with her first child, it was an unforgettable experience to discover two new loves at once.
For National Truffle Day we’re sharing a bit of the history on how this indulgent dessert came to be and some interesting facts you may not know about truffles.
How Chocolate Truffles Came to Be
People have had an obsession with chocolate since cacao was first discovered. It wasn’t until the 1800s that Europeans began to experiment with sweetening cacao to create solid chocolates. The chocolate truffle’s origin began in France with the creation of ganache.
In 1895 the first truffles were essentially balls of soft ganache, which is a blend of chocolate and cream. Pâtissier Louis Dufour was the chef who realized that the combination would create a delightfully creamy chocolate confection. He would roll the ganache balls in cocoa powder and serve them fresh since they had a very short shelf life.
Truffles were given their name because in the early days they resembled truffle mushrooms. Today, the designation of truffles is typically reserved for any chocolate with a ganache center.
For many, truffles are the ultimate chocolate creation. They are for the purists who want to savor the velvety texture of the ganache and natural flavors of cacao without artificial additives getting in the way.
The Four Chocolate Truffle Styles
Many chocolate-lovers are surprised, and pleased, to find that there are many truffle styles throughout the world, but four have become the most predominant. Each truffle style has its own distinct characteristics that make the experience of eating each one unique from the others.
European (French) Truffles – European style truffles, also known as French truffles, are very similar to the original truffle created by Dufour. Today, instead of being rolled in cocoa powder they may be rolled in a nut powder.
Continental Truffles – These traditional European style truffles are identifiable for their square, cube-like shape.
Swiss Truffles – Of course, the key ingredient of Swiss truffles is Swiss chocolate. The chocolate is melted then poured into a mixture of cream and butter. The chocolate combination is poured into forms so that the chocolate can set.
American Truffles – Joseph Schmidt is credited with creating the first American-style truffles in 1983. The have a bon-bon, half-egg shape and are significantly larger than European style truffles. American-style truffles are also known for having a hard chocolate shell and being made with butterfat.
What Makes Delysia Chocolatier Truffles So Unique
Delysia Chocolatier chocolate truffles have gained international recognition for their unique flavor pairings and high quality. It all starts with selecting the perfect ingredients and using the right techniques.
Handcrafted – Each and every truffle is carefully crafted by hand in the kitchen of the Delysia Culinary Center & Boutique Chocolate Shop. There are no assembly lines or mass production. We make truffles the way they were originally crafted, just as Dufour did, to ensure each morsel is immaculate.
Responsibly Sourced Chocolate – All of the chocolate we use is responsibly sourced from farms that use sustainable practices.
Local Ingredients – Whenever possible Delysia Chocolatier always uses local ingredients. It’s important to us that we support other local businesses and provide our customers with the highest quality truffles. This is achieved by using fresh, flavorful ingredients that are at the peak of perfection.
Made for Everyone – At Delysia Chocolatier we believe everyone should be able to experience the simple perfection of a truffle. No matter what your dietary needs are, you can find a selection of rich
truffles that will satisfy your urge of pure cocoa.
Take a moment to enjoy National Truffle Day with one of our many uniquely delicious chocolate truffle collections!