Giving Homemade Chocolate Truffles

by Bri on January 4, 2008

This is a little late. Since I would have liked to get this post up a week or two ago, but sometimes things don’t go as planned. We made chocolate truffles as our holiday gifts this year. We needed a sophisticated way to present them, and I wanted to share what we did.

Eggnog, Coconut Rum Truffles

The first thing, I mentioned in my homemade chocolate truffle post the other day, is that we topped the tempered ones with a garnish to indicate what’s inside. The peppermint chocolate truffles were topped with a piece of candy cane (which you should do right before they are to be consumed, because they attract a lot of moisture and get sticky). The chocolate almond ones were topped with a piece of slivered almond. A coconut flake adorned the coconut rum chocolate truffles. And we grated fresh nutmeg on the eggnog chocolate truffles.

If you were going to make citrus ones (grapefruit, lime, lemon, orange, kumquat) it would be well worth the effort to make some candied peel of that fruit to use for the top. I really wanted to make Earl Grey or Jasmine Green Tea Pearl flavored ones, but I don’t know how I would distinguish it from another flavor, without using a tea leaf (something I don’t actually want to eat).

To look for interesting packaging supplies, Marc and I perused Michael’s craft store and found little fluted white paper cups for each truffle. We bought two sizes in packages of 100, by a company called Wilton. The smaller Bon Bon size called Candy and Party Cups was perfect for most of the truffles. They looked right proportionally…not so big the truffle was swimming in it…not so small that it would look silly. The larger package of Mini size, called Baking and Party Cups were just too big. They would be a better size for mini muffins or cupcakes. But, you just never know until you dive right in and discover what’s what.

Once we coated some of the truffles with tempered white chocolate, we realized it would have been good to have other colors for the little paper cups. White on white isn’t all that interesting and doesn’t provide any contrast. If you buy Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, or See’s candy, they have brown paper cups, so I know other colors are out there. We just didn’t think of it until it was too late to order them in time.

To actually deliver the truffles, we found Chinese takeout boxes in a few different colors for 79 cents each. Most of them were garish and unsophisticated, but there were a couple colors we liked. One was the perfect plum (or rather fig) color to tie in perfectly with Figs with Bri. Michael’s had a giant shelf of beautiful satin ribbon on sale $1 a spool, so we picked out some greens, a purple and a white. If I hadn’t gotten sick, and we hadn’t run out of time, we would have made special little labels like we did for the lemon curd, but I still think they came together with class.

Boxes of Truffles

The little purple takeout container held about 6 truffles, perfect for a couple or single person. The larger box held three tiers of 8 or so truffles, so Marc separated the layers with cardboard that he cut to size. He also cut off a corner of the cardboard, so there was room to stick your finger in and lift it up to get to the next stratum of chocolatey goodness.

They’ve been a big hit, since (almost) everyone loves chocolate. Not only are they delicious, but this is an affordable gift to share with loved ones. With all of the commercialism of the holidays, it’s worth taking the extra time for a homemade gift.

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JEP January 4, 2008 at 4:12 pm

OMG Bri, this is a beautiful presentation & I envy the receivers of your delicious truffles! Besides, how frugal & creative you were with packaging! Thanks for the hints on what works the best, too:) btw—the lemon curd is something I’m going to attempt–love all things lemon!

tbc January 4, 2008 at 8:42 pm

What a coincidence! I did a post on truffles too today!
I love the takeout boxes…never knew that they could look so good.
The truffles look very elegant.

Bri January 4, 2008 at 8:59 pm

JEP – Thanks! You really don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a present wonderful homemade treats. Oh, you really should try out the lemon curd. Several other bloggers have been making it and raving about it too. Now THAT is an easy, tasty confection. Especially with the meyer lemons if you can find them.

TBC – Thank you! It’s true, there is so much you can do with take-out boxes.

Chris January 4, 2008 at 11:13 pm

I came upon your blog a few weeks ago and have been hooked since. Your truffle posts have been great! Truffles, or I sometimes call them bon bons, These look fabulous! I love your marzipan truffles and will be trying a variation tomorrow. Hopefully they will work out! :)

Bri January 5, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Chris – Thanks so much for your kind comments. I would love to know how your marzipan truffles come out and what variations you do.

lekkercraft January 6, 2008 at 10:09 am

I love the packagings – they look as decadent as the chocolates. The egg nog truffles are especially intriguing. I don’t know about earl grey, but for green tea truffles, maybe some green tea dust would work on top. It can have a pretty intense, but lovely green color that might look great on chocolate.

Bri January 6, 2008 at 6:05 pm

Lekkercraft – Thanks so much! The eggnog truffles really were good, but I’m going to have to find higher quality, less sweet white chocolate next time, so the end product isn’t quite so sweet.
Thanks for the green tea powder idea. That’s a great one. I think if I just used it very sparingly, and maybe on white chocolate, a little would go a long way. Thanks for stopping by!

Ashley January 6, 2008 at 11:18 pm

Very nice packaging! I’m always interested in finding out ways to package baked goods and treats so I appreciate you doing this post. And the labels for your meyer lemon curd are very impressive! I should try to figure out label making. Not sure where I’ll find jars though.

Bri January 7, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Ashley – Thanks! Glad I could with food gift packaging ideas. My husband is an awesome graphic designer, so I really luck out with things like labels. As for jars, I would just say, keep your eye out for preserves and things in interesting jars. If it happens to have food in it that you’d like, buy it, eat it, and then give away some yummy food in those jars. Cost Plus often has interesting jars, and canning and preserves sites on the web have interesting shapes and sizes. Have fun!

kayaitch January 11, 2008 at 1:06 pm

Hey, i found yr lovely truffle pictures on a link thru craftsters.
They are MARVELOUS! speaking as a fellow trufflemaker, I absolutely love the presentation!
there’s a store that might be close to you with other candy cups and boxes, I have used them in the past, their boxes are a little less expensive than Michaels:
“Nancys Fancies”
and OOOOooooo, marzipan truffles! What a concept!

Bri January 11, 2008 at 4:27 pm

Kayaitch – Thanks so much for coming to my blog and leaving a comment. Glad you enjoyed the presentation. I’ll have to look up Nancy’s Fancies. Yes, if you like marzipan, these truffles are a must!

Patricia Scarpin January 14, 2008 at 6:25 am

It’s a shame these don’t ship well… ;)

The boxes are beautiful, Bri!

Bri January 15, 2008 at 12:18 pm

Patricia – So true! Thanks!

Christina Novello November 24, 2008 at 4:45 pm

Hi, I was thinking of using the take-out boxes for homeade gifts, can you tell me where I can find them?

robert.monkonae December 4, 2008 at 9:20 pm

i love your web and i engoyed the resipie !!! lol !!!

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