Best Chocolate Truffles
Armagnac Chocolate Truffles
Pastry expert Dominique Ansel takes the extra step to greatness: His Armagnac-spiked truffles are dipped in melted chocolate before being dusted with cocoa powder. The crunchy outer shell and tender ganache inside are an irresistible matchup.
F&W's Melissa Rubel Jacobson sets out bowls of flavored ganache and dishes of coatings so guests can create their own truffles to give as gifts. The combinations are endless -- from a peppermint filling with chocolate cookie crumbs to a rum filling with coconut.
Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles Rolled in Spices
Joan Coukos of Manhattan's two-year-old Chocolat Moderne is a self-taught chocolatier. Her bittersweet truffles are coated with a variety of flavorings, including blends of Chinese and Mexican spices.
Brazilian Rich Chocolate Truffles
These chewy, sprinkles-coated balls (called brigadeiros in Portuguese) are more like chocolate caramels than French-style truffles.
Roasted White Chocolate & Coffee Truffles
Belinda Leong made many kinds of ganache (a rich, smooth chocolate-and-cream mixture) during her time at the venerable Pierre Hermé pâtisserie in Paris. Here, she slow-roasts white chocolate, which adds an enticing caramel flavor to the supercreamy ganache filling in her truffles.