|Photos courtesy of Annedore's Fine Chocolates|
A tower of truffles or “truffle tree” is a stylish way for your customers
truffles to a large group. The
Truffle Tree also makes for an eye-catching merchandising display for your
retail shop. It is a big ticket item that can add nice revenue to your store’s
sales. With a little advance planning, building the tree can be relatively easy
to execute. to serve
Here you will find a list of materials needed and step-by-step instructions for creating this showpiece as provided by RCI member, Annedore's Fine Chocolates. RCI members: Click here to log on to RCI’s member site and view three variations of
For ease of construction, un-dipped
ganache balls may be stored in the freezer.
Simply follow the instructions below for thawing and dipping the ganache balls
and you are ready to build a tree on demand.
- Truffles (see recipes below)
- Silicone mats
- Plastic wrap
- Foam block
- Parchment paper or aluminum foil (optional)
- Round toothpicks
- Tempered chocolate
- Foam cone
- Wrapping paper or fabric (preferably coordinating with the color of your truffles)
- Flathead pins
- Ribbon or tree topper (optional)
truffle centers using your own
ganacherecipe or see recipesbelow. Pipe ganacheonto silicone mats. Cover the mats with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 12 hours. Transfer mats to the freezer for 12 hours. Remove matsfrom the freezer and pop out ganacheballs (Note: Balls may be returned to the freezer for future use). Cover balls with plastic wrap and allow them to come to room temperature.
- Cover a
foam block with parchment paper or aluminum foil, so it can be reused. Glue
a toothpick into each
ganacheball by, first, dipping one end of the toothpick into tempered chocolate and then inserting that end into the center of the flat side of the ganacheball. Allow toothpick to set up firmly inthe ganacheball.
the toothpick is firmly set
inthe ganacheball you are ready to dip each ganacheball in tempered chocolate. Dip each ball carefully and then insert tooth-picked end of the ball into the block of foam. This will allow for perfect-looking, uniform truffles to create your truffle tree. Allow chocolate to set up. Trufflesmay be decorated while standing in the block of foam.
- Before you
begin to build your tree, first, wrap the foam cone completely with wrapping
paper or fabric – secure with flathead pins, as needed.
at the bottom of the cone, push the tooth-picked truffles into the cone
working your way around the cone to create the first row. On the second
row, stagger the truffles by placing them in the open spaces created by
the first row. Carefully work your way up the cone row by row until the
entire cone is covered in truffles. Toothpicks may need to be cut as you
reach the top of the cone.
- Crown the top of your tree by inserting a tooth-picked truffle vertically on the top of the cone. Experiment with different tree toppers, such as a large bow or a chocolate initial or number (birthday idea). Use your imagination.
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