Chocolate Truffles Four Ways

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Yield: 40 truffles, 10 of each flavor

1 cup heavy whipping cream

12 ounces dark chocolate (containing 60% to 70% cocoa solids), chopped finely (preferably TCHO Chocolate)

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1/16 teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract 

¼ teaspoon dark rum, almond oil, peppermint oil, and orange oil

½ cup each finely crushed hard mint candies, unsweetened shredded coconut, and finely chopped almonds, in separate bowls

¼ cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder

1. Pour the cream into a medium saucepan and stir slowly over medium-low heat to just a simmer, being careful not to let it to boil.

2. Combine the chopped chocolate, butter, and salt in a large bowl. Remove the cream from the heat, and pour it over the chocolate mixture. Cover with plastic wrap.

3. Let the mixture sit undisturbed for 1 minute, then uncover and slowly stir with a spatula until fully incorporated. Stir in the vanilla extract.

4. Divide the melted chocolate evenly among 4 small bowls. Add the dark rum to the first bowl, the orange oil to the second, the almond oil to the third, and the peppermint oil to the fourth. Cover each bowl loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, approximately 1½ to 2 hours.

5. Using a melon baller, small ice cream scoop, or teaspoon, scoop the chilled chocolate into one-teaspoon portions. Quickly roll each portion of chocolate between the palms of your hands to achieve a somewhat round ball.

6. Gently roll each chocolate ball in one of the four separate bowls filled with the cocoa powder, mint candies, shredded coconut, and toasted almonds.

7. Transfer the coated truffles to a parchment paper-lined plate, cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, approximately 30 minutes. Remove truffles from the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving.

Note: Enjoy a little heat with your chocolate? Try stirring in some cayenne with some melted chocolate. Whoa! Spicy.

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