Delicious bite size sweet treats, with only five ingredients, these S’mores Truffles are sure to please.
A million years ago, when my ex-husband and I were dating, I had a truffle recipe in heavy rotation. I remember making it for his sister and his dad when we were deep in the throes of courtship. You know, that all important time when you feel the need to impress your significant other’s family. I made that recipe so many times over a period of a few years, sharing it also with friends and neighbors, that you’d think I would have committed it to memory.
Well, you’d be wrong. Very little then or now is ever committed to memory.
And over the years, and countless moves, I lost the recipe long ago.
A few weeks ago, I was watching an episode of Food Network’s, The Kitchen, and saw Sunny Anderson make an easy recipe for S’mores Truffles. The show’s theme for the day featured recipes that were five ingredients or less, and I made a mental note to make this one.
And after receiving a massive amount of snow this week (15″ in one day!), and being housebound since Monday, this week was the perfect time to try out the recipe.
Before Snowstorm Stella came, I made sure I had the ingredients for these truffles on hand, but the ingredients are basic enough that you might already have on hand. Although this is an easy recipe, because of the truffle chilling timing, it’s not something you can quickly whip up and enjoy soon after. But with a little bit of planning, you can be indulging your sweet tooth just a few hours later. Don’t let that deter you from making the truffles … I just usually miss the “chill for three hours,” and hate the surprise of missing instant gratification.
The recipe calls for nearly burning the marshmallows and, I’ve got to be honest, that was so hard for me to do. Because our inclination is to take them out and enjoy them when they’re in this stage, right?
And I did. And I picked a few off the end and popped them into my mouth (and have three blisters on my fingers to prove it). But I put them back in to give them another minute to get to the blacker stage the recipe called for. I *think* that is requested because it makes the marshmallows easier to crumble into the graham crackers, and it also gives the finished truffle the tiniest hint of campfire smokiness.
So, you know, follow the directions.
Truffles are in the fudge family, where a little bite goes a long way, so these are best enjoyed with several small nibbles. If you pop the whole thing in your mouth, you will no doubt proclaim them too sweet. Despite that, my snow shovelers popped several in their mouths when they came back from their hours of shoveling.
PS You can watch Sunny making the truffles right here.
Recipe courtesy of Sunny Anderson
2 cups milk chocolate chips
One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
Pinch of kosher salt
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup crushed cinnamon graham crackers
For the truffle base: In a double boiler (you know the rules, don’t let that water touch the bottom of your top pot or bowl), add the milk chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, bittersweet chocolate and salt. Cook until the mixture reduces in volume and slightly thickens, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a tray and then refrigerate until solid, about 3 hours.
For the coating. Set the oven to broil or the highest temperature possible on your oven and preheat. On a large parchment paper-lined baking sheet with edges, add the marshmallows in 1 layer. Broil until the marshmallows are black: not brown, but black. If the oven is uneven, rotate the tray during broiling, but it needs to char them black. Have the strength to wait.
Allow the marshmallows to cool completely; sliding the parchment off the sheet onto a plate and placing it in the fridge helps. Once the marshmallows are hardened completely, remove and finely chop. Add them to a large bowl with the graham cracker crumbs and stir to combine.
Remove the truffle base from the refrigerator and, using a small scoop or spoon, make several balls a bit smaller than a golf ball or the size of a shooter marble. Roll these in the graham/marshmallow coating and place on a tray. Repeat with the rest of the truffle base and coating and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Serve the truffles chilled or at room temperature.