Friday, 14 September 2012

Home made truffles

Not the best photo in the world, but you get the idea!

You will remember that there is a famous brand of delicious chocolates which are available in many shops; they are sold in clear perspex-type boxes, in which the individual sweeties are wrapped in gold paper and sit in a little brown case.  There has been a tv advertisement for them in the past featuring a huge heap of them!

You know what I am talking about?

They aren't cheap.  But, thanks to The Frugal Graduate, we have a way of making them much more affordable, which takes only about 20 minutes of your time.

Check out that link to find the original recipe.  I made a few alterations!

I bought ready roasted hazelnuts, so that cut out a huge section of the recipe and meant I could just chuck them straight in with the bashed-with -the end-of-the-rolling-pin ice cream wafers.  

I then used Tesco's own brand chocolate hazelnut spread (much cheaper than Nutella) to mix the ice cream wafers and the hazelnuts - and she's right - you do have to get in there with your hands to get it all together!

I rolled them into little balls and refrigerated them.  The trick with the rolling was to wash my hands every 5 balls or so in very cold water, and then the stuff didn't stick too much!

I used Lidl's milk chocolate, and melted it in a bowl over a pan of hot water, and then just rolled them in it.  The impaling on a cocktail stick idea didn't work for me as they weren't hard enough to stay on the stick - the act of impaling started to push them apart!

Then, once coated, I put them on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper, as you can see above, and popped them back in the fridge overnight.

The YFG has easily eaten 5 or 6 of them since last night, some before they received their chocolate coating, and says they are lovely.  

Costs to me:

75g pack of Askeys ice cream wafers - 58p (Tesco)
100g chopped roasted hazelnuts - £1.49 (Tesco)
300g chocolate hazelnut spread - £1.11 (from a 400g jar at Tesco)
200g milk chocolate - 70p (2 x 35p bars from Lidl)
Didn't bother with the petits fours cases.

So, £3.88 spent, and 32 chocolates made, at a cost of about 12p each.  Heaps cheaper than the real thing!
The price for the real thing this morning is - a box of 16 for £4 or a tray of 24 for £6.

I think I have found something else to make for people at Christmas alongside the fudge, and having had a trial run, I think they may be popular.  This batch are being shared between the family and the ladies at the chapel craft club this morning.


Angela said...

I have a one-inch ice cream scoop, and it occurs to me that it would prove the ideal way of ensuring all the truffles came out the same size.

great recipe. will try this one out!

Morgan said...

@Angela - yes, that would be a great idea and I would have liked something like that to ensure a more regular sizing. I took some to the craft club and they were scoffed within minutes, so they are good!

Lesley said...

These look delicious and would make great presents for the neighbours. I am also on the look out for fudge alternatives!

Morgan said...

@Lesley - people do love the fudge recipe that I use, but I think that this year, they may be getting a mixed selection. I am still on the look-out for other ideas.

Bryallen said...

Hiya! Glad you liked the recipe! They make an awesome present for chocolate fans! :)

Mmm, fudge is a good idea! Will have to try that next! :)

Morgan said...

@Bryallen - thanks for dropping by! We loved the recipe, and I am impressed with your blog. If you want to try the fudge recipe I use, it is back here:
(sorry, you'll have to copy and paste that as I am not sure how to do links in the comments!) Hope you like it!