The chocoholic in your life will be delighted with a gift package of homemade chocolate truffles. Surprisingly easy to prepare, they may be flavored with Grand Marnier, amaretto, framboise, Cognac, brandy, creme de menthe or rum.
Creative packaging will further enhance these fabulously rich candies. Tuck them into a clear plastic container decorated with ribbon, a decorative tin or an old-fashioned jar.
7 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
1/4 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 to 3 teaspoons Grand Marnier, amaretto, framboise, Cognac, brandy, creme de menthe or rum
Dutch process cocoa, or 2 cups finely chopped walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans or pistachios
Coarsely chop chocolate and combine with whipping cream and butter in top of double boiler. Heat over simmering water, stirring constantly, until chocolate and butter melt and mixture becomes satiny smooth.