These bittersweet homemade spiced chocolate truffles are flavored with crystallized ginger bits and Chinese 5-spice powder (cinnamon, fennel, clove, star anise and white pepper). They make a special chocolate treat with a sophisticated flavor.
I came across a recipe for an Asian 5-spice chocolate cake the other day and was intrigued by the idea. The author, chef Christian Thornton, suggests to serve the cake with ginger whipped cream and I took those concepts and applied them to the chocolate truffles here.
Why make this recipe?
These spiced dark chocolate truffles have a delicious and unique, complex flavor from the ginger and the 5-spice powder (cinnamon, fennel, clove, star anise and white pepper). The small crystallized ginger bits give you something to bite into and add a nice texture contrast to the chocolate. The truffles are not very sweet at all and the anise comes through quite strongly so if you’re not a fan of its licorice-like taste, then I predict you won’t like these truffles. If you do, I think you’ll love them.
For the truffles:
For rolling the truffles:
- Be sure to chop the chocolate very finely because the finer the chocolate, the easier it will be to melt it. This is the most labor-intensive part of the recipe but it is well worth it.
- Don’t use chocolate morsels, those have stabilizers in them that prevent them from melting properly
How to make the truffles:
See full ingredients & instructions in the recipe card below!
Step 1. In a small saucepan, heat up heavy cream, butter, spice and a pinch of salt.
Step 2. As soon as the mix starts to boil, pour it over finely chopped bittersweet chocolate and let it sit for 2 minutes.
Step 3. Stir the mix until it’s nice and uniform.
Step 4. Mix in finely chopped crystallized ginger.
Chill the ganache, then scoop the truffles:
Step 5. Let the chocolate cool to room temperature, then cover the bowl and chill in the fridge for 3 hours to let the chocolate solidify.
To make the truffles, grab a melon baller, a 2-teaspoon metal scoop with spring-loaded handle or a simple spoon. Scoop out the chocolate and roll it into small balls with your hands. (You want to work quickly here because the warmth of your hands will start to melt the chocolate quickly.)
Step 6. Roll each truffle in cocoa powder.
Recipe notes & tips:
- If you end up with unmelted pieces of chocolate, get a small pot of water to boil, then set the bowl with the chocolate on it and let the chocolate warm up enough until everything is melted.
Frequently asked questions:
Keep the truffles in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to serve them.
Serve the truffles cold and be careful not to inhale before biting into them!
You can store the truffles in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
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Spiced Chocolate Truffles with Crystallized Ginger
- measuring cups and spoons
- knife and cutting board
- rubber spatula
- plastic wrap
- melon baller OR spring-loaded 2-teaspoon scoop OR spoon
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder
- pinch of salt
- 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (I used Ghirardelli 60 percent cacao bittersweet chocolate baking bars)*
- ¼ cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
- unsweetened cocoa powder to roll the truffles in
- Add cream, butter, spice and salt to a saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Pour the hot cream mix over the chocolate and let sit for 2 minutes.
- Stir together until everything is well combined and no large chocolate clumps remain. (You may need to heat the mixture over a pot of simmering water to get rid of the last clumps.)
- Stir in the crystallized ginger.
- Cover and put in the fridge for 3 hours.
- With a melon baller, a spring-loaded 2-teaspoon scoop or a spoon, scoop out the chocolate and quickly roll into balls with your hands.
- Roll each ball in the cocoa powder.
- Keep the truffles in the fridge until you're ready to serve them and don't inhale when you bite into them.