Hot choclate balls at home in few simple steps
Hot choclate balls
These ‘hot chocolate’ balls, also known as hot chocolate truffles, are incredibly easy to make and taste a million times better than the powdered stuff. If you didn’t watch the video, then you can follow the steps below.
12 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream (or half-and-half)
¼ tsp. salt
Step 1: Combine the Ingredients
In a microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate, heavy cream (or half-and-half if you prefer to keep it a little lighter), and salt, then stir to mix.
Step 2: Heat the Ingredients
Place your bowl into the microwave and heat on high for 2 minutes. After 1 minute has passed, pause the microwave setting and stir again. Place the bowl back into the microwave and allow it to finish cooking.
When you remove the bowl from the microwave, you should be able to stir the mixture into a smooth concentrate of melted chocolate, or ganache, as seen below. If your chocolate is still not completely melted, heat it in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time and stir until the consistency is correct.
Step 3: Cool Your Mixture
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 2 hours, or until the chocolate is firm and scoopable.
Step 4: Divide Your Chocolate into Individual Portions
Use an ice cream scoop or cookie dough scoop to portion 3 Tbsp. sized balls of hot chocolate concentrate onto a plate until the bowl is empty.
Step 5: Store & Freeze
Wrap each ball in plastic wrap, then place in an airtight ziplock bag. The chocolate concentrate can be placed in either a fridge for up to 5 days or the freezer for up to 2 months.
Step 6: When Ready to Use, Unwrap, Heat, & Enjoy!
When you’re ready to enjoy your creamy cuppa, remove a single portion from the ziplock bag, unwrap, and drop into a 1 cup of milk (any kind). Then, heat the milk in the microwave for 2 minutes (or until the chocolate completely dissolves in the milk) and stir. Delicious!
I love this idea and can’t wait to build a wide selection for my friends and family at home to sample on cold, blustery nights. If you’ve been inspired to do the same, let us know how you’ve enjoyed your own hot cuppa in the comments
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