Monday, March 5, 2012

Root Beer Float Chocolate truffles


I bought this bottle of root beer vodka purely by impulse because of my childhood love of root beer and out of root beer depravation from years of living in Germany.


Before I even started experimenting with making cocktails, my first idea was to make root beer float truffles. It's the whole mind always wandering to baking thing. You know what that's like. In the end the vodka wasn't essential to making the truffles, it was just the inspiration. These taste just as good without.

The taste is not pure root beer float, you can taste the chocolate as well. I initially thought this wouldn't be a good thing and kept adding more root beer flavor to diminish the chocolate taste. I couldn't disguise it and it didn't matter anyway. They are delicious, decadent and a unique treat for root beer freaks like me.



Root Beer Float Chocolate truffles
(Adapted from the Chocolate Truffles Recipe from Joy of Baking)


For the Chocolate Root Beer section:

Ingredients:
  • 8 ounces milk chocolate chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter cut into pieces
  • 3 tablespoons root beer extract
  • 2 tablespoons root beer vodka (optional)
  • Brown glitter sugar (optional)

Directions:
  • Place chocolate into a heat proof bowl.
  • In a small saucepan heat cream and butter.
  • Add root beer extract and bring to a boil.
  • Pour the hot mixture over the chopped chocolate and stir until everything is melted.
  • Mix in the root beer vodka.
  • Place in refrigerator and chill until solid.

For the Cream section:


Ingredients:
  • 4 ounces white chocolate chopped into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoons butter cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste.

Directions:
  • Place chocolate into a heat proof bowl.
  • In a small saucepan heat cream and butter.
  • Add vanilla bean paste and bring to a boil.
  • Pour the hot mixture over the chopped chocolate and stir until everything is melted.
  • Place in refrigerator and chill until solid.

Assembling the truffles:

  • Use a 3/4 chocolate root beer to 1/4 cream truffle proportion. 
  • Remove both mixtures from the fridge. Using teaspoon, scoop out the root beer section first. Roll it between your palms to form a ball.
  • Scoop the smaller cream section out of the bowl and place it on top of the truffle.  Roll it between your palms again.
  • At this point I opted to roll the truffle in brown glitter sugar to finish it off. You can leave it plain or use chocolate sprinkles, plain sugar or cocoa, whatever you like. 
  • If the truffles get too soft to work with, place them in the freezer for 5-10 minutes until they are hard enough to hold their shape.
  • Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

9 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, these look so cute and so decadent! I can't remember when I had a root beer last!

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  2. Buying root beer vodka purely by impulse is the the best impulse. Seriously.

    I've really got to get some root beer extract. I've tried to make the flavour from scratch, using herbs and spices and the like, but I've never gotten it down. You and your truffles have bent my will, and now I've got some serious purchasing to do.

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  3. This is a combo of my two favourite things-truffles and root beer! :D

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  4. My mind has uncontrollable baking wanderings also! These truffles sound delicious...a perfect use of that vodka!

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  5. My mom is a huge fan of both root beer and chocolate. These would make a perfect birthday present for her!

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  6. You always do so well at thinking outside the box! There's a lot of root beer(and floats) lovers here so I'll have to try this(with root beer)! What a nice surprise it will be:)

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  7. wow! Root beer eh?! So creative! I am loving all this madness in your kitchen! <3

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  8. That's a fun idea! I have wondered about those flavored vodkas from Three Olives ... so I take it they're good?

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