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This recipe for Witch Truffles produces adorable dark chocolate truffles decorated to look like little witch heads! These Halloween candies are creepy, spooky, and perfect for Halloween parties.
- 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped (about 1-1/2 cups)
- 2/3 cup cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 40 Tic-Tac mints
- 20 chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreos)
- 40 chocolate kisses
- 1 lb green candy coating (or white coating + green coloring)
- 4 oz chocolate coating
1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Place the chopped chocolate in a large bowl.
2. Place the cream in a small saucepan and scald it until bubbles being to appear around the sides of the pan. Pour the cream over the chocolate and allow it to soften and melt the chocolate for one minute.
3. Using a whisk, gently stir to incorporate the cream and chocolate. Add the vanilla and stir until well-combined, but do not stir too vigorously or you will incorporate air bubbles.
4. Cover the truffle mixture with cling wrap and allow it to cool to room temperature. Once cool, refrigerate until it is firm enough to spoon, about 2 hours.
5. While you're waiting for the ganache to firm up, twist the sandwich cookies apart and scrape off the filling, so you're left with 40 thin chocolate cookie discs. Unwrap the kisses and set aside.
6. Using a teaspoon or cookie dough scoop, form small 1-inch balls from the ganache and roll them between your palms to make them round. Dust your palms with cocoa powder if they start to get sticky. Depending on the size of your truffles, you should get 30-40 in a batch. Place the truffles on the baking sheet, and once all of them are rolled, press a Tic-Tac firmly in the middle of each truffle so that it protrudes. This will be the witch noses. Return the truffles to the refrigerator to chill for another hour.
7. Once the truffles are firm, melt the green candy coating, or use white coating and add some green candy coloring to tint it green. Dip the truffles in the coating and replace them on the baking sheet.
8. Once all the truffles are dipped, melt the chocolate candy coating and place it in a Ziploc bag. Cut a small hole in the corner of the bag. Pipe two small eyes above the nose on each witch face. Quickly move the bag back and forth over the top of the truffles, drizzling thin strands of chocolate over the sides to look like witches' hair.
9. While the chocolate hair is still wet, press a cookie on top of each truffle. Dot the bottom of the kisses with a little more chocolate coating, and press a kiss firmly in the middle of each cookie to complete the witches' hats.
10. Refrigerate the truffles to set the coating, for about 15 minutes. Witch Truffles can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. For best taste and texture bring them to room temperature before serving.