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Make sure that you use regular eggnog (sometimes labeled "traditional" or "premium") as opposed to the "light" varieties. Light or low-calorie eggnog doesn't have enough milkfat to produce a rich, luxurious truffle.
Yield: 40 1" truffles
- 2 cups (12 ounces) chopped white chocolate or white chocolate chips
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) butter, at room temperature
- 1/3 cup eggnog (not "light" variety)
- 1/4-1/2 tsp nutmeg, plus more to decorate
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 12 ounces white chocolate candy coating
1. In a medium bowl, combine the white chocolate, the salt, and the butter. Place the eggnog in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and bring it to a simmer.
2. Once the eggnog is simmering and bubbles are forming around the edges of the pan, pour the hot eggnog over the white chocolate. Let it sit for a minute to soften the chocolate, then gently whisk everything together until the chocolate is dissolved and the mixture is smooth and free of lumps. If there are pockets of chocolate that won't dissolve, microwave the mixture in 6-second intervals, whisking well after each one, just until the chocolate dissolves.
3. Add 1/4 tsp of nutmeg and whisk it in. Once incorporated, taste the ganache, and add an additional 1/4 tsp nutmeg if desired.
4. Press a layer of cling wrap on top of the ganache, and refrigerate it until firm enough to scoop, at least 2 hours.
5. Once firm, use a spoon or a small candy scoop to form the truffle mixture into small 1-inch balls. Roll the balls between your palms to make them round. If they start to get sticky, dust your palms with powdered sugar periodically to keep them from sticking. Place the rolled truffles on a foil-covered baking sheet.
6. Melt the white chocolate candy coating in the microwave until it is fluid and free of lumps. Use a fork or dipping tools to dip the truffles one by one into the coating. Let excess coating drip back into the bowl, then place the truffle back on the foil-covered baking sheet. While the coating is still wet, sprinkle the top of the truffles with a light dusting of nutmeg, if desired.
7. Once all the truffles are dipped, let the coating set completely. Eggnog Truffles can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. For the best taste and texture, let them come to room temperature before serving.