Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, I can shamelessly indulge in my candy cane obsession. I usually try to hold off until after Halloween and Thanksgiving to break them out but that isn’t always easy to do. Why would grocery stores start featuring shelves full of them earlier and earlier each year if it wasn’t socially acceptable to make candy cane everything?
Much like during the summer, I find an increase in social engagements during the holiday season. More invitations means more hostess gifts. In attempt to be seasonally relevant with this, I decided to combine chocolate and candy canes!
I went light on the peppermint extract because I wanted more of a subtle flavor to let the chocolate flavor dominate but if you want them to carry more of a punch, double the peppermint extract.
When these truffles are put in mini muffin wrappers they look so much fancier, making them perfect for gifts! I found these little red boxes and gold ribbon (photographed below) at Michael’s but the Container Store also has some adorable options.
Ready to start cranking these out for all of your holiday parties?
- 10 Ounces bittersweet chocolate
- ¾ Cup heavy cream
- 1 Teaspoon peppermint extract
- 5 Candy canes
- Place chocolate in a medium bowl and set aside (If it is in bar form, break apart with your hands)
- Heat the heavy cream over medium heat on the stove top until it starts to simmer
- Pour over chocolate and let sit for 5 minutes
- Stir chocolate mixture until completely melted
- Once completely smooth, mix in the peppermint extract.
- Place in fridge until hard – about 2 hours
- In a food processor, pulse candy canes to break apart into smaller pieces and powder
- Pour crushed candy canes into a bowl
- Once chocolate has hardened, remove from fridge and using a spoon or clean hands, form into 1 inch balls
- Roll each ball in the bowl of candy cane pieces until fully coated
- Continue forming truffles until all of the chocolate is used up
- Keep truffles refrigerated
Note: Don’t roll the truffles in the candy canes too far in advance. If the truffles get warm the candy cane pieces will melt and while it will still taste delicious, it will not look appetizing