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Gin and Tonic Truffles – the perfect homemade Christmas gift. Ideal for a gin or chocolate lover in your life!
What’s better than gin and tonic? Gin and tonic AND chocolate. Who knew?!
I’ve been planning my festive food gift making for weeks, including batches of my Cookies and Cream Slow Cooker Fudge, but fancied making something a little more grown up for my girlfriends.
This is the last of my recipes for Waitrose as part of their #ChristmasTogether competition. I wrote about it on my Cranberry and Brie Pull Apart Bread recipe, but in case you missed it, Waitrose are encouraging people to share photos of how they are sharing food at Christmas. If you post a photo and use #ChristmasTogether and tag Waitrose, you could win some amazing prizes to share with a loved one. What a brilliant Christmas together that would be.
Please do share your photos and enter, I’d so love one of my readers to win!
So, onto these truffles. Every year I try and make some homemade food gifts. It’s stretched from the sublime to the ridiculous if I’m honest.
One year I spent MONTHS preparing homemade hampers for everyone, rather exhausting myself in the process. Totally worth it for the happy oohs and aaahs as they opened them though. There’s something really special about the love and care that goes into a homemade food gift isn’t there?
For me, it’s part of the spirit of Christmas. Spending time, doing something thoughtful for loved ones. Oh and chocolate obvs.
Tips for making the Gin and Tonic Truffles recipe:
- Be sure to use good quality dark and white chocolate for the recipe (available at Waitrose of course!) It really does make a difference to the finished product.
- Take great care when melting your chocolates. Do it slowly and gently over a pan of simmering water or in a microwave, stopping to stir regularly. The best lesson I’ve ever learned about melting chocolate is do it SLOWLY.
- Use whichever gin you have or fancy.
- I used a drizzle of leftover chocolate to flick across the top of them for the zigzag effect.
- Package up in small boxes to give as gifts.
- For testing any kind of citrus fruit, I cannot even tell you how much this zester has changed my kitchen life! Available from Amazon and a brilliant investment: Microplane Premium Zester. I LOVE it!
How to make the Gin and Tonic Truffles recipe:
Gin and Tonic Truffles
Gin and Tonic Truffles - the perfect homemade Christmas gift. Ideal for a gin or chocolate lover in your life!
- 400 g Dark chocolate
- 200 ml Double cream
- 50 ml Gin
- 50 ml Tonic water
- 1 Lime juice and zest
- 300 g White chocolate to coat
Gently melt the dark chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water (don't allow the bowl to touch the water).
Remove from the heat and stir in the double cream, gin, tonic, lime juice and lime zest. Mix until totally combined and smooth.
Pop into the fridge, uncovered, for 2 hours or overnight.
Remove from the fridge and with clean hands, form into small, walnut sized balls. Place them onto baking paper and pop back into the fridge for 2 hours or freezer for 1 hour.
Meanwhile melt the white chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water.
Remove the truffles from the fridge or freezer and dip to coat in the white chocolate, tapping off any excess.
Allow the chocolate to set totally before serving. Serve the truffles at room temperature.
- If you would like a smoother, neater looking truffle, double the amount of white chocolate and repeat by coating again after the first dip has set.
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