Campus is Cookin’:Chocolate Truffles

Become a master chocolatier right in the middle of Paresky Commons by treating your taste buds to the smooth, sensual luxury of a homemade chocolate truffle!

Chocolate truffles make a delectable last-minute gift for your friends or significant other.

Fill a medium-sized bowl halfway with chocolate chips and top it off with a spoonful of butter. Place the bowl in the microwave for about two minutes, mixing the chocolate occasionally so it does not burn. Remove from heat when the mixture is smooth and glossy.

With your fingers, crush two unopened packets of graham crackers until they become a coarse golden powder.

One packet at a time, stir the graham cracker crumbs into the chocolate mixture until it forms a firm, rich consistency. Depending on how much chocolate is used, both packets of crackers may not be needed.

Now it’s time to get creative. For a crave-worthy cranberry truffle, add a scoop of cranberries from the salad bar or Power Bar to the rich chocolate mixture. For a mouth-watering mocha truffle, mix in a dash of strong black coffee with some extra graham cracker crumbs to keep the mixture from getting too runny. Try adding a lick of peanut butter or finely minced orange peel.

Once you’ve mixed in the extras, use a spoon to form the stiff mixture into one-inch wide balls. Roll between the palms of your hands to form perfect spheres.

For a classic truffle, roll each chocolate sphere in a generous amount of cocoa powder, found next to the cappuccino machine in Lower Left. On days that Paresky provides an extended topping bar, try rolling the truffles in crushed Oreos or dried coconut.

Dig in, and be sure to savor each decadent morsel!