Here is the history of the chocolate truffles:Edit
The History of Chocolate TrufflesEdit
Chocolate Named After A FungusEdit
CAPSULE REPORT: Everyone loves a good chocolate truffle, but few people know how and why they taste as good as they do. In this article, learn about couverture, or coating, and a brief history of the truffle itself. Next time you bite into a chocolate truffle, you’ll appreciate the taste even more.
The word truffle has several meanings in the world of candy—like the word praline, you have to clarify what is being discussed. That’s because in different countries, words mean different things, and America, the great melting pot, has polyglot references to many things.
The History Of The Chocolate TruffleEdit
|A French invention, the original chocolate truffle was a ball of ganache, chocolate and cream, often flavored and rolled in cocoa as shown in the photo at the left. It was named after the precious black truffle fungus because of its physical resemblance.According to legend, the chocolate truffle was created in the kitchen of French culinary giant Auguste Escoffier during the 1920s. One day, as his stagiaire (apprentice) attempted to make pastry cream, he accidentally poured hot cream into a bowl of chocolate chunks rather than the bowl of sugared egg he should have aimed for. As the chocolate and cream mixture hardened, he found he could work the chocolate paste with his hands to form a bumpy, lopsided ball. After rolling the new creation in cocoa powder, he was struck by their resemblance to the luxurious truffles from the French Périgord region and the Piedmont area of Italy.
As the concept developed, different truffle textures were created by rolling the center ganache in white confectioners sugar or finely chopped nuts, and the ganache was flavored with Champagne and liqueurs.
Confusion: Term Is Co-OptedEdit
|Today, the term truffle is often used to in America to describe any filled chocolate, and it becomes very confusing. If you see a box labeled “chocolate truffles,” are you going to get round balls of ganache, or ganache-filled chocolates, such as the ones shown at the left? Or are you going to get a box of assorted cremes and other mixed chocolates?
A box of chocolates is like life: Unless you have a set of guarantees you can rely on, you have no idea what you’re going to get.
So What Is A Truffle?Edit
Understandable: balls of ganache, coated classic-style, or enrobed in chocolate. Also understandable: squares of ganache.
Modern truffles can be coated in peppercorns, sweet curry and paprika and can be enrobed in couverture. But they still have a commonality: balls, squares or other shapes, filled with ganache.
What Is Not A Truffle
Anything else, including fruit cremes and other creme centers, whipped cream-filled chocolates, and any filled chocolate that isn’t filled with ganache.Of course, our pronouncement here doesn’t stop any confectioner from selling whatever he or she wants as “truffles.” It just does a disservice to whomever sees it. We’re one country, we should have one standard. E trufflis unum.
'''''Note: This aticle is an addition the the article Regular Truffles.Truffles has been seperated from this one for the reasoning that chocolate truffles are made out of entirly different things and differetnt context.'''''