Chocolate truffle shells are a great alternative to creating your truffles from scratch. They are basically hollow spheres of chocolate with an opening on one side so you can easily fill them with any fluid ganache, caramel, praline, fruit coulis, liqueur, or cream filling.
You can buy pre-made truffle shells; they are commonly available in dark, milk, and white varieties. You can also make them on your own, provided you have the right chocolate mould. A chocolate truffle shell mould is usually a two-piece magnetic mould which snaps into place once the chocolatier has deposited a layer of chocolate inside the mould cavity to create a hollow casing.
After you fill the chocolate shell, flood the top with tempered chocolate to seal it and then enrobe the entire piece. To give your chocolate truffles the finishing you’re after, roll them in cocoa powder, chocolate shavings, vermicelli, or garnish with fruit or nuts. Shells are ideal for making your own chocolate gifts in a jiffy. They are also a convenient option for small chocolate businesses to cope with times of peak demand.
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