February 12, 2014

Nutella Truffles For Your Gluten Free Valentine


After yesterday's post mentioning Annie's Valentine's Day fruit snacks, I got the itch to make some homemade Valentine's Day candies.

Years ago, I bought some candy molds and made these Weight Watcher's Raspberry-Chocolate Cups. I dug those molds out and decided to use what was in my pantry instead of buying raspberry jam to make these delicious treats. What'd I come up with? Nutella.

Luckily I had a package of the new Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels they sent me to use as my melting chocolate. It's dairy, nut, and soy free and 69% cacao. Obviously they are gluten free, and just like all Enjoy Life products, free of the Top 8 Allergens. These morsels are also verified by the non-GMO project. So bottom line: These morsels are amazing. I don't normally have chocolate chips in my home, so I want to thank Enjoy Life for making these truffles happen.

Using Nutella defeats the purpose of making allergen free truffles, but you can use whatever safe-for-you filling you'd like. SunbutterDandie's marshmallows, fruit jam...whatever! That's the joy of chocolate...it goes with everything!

Although I used candy molds, you don't need them, you can also use the candy cups as the original recipe does.

Nutella Truffles
adapted from Weight Watchers Raspberry-Chocolate Cups
Makes 24 truffle hearts

4oz Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels
1/3 cup Nutella

Melt chocolate either in a double boiler on the stove or in a microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments stirring after each 30 seconds until chocolate is completely melted.

Spoon a small amount of melted chocolate into the candy mold or a foil candy cup. Use a small paint brush to spread chocolate evenly over the bottom and up the sides of the mold or cup. Fill and brush the remaining molds/cups and place them in the refrigerate for 3-5 minutes or until chocolate is firm.

The paint brush step is pretty important...and kinda fun.
Just be sure to use a new paint brush!

Spoon about a teaspoon of Nutella into each chocolate-lined mold or cup and use a knife to smooth tops.

Reheat remaining melted chocolate so it's smooth again. Spoon just enough of the melted chocolate to cover the top of Nutella in each mold or cup. Use the paint brush to spread chocolate to sides so that it seals in Nutella. Repeat with remaining molds or cups.

Refrigerate 3-5 minutes or until chocolate is firm. Gently pop out truffles (if using molds) over wax paper, plate 'em, and enjoy!

Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate + Nutella = Love

Not a chocolate fan? May I suggest my Heart Shaped Butter Cookies?

What's your favorite treat to make or give to your Valentine?

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