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Romantic Valentine's Day Truffles

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Truffles are a traditional gift for Valentine's Day, but you don't have to limit yourself to buying a dusty heart-shaped box from a store shelf. Try one of these romantic Valentine's Day truffle recipes, and surprise your valentine with fresh, handmade chocolates this year!

1. Champagne Truffles

Champagne Truffles
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Raise a glass to these Champagne Truffles! These white chocolate truffles have a light champagne flavor, making them perfect for romantic occasions like Valentine's Day. You can use any champagne whose taste you enjoy, just make sure you save some to drink! To really impress your valentine, finish these truffles off by decorating them with edible gold leaf, following the directions in this step-by-step gold leaf tutorial.

2. Raspberry Rose Truffles

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Raspberry Rose Truffles are gorgeous chocolate truffles with the delicate flavor of roses and tart, tangy raspberries. If you're bored with real roses, give your loved one a "bouquet" of these fruity and floral truffles for an extra-special Valentine's Day treat. To really gild the lily (or the chocolate, as it were) top your truffles with fondant petals.

3. Red Velvet Cake Truffles

Red Velvet Cake Truffles
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Want to make two Valentine's Desserts in one? Try this recipe for Red Velvet Cake Truffles! Red Velvet Cake Truffles are simply balls of delicious red velvet cake mixed with real cream cheese frosting. The truffles are then dipped in candy coating, for a moist, sweet, and tangy cake bite in candy form. They're delicious, and the striking red color inside the white coating is a beautiful Valentine's treat.

4. Heart of Gold Truffles

heart of gold truffles
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Show your love with Heart of Gold Truffles. These dazzling molded chocolate truffles sparkle with a gold coating. The secret to their shiny exterior is luster dust, an edible decoration that is brushed onto the finished chocolates. It takes just a few minutes but it elevate simple chocolate into the realm of edible art. Be sure to check out the tutorial showing how to make Heart of Gold Truffles.

5. Lovebug Truffles

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Lovebug Truffles are adorable ladybug-shaped truffles decorated with hearts. These cute critters are perfect for Valentine's Day, or any other romantic occasion. Be sure to check out the photo tutorial with step-by-step instructions showing how to make Lovebug Truffles!

6. Red Hot Love Truffles

Red Hot Love Truffles photo
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These slightly spicy, heart-shaped truffles are guaranteed to spice up your love life! Semi-sweet chocolate ganache is infused with crushed red peppers, to add a little heat to the rich chocolate. I like to finish these truffles with a little chipotle chili powder, to add a touch of smokiness, but you can substitute regular chili powder, cayenne, or omit the sprinkling entirely.

7. Passion Fruit Truffles

Passionfruit Truffles
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With a name like "passion fruit," you know these are guaranteed to be good truffles! These unusual truffles have an exotic white chocolate-passion fruit filling surrounded by rich semi-sweet chocolate. This truffle recipe is elegant and unexpected, with a fantastic blend of sweet and tart flavors.

8. Dark Chocolate Truffles

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It doesn't get any simpler--or more delicious--than this. Dark chocolate and cream come together to form divine, melt-in-your-mouth dark chocolate truffles. If your valentine appreciates classic good taste, then these Dark Chocolate Truffles are the way to go.

9. Mint Fudge Truffles

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This recipe for Mint Fudge Truffles is closer to many fudge recipes than the traditional ganache-based truffles. These truffles are smooth, creamy, and refreshingly minty.

10. Strawberry Fields Truffles

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Looking for a change from the traditional chocolate-dipped strawberries? Try chocolate-strawberry truffles instead! These Strawberry Fields Truffles are packed with strawberry flavor. They have both strawberry puree and chunks of real berries inside, resulting in a truffle so flavorful, you'll think you're eating a fresh-picked berry.

 

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