You know that smell when you sautee crushed garlic in a pool of butter?

That.

Right there.

That is what makes me happy.

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Dark chocolate earl grey truffles

Dark chocolate earl grey truffles

 
 

Hidden in the beautiful streets of Greytown in small town Wairarapa, New Zealand, is a gem of a chocolate shop called Shoc. They do all sorts of amazing and unexpected flavour combinations, such as geranium, smoked paprika, carrot and coriander, and (you guessed it), earl grey. The best part is, they have samples of all the flavours.

Thankfully for my soul (but not for my wallet), they have a store just around the corner from my work. And I've justified popping out for a more expensive block of Shoc chocolate (of which I'll only eat a couple of squares at a time) than heading to the corner store and buying a much cheaper bar of regular dark chocolate, which I'm much more prone to inhaling, without even thinking about it. 

This chocolate inspired these wee truffles. Dairy free, gluten free, vegan, and totally addictive. They make fantastic gifts, or just the perfect morsel to whip out after a fantastic meal and croon to your guests, why yes, I did make these from scratch. And here's the secret; they're wickedly simple to make!

Earl grey is a firm favourite - the floral notes are just enough to pair against the dark chocolate, and feel like you're having something just a wee bit different, without it being a full blown bonanza. Dark, sultry, sophisticated... Not at all like me. But I love the combination nonetheless. 

I steep the earl grey leaves in coconut milk to bring out its flavour, then strain out. But if you feel like changing up the flavour combo, it's super easy. Just switch out the earl grey below with whatever flavour you feel like trying, and steep that flavour in the warm coconut milk to infuse before adding the chocolate. Try fresh orange zest, coffee beans, or a crack or two of black pepper.

 

Dark chocolate earl grey truffles

Makes approx 30 small truffles

 
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