Believe it or not truffles are actually quite simple to make! To create your own truffle bar, whip up some simple old-fashioned truffles (see recipe below) and set aside.
Pick at least four toppings you think your guests would enjoy. I chose cocoa, confectioners sugar, crushed hazelnuts and coconut. Display each topping in a small bowl, with a miniature spoon and a little tag.
Place the “un-dipped” truffles on a cake stand or some type of platter with toothpicks or tongs close by. Use the mini spoon to help roll the truffles around to make sure they are extra coated in your topping of choice.
The small details are what bring the bar to life and leave your guests feeling impressed. Simple flower arrangements, charming paper straws, twine and even the all-white bowls and platters will make a huge difference in the aesthetics of the bar. As an extra touch, at the end of the truffle bar, have some mini white boxes and twine available for the guests who want to package them up for a late night treat.
Here is the truffle recipe I used from the one and only Ina Garten:
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 oz bitter sweet chocolate chopped
4 oz semi sweet chocolate chopped
1 1/2 tablespoon Grand Marnier (or hazelnut extract)
1 tablespoon prepared coffee
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Heat the heavy cream just under boiling, it will boil quickly so put it to simmer until it’s hot.
2 Chop the chocolate and place in a glass bowl. Pour the hot heavy cream over the chocolate to melt the chunks.
3 Add the vanilla, hot coffee and Grand Marnier.
4 Mix until melted and refrigerate for 45 minutes.
5 With a small scooper or spoon, place little balls on parchment paper. They don’t need to be perfectly shaped, as truffles are usually not exactly round.
6 Place on a platter and let your guests dip away!
Eden Passante is the owner of Sugar and Charm, a boutique event design and planning company, focusing on creating the most charming, unique and sweet events. Photography by Zan Passante.