Truffles come in a wide variety of flavours and coatings, all of which can be personalized. Truffles are also quite simple to make if you follow a trusted recipe. There are many reasons to give a gift, holidays, birthdays, graduations, baby showers, housewarming parties, and weddings just to name a few of the possibilities. Regardless, truffles make an excellent gift for any occasion, provided of course that the receiver is not allergic to any of the ingredients. What you will find here is a list of tips to help you find the very best truffles for any occasion.
This first thing that you need to do is determine what type of truffle that you want to purchase or make. Truffles are made with chocolate so the most common flavour is simple chocolate. This can come on the form of milk chocolate truffles, dark chocolate truffles, semi-sweet chocolate truffles, or even bittersweet chocolate truffles. Beyond this, the flavour additive possibilities are endless. Any flavour extract or liquor can be used to create an amazing flavour creation. The most commonly used flavours are strawberry, orange, and vanilla. There are many other possibilities, but these three are the most common after milk and dark chocolate. Also, flavours can be combined to create even more possibilities.
Once you know the type of truffle you want, it will be easier to find them. The first question you need to ask yourself is whether you want to purchase the truffles or make them yourself. Both are perfectly acceptable options, but not everyone is interested in baking. This is the biggest, and sometimes the only deciding factor when deciding whether to make or buy.
If you have decided to make the truffles yourself, you will need to start with a recipe. There are many different variations, each one with their own merits and downfalls. Once, the only way to find a recipe was to search through cookbooks until you found the recipe that you need. Now, it is possible to search through many resources with a few clicks of a keyboard. The internet brings together resources from all over the world and puts them together to make them easily accessible to anyone who searches. Because there are so many variations of the recipe, you will have to decide which one you want to use.
On the flip side, if you have decided that you would prefer to purchase you will need to decide whether you want to buy locally or order. If you want to purchase truffles locally, you will need to know where they are available in your area. Almost any bakery will sell truffles as part of their regular stock. The benefit of buying from a local bakery is that the truffles are guaranteed to be fresh every day. This is why so many people choose to buy locally instead of order. It is important to note that ordering has become far easier than it once was and it is entirely possible to get fresh truffles by ordering from an out of town company. Regardless, purchasing locally remains one of the choices and as such, it is important to know how to find the best option in your area. The best way to find a complete list of options (unless you live in a very small town), is to take to the internet for local listings. For those that do live in a particularly small or rural area, consider looking outside of your immediate area, neighbouring towns, maybe even neighbouring counties.
Buying online and having truffles shipped right your door or to the door of whomever you are gifting them to is an excellent option depending on your preferences. There are many companies that sell exclusively online and there are also companies and bakeries that have a physical location and offer shipped items through a website. There are many places to buy chocolate delights online, all you have to do is look for the type of delight that you want. It is incredibly easy to find exactly what you are looking for online, all it takes is the most accurate and appropriate search terms. There are several possibilities including using the word “bakery” or simply use “chocolate truffles”. You will get slightly different results for different keywords. For example, if you use the term “chocolate truffles”, you will get places to buy them, but you will also be presented with recipes and general information about truffles such as where they originated and what they are made from. Once you find the “right” keywords, you will find a myriad of options and possibilities.
There are also some catalogues available from various companies that allow you to order in that fashion. Once, this was the only way to order anything. Looking through a catalogue, picking out what you want, and then filling out an order form and sending it into the company along with payment information, generally a credit card. This method remained incredibly popular for many years, so much so that it is still an option for some companies today, competing with the vast possibilities of the internet. There is something to be said for that kind of sustainability, obviously ordering from a catalogue satisfies some sort of desire. If this is the option that you prefer, you will need to look into having the catalogue mailed to you. To do this, you will likely need to call the company in question and request that they mail one to you.