Truffle/bonbon storage issue
I finally got around to making my first truffles yesterday. And may I add that they are fantastic!
But as I lay in bed trying to fall asleep, I got all kinds of perplexed about the storage issue.
No one refrigerates truffles from fine chocolatiers, right? And those truffles (aka bonbons) do have cream in them. Right? So when I made the gingerbread truffles, I boiled cream with spices in them before adding the dark chocolate. So, I do I, or don't I have to refrigerate the truffles?
The second kind of truffle I found was a cream cheese truffle and I'm assuming they have to be refrigerated since they are uncooked.
great question, I ask myself the same thing every year when I make them at Christmas... So far we've been storing them at room temp and nobody has reported any illness, although they only last about a week, tops.
(I like the gingerbread truffles idea, i'll try it next year)
Thank you, dolores. I haven't posted it yet. I just finished the truffles yesterday and uploaded the pics this morning. I still have to write out the post.
We ate some last night when we had friends over and everyone loved them. I'm also giving them to people who haven't yet gotten my cookie gift.
I'll post them later today or tomorrow.
Thanks. Oh and to answer your question. I know it's heresy, but I get incredible truffles online from a source in Vermont and freeze them (I know, I know) in order not to eat them all in 10 minutes or less.
When I thaw them out or nuke them (I know, I know), they're still perfectly delish to me.
A lot depends on water content. The higher the water content, the shorter the shelf life. If the ganache has a high percentage of sugar or alcohol, either will increase the shelf life. Are your truffles firm at room temperature? Storing cocoa-dusted truffles in the fridge is fine, if they get a little damp from condensation you can just roll them in more cocoa. Molded chocolates do not fare as well when going from one temperature to another, and are better stored in a cool dry place but not the refrigerator.