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How to Make Chocolate Truffles

With a few tips from Chef John, anyone can pull off professional-level chocolate truffles that make for an impressive edible gift. Make sure to use a scale so you can measure out exactly 60% as much cream as chocolate. The fun lies in the endless ways you can customize these; here, John sprinkles in gingerbread-inspired spices for a cozy holiday feel. You'll heat the cream until it just starts to simmer, pour it over the chocolate, and whisk persistently until a thick, dark ganache develops. Let it cool slightly before scooping up balls, which will look imperfect until you roll them in the coating of your choice. Here, John cloaks the balls in chocolate melted and tempered using a simple "seeding" technique. Grating a leftover gingersnap on top adds a festive finishing touch that mimics gold dust. Get the recipe for Chef John's Chocolate Truffles.

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