Bacon-Chipotle-Espresso Truffles & Valentine’s Food Artisan #Giveaway!

Bacon Chipotle Espresso Truffles Valentines Day BoulderLocavore.com

Love is meant to be shared as are great resources.  One of my favorite spots to find unique, one-of-a-kind, artisan items is Etsy.com.  Etsy is an online marketplace where artisans of all sorts, craftspeople and resellers congregate with unique shops from which to browse and buy special and handcrafted items.  Over time I’ve built a relationship with some of those shops through buying their wares and feedback from readers and friends who have done the same.  Two of these food artisans are teaming with Boulder Locavore in the spirit of Valentine’s Day and offering some of their treats in a giveaway!

Before diving headlong into the details I felt I needed to share a confection of my own: Bacon-Chipotle-Espresso Truffles.  If there is a chocolate season this is surely it, with chocolate being the iconic Valentine’s gift.  I however think the virtues of ‘heat’ are often overlooked and isn’t it the smoldering passion of love we all crave?  Or at least the smoldering heat of chipotle?

Bacon Chipotle Espresso Truffles Valentines Day BoulderLocavore.com

I have an informal culinary ‘bucket list’ of those things I have never made and feel sure I need to at least once.  Tamales, gluten free homemade pasta, a really wicked soufflé; those types of things.  I have, until now, never made Truffles.  I’ve heard tell how easy they are but just have never done it.  So feeling they were a perfect match for this post I set about conjuring something for Valentine’s Day.  Never liking to do what has been done many times before I found myself pondering flavor combinations I like and ‘breakfast’ came to mind.  Sunday-morning-over-the-New-York-Times kind of breakfast.  One thing lead to another and these truffles were born.

They could be called ‘Southwestern Truffles’ or ‘Urban Breakfast Truffles’ and that might be more smooth but the three core ingredients meld together to yield a triumvirate of bold flavor.  The chipotle comes on slowly building to a nice heat without blowing one’s head off.  The bacon lends to a familiar association with the hominess we love about weekend breakfasts, without taking over.  And the espresso threads through all with an earthy, primal, rustic quality making these a different kind of confection.  Made with high-quality bittersweet chocolate they are almost bordering on a savory truffle.  They taste serious, flirting with being sweet only.  I love them and hope you will too!

Bacon Chipotle Espresso Truffles Valentines Day {gluten free} BoulderLocavore.com

Bacon-Chipotle-Espresso Truffles

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 5 hours

Yield: 70 bite-sized truffles

A smoldering-sweet bite of bacon, chipotle and espresso create a dramtic truffle perfect to 'wow' for any occasion especially Valentine's Day!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy Whipping Cream
  • ½ cup prepared Espresso
  • 1 tablespoon Chipotle Chiles, ground
  • 1 tablespoon ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/3 cup (approximately 3 thick sliced uncooked) Pepper Bacon; trimmed of visible fat, cooked, drained and finely diced (not crispy)
  • 1 pound good quality Bittersweet Chocolate 70% cacao (I used Scharffen Berger)
  • Confectioner’s sugar (1/2 cup to ¾ cups) and Pearl Dust for dusting the truffles*

Instructions

  1. Combine heavy cream, espresso, chipotle, cinnamon, salt and bacon in a heavy saucepan. Over high heat bring to a boil. Turn off heat, cover and allow to sit for 2 hours.
  2. Chop the bittersweet chocolate into slivers. Reheat cream mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low; add the chocolate and stir until chocolate has totally melted (about 5 minutes).
  3. Line a 13x9 baking pan with parchment paper. Pour chocolate mixture into pan and cover with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator until set (2-4 hours).
  4. Using a melon ball scoop (1 inch diameter) or round teaspoon, scoop a heaping portion of the truffle and gently roll between palms of your hands to form a ball. Take care to smooth out any creases which will yield a better visual effect when dusted. Place formed truffles on a wax paper or parchment paper lined baking sheet and place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to chill.
  5. In a flat, small plate sift powdered sugar or place Pearl Dust. Gently roll truffles one by one to fully cover. Return them to the lined baking tray to chill in the refrigerator for an additional 30 minutes before serving. Can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or frozen in a tightly sealed container and thawed for later use.

Notes

*A little goes a long way with the confectioners’ sugar and the Pearl Dust. I used 2 vials of Pearl Dust as well as confectioner’s sugar (each on different truffles, not combined on one) to coat the entire batch. Note: the confectioners’ sugar adds a nice contrasting sweetness to the truffles; the Pearl Dust does not add flavor, only ‘bling’! Pearl Dust colors used: Bronze (# 703-214; looks like copper) and Gold (#703-216; looks like bronze). Available online, at cake decorating supply stores and craft stores such as Michael’s.

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Bacon Chipotle Espresso Truffles Valentines Day BoulderLocavore.com

I stumbled upon Lori’s Place on Etsy on a dreary snowy day two years ago only to find the most beautiful cookies I’d ever seen.  Come to learn Lori, the proprietor and baker extraordinaire had paired her art background, with a love of baking and her Grandmother’s prize shortbread recipe to produce the most beautiful, delicious cookies I feel sure you’ve experienced.  Her attention to detail is impeccable as is her sense of whimsy and fun.  If you peruse either of her sites, Lori’s Place and Lori’s Place Gourmet Delights (non-Etsy) you’ll find an array of inspired cookies for all occasions.  I can attest I’ve sent them to many, as have friends and the response has been nothing short of sheer delight.  Her cookies are not gluten free so I’ve only admired them live but I feel confident in the reports that they may be the best shortbread cookie you’ll ever enjoy.

Dell Cove Spices caught my eye last year with their fun collection of cocktail glass rimming sugars and their festive Valentine’s popcorn sugar blend.  Their creativity abounds and there is no denying the visual excitement of their blends.  They hand grind all the spices and sugar blends they make to ensure prime freshness.  After publishing the suggestion of the popcorn sugar last year the photograph was pinned on Pinterest hundreds of times.  They truly offer out-of-the-box ideas for gifts and fun food enhancements.

This Valentine’s Food Artisan giveaway includes:

 Dell Cove Spices is sharing {a $25 value} a Gift Set containing:

  • 10 ounce tube of DCS Red Diamond Valley popcorn kernels,
  • 1 tin of DCS strawberry-vanilla shake popcorn seasoning with tiny sugar hearts,
  • 1 tin of DCS classic kettle corn popcorn seasoning with tiny sugar hearts,
  • A description card that talks about the popcorn kernels,
  • Directions of how to pop popcorn the old-fashioned way,
  • A recipe card of how to make popcorn balls,
  • An 8-pack of popcorn bags to hold your snacks,
  • A four-pack of gourmet, heart-shaped flavored sugar cubes.
Dell Cove Spices 'Valentine's Kettle Corn seasoning'. Photo Credit: Selena Vallejo Photography

Dell Cove Spices ‘Valentine’s Kettle Corn seasoning’. Photo Credit: Selena Vallejo Photography

Lori’s Place is sharing {a $24.99 value}:  6 large Crochet Heart Cookies.  Editorial comment: Are you not completely in awe of this workmanship?  I shutter to imagine what they’d look like if I tried to make this design…

Lori's Place 'Crochet Heart Valentine Cookies'. Photo Credit: Lori's Place.

Lori’s Place ‘Crochet Heart Valentine Cookies’. Photo Credit: Lori’s Place

Both items will be prepared fresh and shipped to your door to arrive by Valentine’s Day {a total value of $50.00}!

To enter the Giveaway (open to U.S. residents/U.S. shipping addresses only):   {CLOSED}

  1. Leave a comment saying ‘I love Valentine’s Day!’

For Additional entries (please leave a separate comment for each entry verifying what you have done; if you are already doing any of these, leave a separate comment for each one stating that):

  1. Follow BoulderLocavore on Pinterest.
  2. Follow Lori’s Place on Twitter.
  3. Go to either Lori’s Place or Lori’s Place Gourmet Delights and leave a comment below naming another cookie that catches your eye!
  4. Follow Dell Cove Spices on Google +.
  5. Like Dell Cove Spices on Facebook.
  6. Tweet about the Giveaway including a link to this post and @BoulderLocavore using the Shareholic button below.
  7. Post on Facebook about this Giveaway including a link to this post and @BoulderLocavore using the Shareholic button below.

Total of 8 possible entries!!!

No purchase required. Void where prohibited by law. Must be 18 or older to enter.

Giveaway will run through midnight (Mountain Standard Time) Tuesday,  February 5, 2013. At that time a winner will be selected via Random.org and will be posted here Wednesday, February 6, 2013.

The Winner is:  Grace Boyle!

Bacon Chipotle Espresso Truffles Valentines Day BoulderLocavore.com

Comments

  1. Debbie Bour says

    I will be making these truffles as a special treat for me(birthday treat,13th),taking them to the casino in Michigan and sharing with family members who will be there. These sound awesome.

  2. Heidi says

    I love Valentine’s Day!

    I am planning to make these with a friend in the next week–look yummy, and I didn’t know about Pearl Dust!

    • says

      Unfortunately Kate if you short change the chilling time they generally do not stay together well. You can certainly experiment but the times indicated in the recipe are the times that provide the truffles turn out as desired. Good luck!

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