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Magic Mushroom Truffles

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There's magic in these mushrooms!  Actually, not magic. There's a secret ingredient that you would never guess that makes these truffles absolutely delicious! ....still guessing?

Avocado.

Yes way!

The basic truffles are simple to make, but of course there are always over-achievers in the bunch who want to take things a few steps further....
 
 
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Step 1: Basic Truffles supplies needed

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Mushroom Shaped Truffles
For the basic mushroom shaped truffles you will need the following:
 
Ingredients:

A) Truffle filling:

1 medium avocado (very ripe, soft to the touch)
1 cup high quality cocoa powder, such as Droste
3 cups 10X confectioners sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup unsalted butter

B) Candy coating:
14 oz vanilla (white) candy melts (or one 11 oz bag white chocolate chips )
14 oz bag light cocoa candy melts (or one 11 oz bag milk chocolate chips)
sugar decorating sprinkles
1 extra chocolate bar for decorating (..does anyone ever really have an "extra" chocolate bar in the house??)
 
Kitchen Utensils needed:
blender
electric mixer
empty ice cube trays
plastic wrap

  
 

Step 2: Making the truffles

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Making the truffle mix:
 
1) Melt 1 stick (1/2 cup) of unsalted butter in the microwave, or in a pan on the stove set on medium-low heat taking care not to burn the butter.

2) Cut the avocado open. Discard the skin and pit. Place all of the soft ripe avocado flesh in a blender, and blend until smooth. If you don't have a blender, place the avocado in the mixing bowl and use an electric beater to blend until smooth. Remove any noticeable lumps, if any. If helpful, you can add a small amount of the melted butter into blender to assist in making the avocado smooth.

3) Blend the avocado, the melted butter, and the vanilla to the mixing bowl.  Add the cocoa, and blend. Add the confectioners sugar and blend.
 
Your truffle mixture should be firm enough to mold into a nice soft ball in your hand. If your dough is too sticky (if it sticks all over your fingers when you try to roll it), add confectioners sugar in 1/4 cup increments until the dough will hold a nice soft shape and is no longer sticky. 
 
4) Wrap your truffle dough in plastic wrap or parchment paper, and place it in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes to firm up slightly.

Step 3: Shaping the mushrooms

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5) Shaping the truffles by hand:
Roll 1 Tablespoon of dough quickly in the palm of your hand into a round ball.
While cupping the ball of dough in the palm of one hand, grasp the center top of the ball with the fingers of your other hand and press/pull the dough into a stem shape

    - Or-

Shaping the truffles by mold:
See the cute little ice tray mold I found in the grocery store? It has a nice flexible tip at the bottom of each little ice cube well, that makes it easy to pop the truffle dough out when you're done. If you have an ice cube tray like this one, just stuff each little ice cube well with 1 Tablespoon of truffle dough, and press/pull with your fingers to shape the excess dough into a stem shape.
 
Put the mushroom shaped truffles into the freezer to harden, about 10-15 minutes.

Step 4: Decorating the truffles

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Decorating the truffles:

6) Microwave 1/2 cup of white vanilla candy melts in a small microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds. Stir. If not smoothly melted, microwave in 10-15 second intervals until melted and smooth. Let cool slightly, but not so that it begins to harden.
 
7)
Remove the chilled mushroom truffle shapes from the freezer.  Holding the mushrooms by the top, dip the stems into the melted white vanilla candy bowl until the stem, and underside of the mushroom top are coated. If (WHEN) you need more white vanilla candy coating, melt another batch in the microwave as per the prior step.
 
8)
Set the mushrooms stem-down into empty ice cube trays to hold them upright, and return them to the freezer to harden.

Step 5: Decorating the mushroom tops

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Decorating the mushroom tops:

A) For Red Mushroom tops:

 
1)
Microwave 1 cup of white vanilla candy melts (or if using white chocolate chips, add 1 tsp shortening to 1 cup of white chocolate chips) for 50-60 seconds. Stir. If not fully melted and smooth, microwave in additional 10-15 second intervals until smooth.
 
2) Add red and orange candy coloring (such as Wilton candy coloring), or red and yellow food coloring and stir. Keep adding small amounts of coloring until you the nice red-orange color you want.
 
3)
Remove the chilled truffles from the freezer, hold them by the white candy coated stem, and dip the tops into the red colored melted candy. Set the truffles stem down back into the empty ice cube tray.
 
4)
Sprinkle immediately with decorating sugar while the tops are still wet. (Once the melted candy sets, the sugar will not stick to the mushroom tops.)
 
B) For light cocoa mushroom tops:

1) Microwave 1 cup of white vanilla candy melts  plus 8-10 light cocoa candy melts(or if using white chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips, add 1 tsp shortening to chips before microwaving) for 50-60 seconds. Stir. If not fully melted and smooth, microwave in additional 10-15 second intervals until smooth.
 
2) For the chocolate flakes, scrape the edge of a chocolate bar with the edge of a vegetable peeler into a small dish.

3) Remove the chilled truffles from the freezer, hold them by the white candy coated stem, and dip the tops into the vanilla/cocoa colored melted candy. Set the truffles stem down back into the empty ice cube tray.

4) Sprinkle immediately with the chocolate flakes while the tops are still wet. (Once the melted candy sets, the sugar will not stick to the mushroom tops.)

Return your candy coated mushrooms to the refrigerator to harden.

Your mushrooms truffles are complete :)
 
......and now, for those over-achievers in the crowd, read on for a few extra steps that will turn your little treats into little edible treasures!

Step 6: Mushroom Truffle Forest Cups

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Mushroom Truffle Forest Cups

To turn your little mushroom truffles into little forest cups like the ones in the photo, you'll need to make a wonderful Mocha Mint chocolate clay base to set your mushrooms on, and decorate them with jelly beans and dyed coconut flakes.
  
Extra Ingredients:
Mocha Mint Chocolate Clay ingredients:

14 oz candy melts (light cocoa works well)
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp mint extract,
1/2 tsp instant coffee such as Starbucks Via Ready Brew

Decorations:
Flake coconut
Green food coloring
jelly beans

Extra supplies:
rolling pin
round cookie cutter (sized to fit your muffin tops), or sharp knife to cut clay into the shape you need to fill your decorative container
Muffin top cups or decorative container*

*These muffin Top Cups are like short, wide cupcake paper liners from "Cupcake Creations", and are slightly sturdier than the usual cupcake paper liners...You could just use little paper doilies, or cut down the sides of some pretty cupcake paper liners to be about 1/2" high. Another idea would be to use cardstock to shape a small shallow square shaped decorative tray.

Step 7: Mocha Mint Chocolate "Clay"

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Mocha Mint Chocolate Clay recipe:
1)
Microwave 14 oz of light cocoa candy melts for 1 minute in the microwave. Stir. If mixture is not smoothly melted, microwave in 30 second increments until mixture is fully melted.

2) Add 1/3 cup light corn syrup, 1/2 tsp mint extract, and 1/2 tsp instant coffee. Stir.
 
The mixture will quickly take on a dough-like feeling while you stir. Once the ingredients are full blended, place your dough on parchment paper. Rub a very light coating of shortening onto your rolling pin and a section of parchment paper and roll out like pie dough with a rolling pin to approx 3/8" thick. 

You can make your candy clay any flavor you like. I made two flavors. The darker one in the photo is the mocha mint. The other is simply 12 oz of vanilla candy, with 2 oz of light cocoa candy, and 1/3 cup of light corn syrup (without the mint or coffee flavoring).
 
Cover tightly with plastic wrap, and leave out at room temperature overnight to "settle"
 
 

Step 8: Decorating the Forest Mushroom Cups

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1) Cut your "base" from the candy clay to fit the size of your muffin top cup, or other decorative container

2) Melt 1/2 cup of candy melts or chocolate chips in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir until smooth.

3) Spread melted chocolate onto your candy clay base

4) Place the candy clay base, wet side up into the decorative container

5) Dip the bottom tip of  a chilled candy coated mushroom stem into the melted chocolate, and press the mushroom into the melted chocolate coated candy clay base. Hold it steadily for a few seconds until it sits securely on its own.
Add as many mushrooms to the base as you like this way.
 
6) Place 1/2 cup of coconut flakes into a small plastic sandwich bag. Add 4-6 drops of food coloring, and shake the bag to mix well until your dye is evenly distributed.
 
7) Add the dyed coconut grass to your decorative container around the base of the mushrooms. Add jelly beans.
 
 
 

Step 9: Epilogue- The busy bee

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I love it when stories have that extra little tidbit at the end that just wraps up the whole plot into a nice complete package. 
 
How about adding a bumble bee truffle to top off your mushrooms?
 
1) Take 1/2 tsp of your chocolate truffle dough, and roll it in your palm to make a "jelly bean" shape. Chill it in the freezer for few minutes.

2) Coat with melted chocolate (I used my chocolate bar for this so as to have a nice dark brown for the bee). Chill again.

3) Add yellow stripes with Yellow Writing Icing (by Cake Mate)

4) Secure to your mushroom by adding a dab of melted chocolate to the belly of the bee. Press the bee onto your mushroom and hold in place until set

5) Add two sliced almond "wings" by dipping one end of each in melted chocolate, and pressing it gently into the bees body on each side. Hold each wing until set.

6) Eyes? Add two dots of blue Writing Icing.
 
7) Smile!  No, seriously- a BIG SMILE. Great job!  Your little Mushroom Forest cups are so darn cute!!
 

ranzo1 year ago

Thanks but i saw magic truffles on magic-truffles-shop.com . They are selling truffles but i am not sure whether its legal or not.

bgartman (author)  ranzo1 year ago

Hi Ranzo- I checked the link you sent--wow, I don't know anything about real truffles, and I always thought they were very rare. Thanks for taking the time to send the link. The recipe I made up doesn't use real truffles, just a lot of chocolate and rich avocado and butter primarily, but the result is cute and delicious.

ranzo bgartman7 months ago

Hey @bgartman -- If you really want to know about real magic truffles than you should visit this blog http://magictrufflesshop.wordpress.com/ .

WUVIE1 year ago

Not sure how I've overlooked this great Instructable all this time.

I love it!

bgartman (author)  WUVIE1 year ago
Awww, thanks so very much!
Biggsy4 years ago
These look awesome... High Five for you
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What!!! I cracked my screen?!
ytashi Biggsy4 years ago
heheh! this is so cute! hi-5!
jadekikyo4 years ago
Aww this is so cute. I love it. I can't wait to try it out. So what kind of a taste does the avacodo add? I hate coffee but I know it can be wonderful in chocolate chip cookies and you would never know it's there. Is it the same kind of thing?

Love the description you have of yourself. You sound a lot like me. I cook, sew, paint, build, ect and my kids believe mommy can make anything which I love. I haven't done the fused glass but that sounds awsome. Are you on etsy?
ytashi4 years ago
here is mine! yey!
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bgartman (author)  ytashi4 years ago
Ohhhh, these are really cute! I really like how yours turned out. Thanks for showing me
ytashi bgartman4 years ago
they were for a tinkerbell themed birthday party.. they don't sell red candy colour here so i had to settle with the colour pink.. :)
mary candy4 years ago
it is so lovely !
I loved you are one of the runners.
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Zombie_BBQ4 years ago
avacado?...interesting will have to try it some time to see what the flavor is like ,just cant picture the taste ...
bgartman (author)  Zombie_BBQ4 years ago
The taste of the avocado in the recipe is really delicious, especially with the Droste cocoa powder. I was so surprised the first time I made them! I have a 12 year old son who is a very selective, picky eater. He and one of his friends were standing by the mixing bowl as I was making the truffles this weekend, fighting over "leftover" chocolate dough. The amount of avocado in the recipe ends up being around 1/2 cup or less, which isn't that much, but just enough to lend it a nice "earthy" taste and a dense creamy texture..
I was thinking that the dough would also be good with a pinch of cinnamon, and a pinch of cayenne pepper also, like a chocolate bar that I recently had that was really good.
I hope you like them :)
I like playing with chocolate :) I made some of these last weekend for a spring get together. Mine didn't turn out as pretty but they were very tasty. I've made other truffle recipes before but the avocado added a new touch. I will have to play with this some more.
Ancho chile powder works great with chocolate ;)
bgartman (author)  GlowGuy4 years ago
I'm really glad to hear that you liked the taste of them. I think most people are a little uncertain about making the recipe when they see avocado as an ingredient. It was really nice of you to add the comment that you made them- thanks!
firefly684 years ago
These are just so darned adorable! And the bumblebee...precious! I am in awe of creative people.

BTW, to substitute for the avocado, I'd think butter would be better than banana, replacing fat with fat. A typical avocado contains 22g of fat, so try adding 2 Tbl. more butter, also 22g of fat.
sdhardie4 years ago
What do you suggest as a substitute for someone who really hate avocado? :D These are adorable.
bgartman (author)  sdhardie4 years ago
Well, somehow they don't actually taste like avocado, so it might be worth a try for you (especially if you have a bunch of friends to help you eat them). Otherwise, I'm thinking banana might work too (I haven't tried that yet)

My 12 year old son and his friends like them, and my son is NOT a fan of avocado either.
Ah just saw below that you suggested banana. Will have to try it. Thanks!
hogtowner4 years ago
This is SO DARN CUTE and FUN! I like making candy which has some alter ego. Like Gummy frogs and chocolate boxes. This is the best truffle idea I have seen in a long time. Thanks for sharing this.
bgartman (author)  hogtowner4 years ago
Your Avatar photo is unbelievably cute! Thanks so much for giving such a nice compliment. I'm blushing! ....oh, maybe that's just a red chocolate smudge from the mushroom truffles :)
I hope you'll try making them, as the Droste cocoa/avocado/butter/confectioner's sugar/vanilla combo is surprisingly addictive .

..and thanks again
LARPkitten4 years ago
It looks like that little measuring spoon would make a great mold for flatter-shaped caps, too!

Do you lubricate the molds with a nonstick spray or oil of any kind? I'm sure they pop out easily after freezing, but if you use a mold that only holds one, would it be difficult to remove the mushroom after it's molded, before it's frozen? (I hope I'm making myself clear...)
bgartman (author)  LARPkitten4 years ago
I agree with you that the measuring spoon is a handy mushroom mold shape! I usually just whip them up by hand, as I think the slightly irregular shapes look more like natural mushrooms.
I didn't spray the mold, as the dough has a fair amount of butter/avocado in it, and this particular mold has a soft rubber flexible bottom that allows you to push the frozen mushroom shapes out easily. If I were using a mold that wasn't flexible, I think it would be best to use a non-stick spray on the pan.

I really appreciate that you took the time to write, and I hope you like the truffles when you make them
Brenda
mary candy4 years ago
delicious
minerug4 years ago
It may interest you to know that in Indonesia, the advocado-chocolate combination is very popular. Everywhere you go sells a drink called 'apulcat' which is chocolate syrup, advocado and sometimes coffee blended together with crushed ice.
That sounds DELICIOUS :) Those are 3 of my favorite foods on earth!
bgartman (author)  minerug4 years ago
That actually sounds really good!
Mongpoovian4 years ago
Neat! I love the idea of the avocado-chocolate combination.
Mig Welder4 years ago
What a work of art!
Nice job :)
kathrynl4 years ago
This looks great! I'll have to try it next time I make truffles (but I will leave out the avocado, as I'm allergic to it).

You could add a hookah-smoking caterpillar on top for a scene from Alice in Wonderland. Tell the kids one side will make you grow really big and the other really small.
bgartman (author)  kathrynl4 years ago
...maybe a small banana would be a good substitute for the avocado?

The Alice in Wonderland scene is a fun idea. I'm not sure how to make a candy hookah though :)